The Story of Things

Series Five: A World of Wonder - the wonder of human evolution

June 3, 2019

Can recreating the activity of our prehistoric ancestors help us in understanding human evolution? Dr Aimee Little, from the University of York's Department of Archaeology, introduces the York Experimental Archaeological Research (YEAR) Centre, an outdoor experimental archaeology workspace, nestled in amongst a grove of protected trees adjacent to a lake. At what feels and looks very much like a prehistoric campsite, students can experience first-hand what it would have been like to craft objects in the past using traditional techniques; for example, firing a pot, hafting an arrowhead, or weaving a basket out of reeds.