Make and Break Project 2011-2014
Performance at Carreg Coeten Arthur, Pembrokeshire

Performance at Carreg Coeten Arthur, Pembrokeshire

The ‘Make and Break’ project took place at Tinkinswood chambered tomb and its surrounding landscape in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, and then moved out to include 7 other sites across Wales. This inluded St Lythans Burial Chamber, Pentre Ifan, Carreg Coetan Arthur, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Trefignath, Bryn Celli Ddu and Barclodiad-y-Gawres.

The project formed the school outreach element of the Tinkinswood Community Archaeology Project which included the excavation of three particular areas – two possible fallen burial chambers and the possible quarry for the 40-ton capstone used at Tinkinswood.

The children involved were given the chance to explore different ways of experiencing and interacting with the past through music and drama and by working outside of the school environment at Tinkinswood itself.

The collection of interviews gathered during the project reveal how the children perceive the Neolithic past, and especially about the way they felt more free, spontaneous, and natural through expressing ideas about the past at Tinkinswood itself, as opposed to being in the classroom.The results suggest that community archaeology can be used to ask big philosophical questions about mortality and religion, providing a new way to approach sensitive topics, without privileging one worldview over another.

A summary of the Tinkinswood outreach project can be viewed here.

A full summary of the project has been published by Time and Mind: the Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture, and can be accessed here.


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