A step back in time as students net old skills

Archaeology students from Newcastle University try ancient craftwork like leather work and flint making at North Shields Fish Quay.'REF 2309142670

Archaeology students from Newcastle University try ancient craftwork like leather work and flint making at North Shields Fish Quay.'REF 2309142670

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Archaeological students took a step back in time to learn the skills needed for a thriving industry.

The first year students at Newcastle University were introduced to the skills used by ancestors at the region’s latest visitor attraction on North Shields Fish Quay.

Members of the archaeology department took over the Old Low Light and Clifford’s Fort as part of an introduction to their course following an invited from The Net North Shields, based at the Fort.

The students experienced a range of hands-on traditional skills and ancient crafts, some of them demonstrated by traditional craftspeople and artisans. They got hands-on experience of stone carving, leather making, wood carving, flint knapping, archaeology, net making, pottery and bread making and ended the day discovering how their maritime forefathers entertained themselves.

Pearl Saddington, centre manager of The Net North Shields, said: “The Net is absolutely thrilled to be part of the students induction programme.

“Throughout their studies, the students will be given the chance to get their hands dirty on field trip, however, today is about the students developing a sense of empathy for the past helping them to put their archaeological finds into their historical, social and cultural context.

“Many of the skills they will have a chance to experience have a direct correlation with the Fish Quay area such as leather working, net making and pottery.”

Simon Tyson, stone-carver, added: “I have been involved in his programme for a number of years and I am really excited about this year’s stunning location.

“The hands-on workshops help the students begin to appreciate the skills and sheer hard work their ancestors executed in order to create their world.”