Wearing Beads, Anglo-Saxon fashion

Launching the education programme at the Antoinette Centre for 2018 is a workshop from Mobile-archaeology exploring Anglo-Saxon Bling.

The Anglo-Saxon people made use of highly decorated beads, made using many exotic materials to create elaborate necklaces and adornments for their clothing. Bead sets were the ‘must have’ item for Anglo-Saxon women.

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The workshop at the Antoinette Centre will use examples of beads found in the excavation of Anglo-Saxon graves to explore how these objects were manufactured and worn, and how the type, arrangement and position of beads can be used to trace fashions in Anglo-Saxon costume and reveal  the customs and beliefs of these people.

The workshop will be provided by Helen Harrington of Mobile-Archaeology and will be held at the Antoinette Centre between 10:00 am – 12:30 pm on Saturday, 28th April 2018 and costs £20.00

Go to the mobile-archaeology website to book now for the workshop.

If you’d like a sneak peak at the world of Saxon beads, here’s a link to some VM_365 project articles on the amber beads found at Monkton, Thanet which are shown above and  a set of glass beads found in a grave at the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Sarre, in Thanet

Ceramic Thanet Workshop – September 2017

Nigel talks through the pottery timeline layout

Two one day workshops on the use of pottery and ceramic object in archaeological research were held at the Antoinette Centre on the 29th and 30th September 2017.

Led by the Ceramic Thanet project team, Nigel Macpherson-Grant and Paul Hart, the workshops gave an introduction to pottery and other ceramic objects from all periods from Prehistory to the Industrial era, using examples from Thanet and the East Kent region.

Fourteen people, ranging from interested individuals to members of established archaeological groups in Kent, as well as professional archaeologist, took part in the two wide-ranging and informative workshops.

At the heart of the workshops were the examples of local ceramic material selected from the Trust’s collections, which the participants could view and handle. The pottery examples were arranged in extensive themed layouts on tables set up throughout the Antoinette Centre building. A unique opportunity to experience a significant range of archaeological material in a chronological sequence.

Layout showing aspects of pottery manufacturing

All aspects of pottery and ceramic artefacts were explored, from the materials and production methods of ancient potters, to the vessel forms and fabric characteristics of different archaeological periods.

More pottery discussions over lunch in the garden

In breaks and at lunchtime on both days, the Antoinette Centre garden was the venue for more debate and discussion of the material on display, reflecting the Trusts aim to use the whole space for thinking and learning.

The Ceramic Thanet workshops were a successful pilot for the Antoinette Centre’s education activities, which will continue with several similar workshops and explorations of local artefacts in 2018.

A nice place to do archaeology

Welcome to the Antoinette Centre. In the next few days we are going to be letting you know about some exciting opportunities for you to learn about archaeology at the centre.

The centre has recently been refurbished into a lovely space for teaching and learning.

We think its a nice place to do archaeology, and we hope that you will too.