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Behind the scenes at Bronze Age boat build in Falmouth

By AliceWright  |  Posted: November 02, 2012

The replica Bronze Age boat in progress at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth

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 Visitors can go behind the scenes of a project to build a replica Bronze Age boat at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth next Saturday. 
The University of Exeter has been conducting the archaeology experiment at the museum since April, using Bronze Age tools to reconstruct a prehistoric boat. 
On Saturday November 10, the Maritime Museum in Falmouth will be holding a special 2012BC event where visitors can see the results of the six month project to build the boat, and discover more about Cornwall and the sea in the Bronze Age, with activities, talks and Q&A sessions.
Andy Wyke, Boat Collection Manager at the Maritime Museum, said: "This event will be a great opportunity for visitors to peek behind the scenes and meet the team responsible for building our replica Bronze Age boat.  
"Children and adults can drop-in and learn how tools were used 2000 years ago or try their hand at casting axe heads out of chocolate!"
This collaborative boat building project is led by Professor Robert Van de Noort from the University of Exeter. One of the world's leading experts in Bronze Age period boats, he is heading up the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, and hasn't been shy in getting hands-on with the build.
Professor Van de Noort said: "It's one thing to know of the processes behind the evolution of these boats but it's another to actually get to grips with the tools and learn the skills used to create them.  
"Spending time working with the teams on the construction has led to a new level of discovery and this event will be a wonderful opportunity to share some of what we've uncovered."
The 2012BC Special Event takes place at the Maritime Museum on Saturday November 10, with drop-in sessions from 11am to 4pm.  
All the activities are free with a museum entrance ticket, but adult supervision is required.  
For more information on opening times and admission prices visit www.nmmc.co.uk or call 01326 313388.

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