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Boy with the Bronze Axe - Episode 23

Literature Meets Real History and Archaeology

The Boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler is set in the Neolithic Orkney settlement of Skara Brae. Though written for children this book is also really interesting for adults thinking about how interpretations of Skara have changed over the years. Kim talks to Orkney resident and specialist Caroline Wickham-Jones about the archaeology behind the book when it was written in 1968 and how it could be updated for the 21st century

Guests

Caroline Wickham-Jones https://www.mesolithic.co.uk/contact-me/

Host: Kim Biddulph @kimbiddulph

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Archaeologists preparing a raft to take cores in the loch of Skaill. This picture also illustrates how different Skara Brae is from the era depicted in  The Boy With The Bronze Axe  . The picture is taken by Sue Dawson and the work is funded by Historic Environment Scotland.

Archaeologists preparing a raft to take cores in the loch of Skaill. This picture also illustrates how different Skara Brae is from the era depicted in The Boy With The Bronze Axe . The picture is taken by Sue Dawson and the work is funded by Historic Environment Scotland.

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The Ravens by James Dyer - Episode 5

The Ravens is a children's book about the first Roman invasion in 55 B.C. set around Hertfordshire and particularly the hillfort now known as Ravensburgh Castle. It was written by the excavator himself, James Dyer, who was also a schoolteacher. My guest, Francis Pryor, dug with the late James Dyer on this very site and joins me to share his memories of this early dig and his subsequent experience of digging up roundhouses, among other things.

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Contact

Kim Biddulph: @kimbiddulph and @schprehistory

Francis Pryor on Twitter: @pryorfrancis

Music provided by Nigel Shaw. The track is "Yew" from Dartmoor Roundhouse by Seventh Wave Music at http://www.seventhwavemusic.co.uk/.

Kim Biddulph Director, Schools Prehistory, www.schoolsprehistory.co.uk

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