You should have reached an area of grass near the River Wye.
Read out loud to your group:
At the very end of the stone age (in the Neolithic or ‘new stone age’) people started to settle in one place for longer. They still hunted animals and gathered wild plants – but they also farmed the land to grow crops and looked after animals like pigs and cattle.
Near to this place, about 10 minutes walk further along the river, archaeologists found evidence an Early Neolithic settlement – where some of the first farmers in Derbyshire lived and grew crops.
Show the group this picture of archaeologists standing next to the building. The holes in the ground are post-holes, where large timber posts were set up to support the walls and ceiling of the building.
If your group is big enough, pretend to be the wooden posts that support a stone age building. Get up to 10 people to spread out, about 7 paces apart to try and create the outline for a house below. What would they use different rooms for?
What might it have looked like? We don’t know for certain. Get your group to discuss the materials that would have been available to make houses.
The walls were probably made of mud plaster and the roofs thatched with heather.
Some children might like to act out life in the settlement. They can hunt, farm, cook, make clothes or tools, dance or just play.
Show the group this picture of a pot discovered near the real stone age houses. If they haven’t visited the museum yet, tell them to look out for it when they do.