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The Big Bronze Age Boat Build

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A National Lottery Heritage fund has enabled a 3-year project exploring the Bronze and Iron Age heritage of Stanwick Lakes, with the Big Bronze Age Boat Build allowing volunteers and the community to explore how our ancient ancestors used materials to survive. The project will embrace experimental archaeology, working with only replica bronze tools and ancient techniques to create a log boat that would have been a common sight on waterways over 4,000 years ago.

Stanwick Lakes Heritage has partnered with Dr James Dilley for this exciting project, an experienced experimental archaeologist specialising in the Stone Age and Bronze Age. He founded AncientCraft to focus on educating and reconnecting people to their prehistoric heritage, and he shares and supports our belief that archaeology and heritage should be accessible for all.

NEW! 2024 Boat Build Weekend dates!

Meet the team and Dr James Dilley, witness the build in action and follow our progress as the boats take shape during our Boat Build Weekends!

30th and 31st March
13th and 14th April
4th and 5th May

Also, make a note of the date for our planned launch – Sunday 21st July 2024! More details will be made available on our website and social media nearer the time.

The Big Bronze Age Boat Build takes place in our hub area by the barns and is fully open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

Keep up to date with the build…

Big Bronze Age Boat Build – A Boat Builder’s Journey

Big Bronze Age Boat Build – A Boat Builder’s Journey

The Big Bronze Age Boat Build has been a fascinating project so far, but how has it been for the volunteers involved...? Aidan Phillips tells us more My name is Aidan Phillips, having been born in Lincolnshire my parents eventually settled in Northants in the early...

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The build is underway!

The build is underway!

Wow, what an exciting two weekends we have had at Stanwick Lakes with the Big Bronze AGE Boat Build! Weekend 1 saw the launch of the boat build, with the volunteers being guided by Dr James Dilley. Logs were stripped of bark and the shaping of the logs started with...

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Volunteer Diaries

I’ve been a woodworker for as long as I can remember, but to use methods that predate me, and my ancestors, using authentic, hand-crafted tools, is a brilliant experience.

Woody

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