This week we have enjoyed learning more about the Anglo-Saxon's. We have already learnt so much during our topic lessons, but the trip gave us the chance to step back in time and experience life as an Anglo-Saxon for ourselves.
We were greeted by a Saxon lady, who explained that we were going to enter Tatters Ton, which was land owned by Lord Tatter. We were taken to the Great Hall and introduced to another member of Lord Tatters staff. They explained that they were waiting for a visiting Viking to come and collect the Danegeld (saxon money). Once the Viking had arrived, he explained that to save us from being sold as slaves, we would need to learn some Saxon skills to prove that we were worth keeping!
The Saxon soldiers had basic weapons and were only protected using shields. We learnt how they worked together to create a shield wall for protection and a Boars Head formation was used to attack.
We also learnt about the techniques needed to bake a simple loaf of bread. The Saxons would hit an entire wheatsheaf with a tool called a flail. This technique was called threshing and it knocked out the corn from inside the wheat. Once this has been done, the Saxons would have winnowed the wheat. This separates the corn from the chaff (unwanted bits). The corn can then be ground by hand using rocks and stones. A Simple dough is then created using water and salt. The bread is baked on an open fire.
Finally we were taken on a dear hunt! We learnt about tracking dear and how hard it can be to get close. The Anglo-Saxons use every bit of the dear. They use the hide for clothing and leather, they eat the meat (Venison), and they use the antlers to make tools and weapons.