In the footsteps of the Neolithic…

Last week we stepped back in time to about 3806BC to reconstruct a section of the famous Neolithic trackway, the Sweet Track. This ancient 2km wooden walkway traversed the waterlogged reed beds to connect the island of Westhay with the Polden Hills.

The unique preservation of this prehistoric, engineering marvel has allowed a real glimpse into the lives of those people living within the Somerset Levels nearly 6000 years ago.

Our aim, was to create a replica of this trackway for visitors at Shapwick Heath NNR to experience what it was like to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors. The prototype stretch has been subject to vigorous health and safety testing by our staff (predominantly jumping up and down) and are awaiting the go ahead for us and our Hands on Heritage volunteers  to construct a further 20m or so, into the reed bed.

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