2Who lived in Britain before the Romans arrived? “I am Seren of the Corieltavi tribe.I will tell you about Iron Age life.The Romans are coming and we must protect our land.”
3It was the period when people used What was the Iron Age?It was the period when people used_ _ _ _for the first time.What did Iron Age people useiron to make?
4When was the Iron Age? Do you know what BC and AD mean? It is different across the world but forBritain it fell between c. 800 BC and AD 43Do you know what BC and AD mean?
5What is the Hallaton Treasure? Around 2000 years ago, people gathered at a shrine near Hallaton toworship their gods.A shrine is an open-air religious sitePeople buried thousandsof coins and celebrated with great feasts.
6What was found at Hallaton? Archaeologists found coins and some silver objects, thousands of pig bones and the remains of a Roman helmet.The oldest Roman coin ever found in Britain was found at Hallaton. It was made in 211 BC (Before Christ).Over 5000 gold and silver coins were foundCoins being excavated fromthe Iron Age shrine near Hallaton
7What can the Hallaton Treasure tell us? The Treasure was buried around the time of the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43Iron Age people didn’t read or write and we don’t know much about life in the Iron Age before the Romans arrivedIron Age people may have received gifts from the Romans and been on their sideIron Age people were making coins and metal objectsLots of people were meeting at HallatonThe people at Hallaton may have been worried about Romans so asked gods for help by sacrificing things
8What was Iron Age life like before the Romans invaded? Some Iron Age people were farmers, some were craftsmen who made pots, jewellery and metal toolsMost Iron Age people lived inroundhouses made of wattle anddaub (panels of woven wood andmud used to fill the gaps) with 20–30 members of their familyThe Romans said Iron Agepeople wore colourful, long woollen clothesIron Age people wore brooches, necklaces and armlets made of bronze and gold
9Iron Age people lived in tribes Can you see the tribe that Seren belonged to?It covers the area we call the East Midlands
10Why did the Romans invade Britain? We don’t know exactly…They had heard from traders that Britain had many riches and wanted to take it’s land and precious metals like iron, silver and goldRoman leaders wanted to become more popular amongst Roman people by conquering a new land and making Rome more powerfulWhat do you think?
11Would you have welcomed the Romans or fought them? The Romans said that when in battle, Iron Age people painted their skin with blue woadThey spiked their hair into points and dyed it with limewashIron Age women took part in battles and ruled tribes, for example Boudicca of the Iceni tribeIron Age warriors, Dover Museum, Stephen ArnoldWhy might Iron Age people have gone into battle made up like this?
12Why did Iron Age people make sacrifices to their gods? Iron Age people sacrificed valuable items like coins or food to their godsOver 300 pigs were eaten or sacrificed at the Hallaton shrinePigs were generally only eaten either at special occasions or by important peopleThe Hallaton Treasure may have been buried as sacrificesWhat might Iron Age people have been asking their gods for protection from?
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