See recent finds in two special displays for the Festival of Archaeology. One display focuses on the internationally-important Mesolithic site at Lunt Meadows, Sefton and the other display is about the community archaeology excavation at Rainford, St Helens.
Lunt Meadows has revealed evidence for the houses of people living in the area around 5,800BC - these people were hunter-gatherers and this is rare evidence for their settling in houses, rather than travelling round the landscape and setting up more temporary camps. Finds include flint tools blades and stone net sinkers - suggesting a varied diet of meat and fish along with the collection of berries and roots.
The potting and clay-pipe cottage industries of the Rainford village are being investigated through the Rainford's Roots project. On display as part of the Festival of Archaeology will be just a few of the near-complete post-medieval cups, bowls and other pots discovered so far. Further information about the project and how to get involved is on the Rainford's Roots website.