Getting a taste of Saxon life

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HISTORY lovers got the chance to discover more about the life of The Saxons.

A Saxon Invasion! event was held at Portsmouth City Museum.

Thomas Keeling (11) a pupil at The Waterloo School in Waterlooville, with his sister Sophie Keeling (8) as they look at foods from the 6th and 7th centuries and how they were grown and then eaten ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132096-4945)

Thomas Keeling (11) a pupil at The Waterloo School in Waterlooville, with his sister Sophie Keeling (8) as they look at foods from the 6th and 7th centuries and how they were grown and then eaten ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (132096-4945)

Visitors met the first Germanic settlers of Meon Valley, the Meonwara tribe who occupied southern Hampshire, and watched demonstrations of the early medieval period (520-680AD) – often referred to as the Dark Ages.

Weorod, an independent historical re-enactment and living history society, put on displays and demonstrations.

They set up a camp where they did metal and leather work and did an Anglo-Saxon burial demonstration.

Crowds were given an explanation of how it was done.

Thomas Keeling, 11, of Waterloo School in Waterlooville, had a great time tasting food that would have been eaten during the 6th and 7th centuries with his sister Sophie, eight.

The fun-filled occasion was part of the Festival of British Archaeology, a two-week national programme.

Katy Ball, a curator at Portsmouth City Museum, said: ‘It was great.

‘It didn’t rain on us which was a big plus and we were busy all weekend.

‘Some people spent all day with us which was fantastic.

‘It was worthwhile.

‘We try to do something every year during the festival.’

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