Contents

THE CELTS

'NUALA & HER SECRET WOLF'

Worksheet 5

TIMELINE

Iron Age in
Ireland

Century

1BC

Pottery

Read & Write
(Chapter 13)

1 What did the woman from Lough Gurr make her pots from?


2 What did she do with the clay in the spring?




3 What did she mix with the clay?



4 What did she use the smooth pebble for?



5 How did she harden the pots?

Fact File

Iron Age pots that were made in Ireland are mostly of a grey-black colour and fairly coarse, with a gritty feel.
Other pots have been found dating from the same period which were not made in Ireland, - but in England or France and very good pottery has been found from the Romans called Samian Ware. This pottery was bright red, very smooth, and highly decorated. This shows that the Iron Age Celts traded with other countries.

Draw...!

Draw a picture of a Celtic pot.

Explore...!

Try making a pot out of clay. There are two ways:
1 Make a 'snake' out of the clay and wind it around to make a coil pot.
2 Take a lump of clay and put your thumb in the middle and widen the hole.
Decorate the pot with a pattern.

Imagine......!


Imagine that you are captured by an Iron Age tribe and you are set to work making pots. Write about what your life would be like and what you would do.

Imagine that you are digging in your garden and you find a strange pot made from coarse gritty pottery. Is there anything in the pot? What happens next? Write down the story.