CHILDREN LEARN TO MAKE PREHISTORIC POTTERY AND PAINTINGS
Press Release / 2012-06-07 18:25:42
Hundreds of children from Javea have visited the exhibition entitled “Art and Death in the Montgo: The Cave in the Migdia Ravine" in the Cirne Foundation these last few weeks. In addition to listening to the local archaeologist, Ximo Bolufer explain the process of excavating the nearly 5,000-year-old remains as well as give information about the Montgo, the Chalcolithic period, its settlers and their customs, they were able to immerse themselves inside the 3D replica of the burial cave and take part in several arts and crafts workshops.
The school children learned to mould pottery, which they took home, using prehistoric techniques. They also learned to make paintbrushes with animal hairs they then used to paint over murals in the prehistoric style. Sources from Cirne have indicated that this week they have received the visits of students from the Graüll, Arenal and Vicente Tena schools and that all the children were delighted with the exhibition that has taken them back 5,000 years through the history of Jávea.
After the tour, the students received a booklet containing information about the collection, as well as practice exercises to reinforce the lessons learned.
These workshops complement the exhibition "Art and the Mongtó mort", funded by the Ministry of Culture and will remain open to the public at the headquarters of the Cultural Foundation (Avenida de Alicante number 18) until 30th June. The exhibition consists of 12 display panels that review the characteristics of the cave, the remains found, its historical context and the entire excavation process and subsequent cataloguing using state of the art methods. There are also showcases featuring some of the findings and a reproduction of paintings and a 3D representation of the cave that can be visited inside.