Ashover School“s Rare 3000-year-old Bronze Age Find.
from the Matlock Mercury, Wednesay 10th October, 2001.

ASHOVER pupils are getting a taste of life 3,000 years ago after a rare archeological find was discovered on their playing field.

Two prime specimens of Bronze Age rock art almost ended up as builder“s rubble when contractors levelled off a field outside Ashover Primary School.

Teacher, Marisa Signori said: "When experts saw the find I have never seen so many grown men jump up and down.

"Once they confirmed it was genuine rock art, we had to decide whether they were to be taken or kept in the school.

"Thankfully we managed to keep them and they were moved to the environment area of the playing field."

Backed by a £17,780 Countryside Agency grant, fibreglass casts replicating the rocks will be made and exhibited in a Sheffield museum.

Since the massive boulders were unearthed pupils have stepped back in time to see how their ancestors lived.

Instead of being taught in the comfort of a classroom pupils will try learning in a woven, wood Bronze Age roundhouse, which they have been busy making.

Archaeologist Frank Robinson has helped with the project.

He said: "The building of the roundhouse has been very educational.

"The pupils have done all the work, they have measured and marked it out, even the nursery school children have been involved.

"We have had community Saturday“s where we have had at least 40 people building it.

"Community involvement is a really big part of the school."

Two different types of rock art were found at the school last April.

One variety of markings resembled finds in archeological digs at Gardoms Edge, near Baslow.

But the other form of rock art has rarely been seen in the Dales.

"We are on the southern limit of this rock art in this country," added Mr Robinson.

"There are a lot of these Bronze age markings in southern Scotland, parts of the Irish Republic and also Brittany."