My friend Linda came down from Karlstad to see us with three out of her four kids and we had decided to do something together. This village is open to the public during the summer months, and it's displaying a reconstruction of prehistoric settlements from the Old Stone Age, the New Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Animals of old native breed roam freely in the village.
This particular day they had a 'Family Day', which meant that the village was "alive" with actors demonstrating various prehistoric techniques and there was a special interactive play for the kids that we took part in.
We started in the prehistoric pantry. It contained some of the plants that were used for provisions. Today most of them are regarded as weeds, but the fact is, they belong to the most nutritional food we have.
The interactive play got us to eat a "sagogryn", a magical seed that would take us back to the Stone Age.
We then had to pick a few plants for the shaman:
We were on a mission to find our guides missing doll, Flinta. We went to see by the lake, if her friend Knota had seen her:
She hadn't, so we went to she the shaman, and offer him the plants we had picked; to see if he could see where Flinta might be:
In the end it turned out it was the Shaman that had taken Flinta, because he was jealous and wanted a nice doll too. So we met up with another Stone Age girl, called Pärla, who taught us all how to make our own dolls, out of leather, grass and bone:
We were also allowed to try shooting with a bow and arrow:
We tried making tools and weapons out of flint:
And we helped making a new log boat:
It was really nice to wander around the village. We saw everything, here a simple Old Stone Age hut, reconstructed from findings in DK, probably built about 8,000 years ago.
This hut behind us is from the Bronze Age, which lasted from 1800 to 500 BC in Sweden.
We could also try canoeing, which the kids loved, in Old Stone Age log boats.
It was so beautiful and peaceful to paddle around on the little lake.