The Stone Age for School Kids: the Bryn Celli Ddu Minecraft Experience

The Bryn Celli Ddu Minecraft Experience is an exciting way of exploring the prehistoric past of Anglesey through Minecraft! Teachers, kids and adults can explore the Stone Age archaeology around Bryn Celli Ddu, one of the most impressive megalithic tombs in the UK. Investigate a dark burial chamber from 3000BC, find Neolithic rock art, see what life was like inside a stone age house, and find standing stones in the woods!

The Minecraft Experience is available for all versions of Minecraft but check which one you are using before you download.

For teachers and school children with access to Minecraft Education Edition:

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Front of tomb

Bryn Celli Ddu is one of the most impressive Neolithic burial monuments in the British Isles: a passage tomb, consisting of a stone-built passage into an artificial earth mound, which terminates in a burial chamber. The passage tomb was used as a location for burial around 3000BC, but the site had a much longer history, and exists in a landscape replete with evidence for prehistoric ritual activity. Since 2015, Dr Ben Edwards and Dr Seren Griffiths of MMU; Dr Ffion Reynolds of Cadw; and Adam Stanford of Aerial Cam, have been running the Bryn Celli Ddu Landscape Project

Of absolutely central importance to our project over the course of the last five years has been the involvement of the local community in all our research work. Every year, volunteer excavators have been part of the excavations; in partnership with Cadw we have run public open days; we have hosted school visits; designed a local prehistoric treasure hunt; developed a smartphone app; and hosted temporary exhibitions with Oriel Ynys Môn. However, with the introduction of the Coronavirus lockdown, we were forced to cancel all our work for the 2020 season. Whilst this was a great shame, it did provide the opportunity for more imaginative ways of connecting people with the prehistoric past. This is the context for the Bryn Celli Ddu Minecraft Experience.