Lancefield MEGA FAUNA Festival and Lancefield Market

Date: 24/11/2018
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

The 4th annual Extinct Lancefield Megafauna Festival is taking place on Saturday 24 November coinciding with the Lancefield Farmers Market. There is a full day of activities planned to celebrate the unique megafauna fossil deposit in our town.

Get down and dirty at the ‘Lancefield Swamp’. Take a walk along the megafauna trail and join archaeologist Cameron McKenzie and his colleagues as they sieve through material taken from previous digs. Cameron is happy to chat about his experiences at the Lancefield Swamp and also discuss future plans. The team will be on site from 9am to 2.30pm. It is a 20 minute stroll from High Street to the trail entry at the corner of Chauncey Street and Park Lane.

For our young palaeontologists we have mini megafauna clay sculpture workshops in the Megafauna Plantation High Street. They will be hosted by local artist, Dawn Robinson. Sessions are every 20 minutes from 9.30am to 2.30pm at a cost of $5. Clay and tools provided. Bookings are encouraged.

There will also be the mega sand jigsaw, the mega mural to hand paint and visitors including Museums Victoria. Children can also meet ‘Frankenroo’ with Dr. Sanja van Huet. Sanja will tell you all about this invaluable fossil.

There are a couple of talks to enjoy in the Annexe to the Lancefield Mechanics Hall. Local horticulturalist, Greg Boldiston, will present a talk about fungi and its relationship with the ecosystem. Greg will explain how the fungi survives and thrives in the Macedon Ranges environment. There are only a couple of months a year you get to see the fungi, but that doesn’t diminish its importance to the flora system. This is a spectacular visual presentation starting at 10am (cost $5, tickets available on the day from the information booth).

At 12 noon Dr. Sanja Van Huet will present an interactive chat specifically designed for younger people about the history of megafauna in Australia, focusing on the fossil bones that have been found in the Lancefield Swamp. Sanja will discuss how palaeontologists dig up the bones and what they discover. There will be an opportunity to ask Sanja questions about past digs. If you have any fossils, Sanja would love to see them and perhaps identify them for you. The session is recommended for 10-14 year olds and the cost is just $5.

There are two bus tours on offer as part of the festival. Discover Wil-im-ee Moor-ring (Mt. William) — ‘Home of many axes’. Access to the quarry is strictly managed through the Wurundjeri. The site is considered one of the most important Aboriginal quarries in Australia; it is of international significance and listed on the National Register of Important Cultural Places. There will be three bus trips departing at 9am, 10am and 11am but bookings are essential.

The second bus tour on offer is to Camels Hump. Tour guide, Greg Boldiston, will take you to the car park of Camels Hump at Mt Macedon. From there, it’s a steep 15 minute walk to the peak so good walking shoes and a reasonable level of fitness is required. Greg is a trained horticulturist and plant collector, with a passion for natural science and the natural world. He will share his knowledge of the flora, history and geology of the area and enjoy the views across the Cobaws, Hanging Rock and back towards Lancefield and Mt William. The cost is $20 and again you will need to book to avoid missing out. You will be back in Lancefield in time for afternoon tea.

The doors of the Lancefield Mechanics Hall will open at 2.30pm, with the highlight of the day commencing at 3pm. The feature talk is titled ‘Discovering the past: a revolution in archaeology and palaeontology’. The session starts at 3pm with guest speakers Dr. Billy Griffiths and Dr Patrick Greene OBE being followed by a question and answer session which include Dr Sanja and Cameron McKenzie. The cost, including afternoon tea, is $15 ($5 for children under 16).

For more information and bookings go to:

http://www.facebook.com/pg/lancefield.megafauna/events or visit the Lancefield Neighbourhood House for details and bookings.

Source: http://www.lancefield.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Mercury-WEB-NOV18.pdf

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