Ancient Technology workshops

Butser workshops Jo in Neolithic House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient Living, 18 and 19 April, and 3 and 4 October

Experience Ancient Living and learn the skills you would need to survive in the Stone Age. Includes an overnight stay at Butser Ancient Farm and lunch and evening food for you to cook over the fire, and breakfast on Sunday morning.

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Ancient technology

Hands-on workshops to learn basic flint knapping, natural cordage, fire lighting and craft skills and use these ancient technologies to construct your own Stone Age tools and weapons.

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Ancient Skills 17 May, £75 Tutor Mark Havey

Hands-on workshop in a small group using a combination of ancient skills to construct your own Mesolithic spear. You will learn basic flint knapping, natural cordage and fire lighting. Mark Havey from the Butser Education team will help you discover how our ancient ancestors gathered materials and made use of them. This workshoip is suitable for anyone interested in history or bushcraft.

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Flint knapping workshop 31 May, £75. Tutor Bob Turner

Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. Discover the talents and skills of ancient Britons and go home with a flint tool you have made yourself! This course also contains demos on how to percussion knap and pressure flaking and direct instruction on a one-to-one basis. Flint knapping can be done by anybody so come and try to replicate your heritage!

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Flint tools –  an advanced study day 14 June, £95. Tutor Bob Turner

This is a day of flint study for the field archaeologist or flint tool enthusiast who wishes to go beyond introductory knapping and identification, and gain a deeper understanding of the flints that they excavate. This advanced study day, with flint authority Bob Turner, begins with an evaluation of flint – its morphology and characteristics as a technology. That is followed with an in depth evaluation of the flint tools and debitage from the Final Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age. The objective of the workshop is to provide a clear insight into the manufacturing techniques, with a particular emphasis on flint finds from southern British archaeological sites.

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Advanced knapping workshop 12 July, £75, Tutor Bob Turner

If you already have some flint knapping experience and want to take your work to a higher level, this workshop will allow you to try some of the more difficult tasks in making your flint tools. We will discuss in greater depth the way in which you knap and show how to avoid mistakes like step and hinge fracture and hopefully be able to reduce down a bi face by you thinning flakes.

Pressure flaking is part of the process and by using glass this will make the manufacture easier as glass requires less upper body strength so you will be able to produce better results.

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Ancient Skills: Fire and Glue, 6 September, £75 Tutor Mark Havey

Hands-on workshop in a small group to learn different ancient methods of fire lighting. You’ll learn how to make and use an ancient plant-based glue. This glue can then be used to join flint tools and weapons to a wooden haft. Mark Havey from the Butser Education team will help you discover how our ancient ancestors gathered materials and made use of them. This workshoip is suitable for anyone interested in history or bushcraft.

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Butser workshop spear tip

Ancient Skills 13 September, £75 Tutor Mark Havey

Hands-on workshop in a small group using a combination of ancient skills to construct your own Mesolithic spear. You will learn basic flint knapping, natural cordage and fire lighting. Mark Havey from the Butser Education team will help you discover how our ancient ancestors gathered materials and made use of them. This workshoip is suitable for anyone interested in history or bushcraft.

Book here

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Ancient Living, 18 and 19 April, and 3 and 4 October

Experience Ancient Living and learn the skills you would need to survive in the Stone Age. Includes an overnight stay at Butser Ancient Farm and lunch and evening food for you to cook over the fire, and breakfast on Sunday morning.

More information