Flint knapping and pottery workshops

Learn Something Old


Ancient pit fired pottery with Sally Mareike, July 15  and July 28/29

£120 adults and £80 children (5-16 years old inclusive)

Make and fire pots using ancient techniques in this two-part experimental workshop. Finding inspiration from archaeological evidence of pottery designs from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. On the first day, Sally will show you how to make your own pots using hand-building techniques. You’ll then create your own designs and decorate them using various traditional techniques. The pots will then be left to dry before the pit firing two weeks later. On the second day, you will decorate your pots further, then pack the pit for firing in the afternoon. After the fire is lit you can stay and relax while the pots fire. You will have the opportunity to stay overnight, or return the following day to see the pit being unpacked and your works of art revealed! For the firing, as protection, please bring long sleeves, trousers and closed shoes.

Families welcome and children aged (5yrs to 16yrs) need to be accompanied one-to-one by an adult. Limited places.

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Flint knapping workshop with Bob Turner, 18 August £60, just a few places left

Please contact us if you would like to know when the next flint knapping workshop will be. volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk

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! Looking at earliest ‘man’ who lived here half a million years ago up to when metal replaced flint, we will look at the tools of Heidelbergensis, Neanderthal and earliest Homo Sapiens. Bob is an associate tutor at Sussex University archaeology department and has been flint knapping for over 10 years, running courses at Sussex University, Chichester College, Brinsbury College, the National Trust, English Heritage and Amberley Open Air Museum. 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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