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Immersed in Lithics. Direct engagement with the stones of prehistory

Event date: 
Wednesday, 19 November, 2014
Organised by: 
Manchester Museum (UK)
Kind of Event: 
for Professionals

how were stone tools made? What is experimental archaeology?

This one-day event, organised by archaeology postgraduate research students from the University of Manchester and elsewhere (in conjunction with the Manchester Museum and the Lithics Studies Society), will include flint knapping demonstrations by professional knapper, Karl Lee, as well as a variety of hands-on workshops. In the workshops participants will be encouraged to investigate first-hand the interaction between people and materials through the processes of working stone by knapping and grinding.

Come and discover a world of making stone axes, arrowheads and more! Suitable for all skill levels.

Timetable (provisional):

10.00am -11.00am
How to make a Palaeolithic handaxe - demonstration by Karl Lee

11.15 am -1.00pm
Drop-in workshops including learning to knap, knapping with different raw materials (including glass, porcelain and candy as well as flint and obsidian), and you can even help to grind an axe , or make an ornament. You can even engross yourself in a 3-D jig-saw by reconstructing cores and artefacts. In addition there will also be tours of the Ancient Worlds Gallery where you will have the opportunity to provide feedback on how you think stone tools might understood by a wide audience in a Museum context. These workshops will continue in the afternoon.

1.00pm to 2.00pm
Lunch (own arrangements - there are facilities for packed lunches in Museum).

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Karl Lee demonstrates how to make Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age tools with a commentary by a lithic specialist.

3.00pm – 4.00pm
More opportunities to take part in the hands-on sessions which you missed in the morning or you can simply continue knapping.

Image Courtesy Marquardt Lund