Flint Knapping and Illustration (11 Feb - Stockport)
St Thomas Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor, Stockport, SK6 5LX
Saturday 11th Feb 2012, 9am–3pm
During prehistoric Britain, flint knapping was a key skill to create and maintain the tools needed for everyday life. As archaeologists we find fractured remnants of these tools, and from them we can infer and interpret the daily activities of prehistoric life. Knapped tools also form part of religious beliefs and ritual practices, highly polished tools placed within set contexts can be viewed as ritual deposits.
The nature of flint is varied, and lithic production is not limited flint, lithic production and manufacture includes many forms of rocks both sedimentary and igneous.
This workshop centres on the production and recording of flint tools, Karl Lee will teach you how to produce a flint tool, and give a short lecture covering aspects of tool production, identification and cultures.
The workshop is broken down into three segments:
- Knapping: Learn the basic skills of Flint Knapping, and create your own tool
- Illustration: Learn how to draw and record lithics, using the tool you have created as an example
- Lecture: Provided by Karl Lee, learn the different elements of lithic production, identification and the cultures associated with tool types.
Tickets cost £20 (£18 for CBA members) and are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Your place includes tea, coffee and biscuits and you get to keep your flint tool!
For more information please contact Kirsty Whittall, CfAA, University of Salford, Joule House, Crescent, Salford, M5 4NW or by phone on 0161 295 3821 or email K.Whittall@salford.ac.uk
This training event is brought to you by the Centre for Applied Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology, in association with St Thomas Parish Centre; and funded by English Heritage; with support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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