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Stone age jewellery

Workshop
Stone age jewellery
11 August, 2020

Stone age jewellery

Stone age jewellery

Humans have an innate need to decorate themselves and their surroundings, it is part of us and goes back to our very beginnings. This characteristic has given us some beautiful insights into Prehistoric cultures but looking at the abstract carvings, little beads, pierced teeth and shells it is easy to underestimate how important they may have been to the wearer.

Jewellery tells a story, it may be a personal story, little treasures collected throughout your life, it may be your tribes story- a way of identifying friend from enemy, showing your role or status. Often the decorations from clothing, beads, exotic shells, are all that survives of prehistoric clothing. What does that tell us about the people and how they lived?

We will begin by trying some basic techniques for working bone and antler using flint tools, including the production of bone beads. You will have the opportunity to work with bone, teeth and various other materials (stone, shell, antler, possibly amber) but if you have materials you want to use, please bring them too. We will also look briefly at cordage, how to string your necklace, and methods of fastening.

Timetable:
8 may 2021 at 14:30 am

Duration: workshop will last 4 hours

Take the following with you:

sit mat/chair

About The Speaker

I found my way to a love of bushcraft at a very young age. A love of fossil collecting quickly led to an interest in flintknapping and all things prehistoric. For 13 years I worked for Ray Mears Company Woodlore, working on, and running a variety of bushcraft courses.

I've been involved in re enacting since the age of 7 and have dabbled in many historical skills (such as spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting, pottery and basketry) in addition to the fire lighting, shelter building and trapping that are the core of bushcraft. More recently I began working with expert Flint knapper Will Lord, conducting stone age school visits, and last summer took over the running of that part of the business. I and my fellow Caveman visit schools all over the UK, giving the children hands-on experiences of stone age life. Read more >

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