restored from 16/12/2019
Wow - we had an awesome workshop with our experimental archaeologist & historical crafts people Sally Pointer and Gareth Riseborough on Sunday!
They were tutoring the prehistoric beads & pendants workshop working with lumps of Baltic Amber, ingots of tin, nodules of jet-like shale, baskets of shells, boxes of teeth & bone. We had a really fun group that rolled up their sleeves & got to work to produce some really beautiful necklaces.
To inspire them & increase their knowledge both Sally & Gareth presented a contextual talk on what we know about beads & pendants in prehistory from archaeological evidence.
Gold featured of course - a burial at Varna, with some of the world's oldest gold jewellery, dating back to 4,600 - 4,200 BC included what is thought to have been a gold penis sheath. (A case of if you’ve got it, flaunt it we’re guessing!)