Bronze Age dagger casting - 3rd March 2020
In the early Bronze Age, a dagger was a true sign of status and power. Images of daggers can be seen on megaliths around Europe including one of the upright sarsen stones at Stonehenge. Join experimental archaeologist James Dilley to cast your own dagger blade.
Following a safety briefing, workshop attendees will prepare their own mould, before working the leather bellows on the charcoal fueled furnace to melt the bronze. They will then cast the liquid metal into their prepared moulds to produce a replica bronze age dagger blade to take home at the end of the day. Students can then begin filing off the casting flash and start cleaning the surfaces of the sword.
There will be short talk over lunch about the life and times of Bronze Age people in Europe. It will cover our current understanding of technology in the Bronze Age and how it is reflected in archaeology. It will be an informal talk with lots of scope for open discussion. There will be lots of replica and real prehistoric artefacts to accompany the talk by James.
Guidance will be on-hand at all times.
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself. Refreshments are provided on the day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.
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