Ötzi's flint knife workshop - 10th November 2018 10-4pm
Ötzi the Iceman was probably one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century after being found in the Italian Alps in 1991. One of the most iconic objects found with Ötzi was his flint knife, found still in its wooden handle and grass sheath. Book a place on this workshop to make your own wooden handled flint knife made using only authentic tools and learn more about the vast amount of information brought to light about life in central Europe 5300 years ago.
The day will start with a talk about Ötzi and his equipment to set the scene for the rest of the day. The first stage is to made a series of flint tools that can be used to shape the wooden handle. The process of flintknapping is challenging so a demonstration will help get your eye in before having a go yourself. You will then make some flint flakes which can be turned into saws, scrapers and knives. You can then begin shaping your wooden knife handle using your flint toolkit. The flint blade must be glued and bound into the wooden handle using birch tar glue to ensure a strong bind.
This workshop is lead by experimental archaeologist James Dilley from Ancient Craft and the University of Southampton. He has been flintknapping for over 15 years and has his work on display at Stonehenge and The British Museum so will be able to give a unique and in-depth insight into prehistoric crafts.
Guidance will be on-hand at all times. Appropriate clothing must be worn for manual work (fully covered shoes and trousers etc)
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 their day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.