Ötzi's copper axe workshop - 24th February 2019 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 copper bladed axe, it is the only example in the world of such a well-preserved copper axe (with handle and binding). This workshop offers the chance to cast your own replica of Ötzi's copper axe 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. Workshop students will then prepare moulds before heading out to prepare the charcoal fuelled furnace. They will then cast molten copper into the moulds and begin hammering then cleaning the axe. Information regarding hafting methods will be provided.
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.