Bronze axe casting at the Great Orme copper mine - Monday 22nd June 2020
Cast your own replica Bronze Age axe in the surroundings of the 4000 year old Great Orme copper mine! A truly unique opportunity to experience Bronze Age metalworking in one of its most most locations. This workshop is led by experimental archaeologist and PhD student James Dilley from the University of Southampton.
Following a safety briefing, workshop attendees will prepare their own mould, before working the leather bellows on the charcoal fuelled furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast the liquid metal into their prepared moulds to produce a replica early bronze age axe head to take home at the end of the day. Students can then begin decorating the axe, filing off the casting flash and start cleaning the surfaces of the axe.
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.
Entry to the mines is included in the workshop ticket price. More information about the mines can be found here: https://www.greatormemines.info/
Guidance will be on-hand at all times. Appropriate clothing must be worn for manual work (fully covered shoes and trousers etc).
Refreshments can be purchased from the visitor centre, Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
Attendees must be over 16.
Please note, this workshop is not held at Berrycroft Hub (SN6 8LX).
The workshop location is Pyllau Rd, Llandudno, North Wales, LL30 2XG