2 May 2020

An introduction to flintknapping

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Find out how our ancestors created and used flint tools in prehistory in this exciting experimental session.

Watch a live demonstration and discover the skills needed to work and shape flint into a range of tools.

Learn how to knap under the guidance of our expert instructor and have a go at creating your own flint tools including blade cores, scrapers and arrowheads. Everyone will take home at least one item that they have made during the day!

This is a hands-on course, led by Karl Lee from Primitive Technology. Karl is an expert flint knapper with over 30 years experience who has led sessions for a wide variety of professional bodies, schools and the general public. His flint tools can be found in museums and universities across the country.

Archaeological study days

Bristol Museums has run a programme of study days since 2013 and an archaeological field school since 2019. Profits from study days and the field school help support the work of Bristol Museums.

Study Days are based at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Blaise Museum or M Shed. Each session focuses on a different aspect of archaeology and is led by an expert in their field. Depending on the subject, the day usually involves a mix of illustrated presentations, practical activities, behind the scenes tours and/or a chance to study collections not usually on display.

All sessions are suitable for complete beginners to those who have studied archaeology before but are keen to find out more. They are open to everyone aged 16 and over.

The study day programme and field schools are directed by Kate Iles, curator of archaeology. For more information or to join our mailing list please contact [email protected].