20 June 2020

Otzi the Iceman: An experimental study day

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Find out about Otzi the Iceman’s life and death, discover the artefacts found with him and learn the skills needed to create your very own ‘Otzi bundle’ to take home.

Start by exploring Otzi’s fire lighting kit which included flints, natural tinders and a container for carrying embers. Then try ancient fire lighting techniques, prepare a range of natural materials to make cordage and learn how to create a birch bark container.

The afternoon session will focus on some of the other artefacts carried by Otzi over 5,300 years ago. Participants can then choose to make a backpack frame or birch fungus to complete their ‘Otzi bundle’.

This is a hands-on course, led by experts in experimental archaeology and survival skills. All skills will be demonstrated by our excellent instructors who will then be on hand to guide participants through each session.

Materials cost £15 per person and are included in the cost of the course.

Course tutors

This day school is being run by Jonny Crockett from Survival School Ltd and Matt Lloyd from Survival School Bristol.

Jonny established Survival School Ltd in 1997 to provide a place of learning for those who wanted to know more about bushcraft and wilderness. They currently run courses in Devon, Staffordshire, Scotland and overseas. Jonny went on his first survival course when he was 14 years old and has been learning ever since. He has frequently been invited to work with the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

Matt set up the Bristol branch of Survival School in 2014 and runs a range of courses from his permanent woodland camp just outside Clevedon, his passion for Bushcraft and wilderness living skills comes from a lifelong love of the countryside and hand making useful products.

Archaeological study days

Bristol Museum 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, 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].