For thousands of years, people have been making flint tools. The well-known flint knapper Markus Plesker has acquired some of the techniques with which the people of the Stone Age have processed flint stones and will gladly pass them on to those who are interested.
Join lithic expert Witold Migal of the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw, Poland for a hands-on workshop. You will be able to find proper raw material for making stone tools and understand their use. Experience different knapping methods such as direct percussion with a hard and soft hammer and the basics of the punch and pressure technique.
Theresa is an avid practitioner of traditional living skills and primitive technology of all kinds. An interest which came in part from growing up in the Rocky Mountains in the USA, where backpacking, hunting and fishing were part of the culture. She has followed this interest into the academic field of Experimental Archaeology in which she holds a PhD from the University of Exeter in the UK.
A bone tool-making Workshop with expert Wulf Hein will take place in September 2018 at the "Zeiteninsel" in Niederweimar-Argenstein. The participants will get to know the stone age techniques and will work with authentic tools and materials. Afterwards they can make their own arrowhead, a fishing hook or even a stone age figurine.
Course suitable for age 12+.
Separating wheat from chaff, grinding grain and backing bread at on open fire or prehistoric oven – Try your hand at Stone Age-style cooking and earn your bread the old-fashioned way.
Felling trees, positioning piles, braiding walls with branches – if you wanted to build a stilt house during the Stone or Bronze Age, you needed a lot of wood, good tools and the right knots – give it a try!
Fine arrowheads, sharp axes and pretty pearls – experimental archaeologists from Norway and Germany show you the fascinating techniques used in the Stone Age to make important tools - You can even give them a try yourself!
Before the advent of modern tanning agents, humans were turning raw skin into usable leather products using very basic techniques and materials. Learn to produce incredibly soft, strong and durable leather from raw animal skin using one of human kind’s earliest tanning technologies!
Prehistory is often neglected in history, because this period takes place before the beginning of history. We do not always know how people lived, what traditions and customs they had, what they believe or why. But many things we know, thanks to the objects and other debris they left behind. The Prehistoric Weekend shows how we think people lived.