Ancient Craft, setup and run by James Dilley is dedicated to the archaeology of primitive crafts and technologies that encompass three prehistoric ages: STONE; BRONZE and IRON. This includes working with natural materials like flint, wood, bone, leather, ceramics, metals, fibres and wools. My outreach objective is to encourage people of all ages to learn about long-lost crafts by bringing back to life our ancestors skills and knowledge from the primitive past.
A PhD student at the University of Southampton, James is a craftsman and re-enactor who specialises in all prehistoric technologies. Working with museums (British Museum, Stonehenge, Pitt Rivers museum), heritage centres and media (Time Team; Coast; National Geographic; The Great British Countryside), publishers (Dorling Kindersley, New Scientist), photographers, schools and geologists in research and experimental archaeology.
Deliver a range of experiential lessons from Stone Age to Iron Age, including mapping, death and burial and computer programming.
Prehistory of Britain and northern Europe. Run sessions, with various age groups, on our earliest ancestors, lithics, artefact handling, field archaeology and recording as well as local field trips.
Bronze Age rock art, Mesolithic houses, prehistoric archaeology
Archaeological workshops, site visits, outreach for Arbor Low Environs Project, advice about sites in and around the Peak District