BRINGING THE SUBJECT ALIVE WITH AN INTERACTIVE HISTORY LESSON!
Experience the Stone Age first hand learning the skills and crafts of our ancestors in our woods or in your classroom. Get up close and personal with furs and skins, flint and obsidian tools, grass, pottery and rawhide baskets, hold the tools that your ancestors used to shape our future.
We take participants on a journey through the Stone Age discovering ancient skills and traditional crafts. Delve into the Stone Age to discover how our ancestors lived and thrived without modern equipment. We combine history with creativity encouraging participants to learn about their environment, ask questions about their ancestors and explore the uses of the natural resources around them.
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.
Late Bronze Age to Early Medieval, social archaeology, archaeological techniques.
Everything we do is knowledgeable and hands on, Try our VR headsets and explore a Roundhouse, build an aqueduct, try spinning wool, grinding flour on a rotary quern, an artefact dig, wattle and daub, and so much more. All of the artefacts we use are not just for handling but using. see our facebook page.
Prehistoric landscapes of the south of England and can run field trips
Happy to hear from teachers looking to use heritage data and science in the classroom and beyond.