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.
Prehistoric objects, local sites, using aerial photographs, West African prehistory.
A typical day caters for upto 4 classes. We start altogether with a walk through timeline travelling back to the beginnings of human history in Britain. The children dress up as ancestors from the stone, copper, bronze and iron ages. The children then work in class groups on activities such as grinding corn, investigating houses, handling replica objects and hunting for mammoths. We then gather together fir a review of life and death through prehistory. See the website for more information.