Discover how our ancestors made tools out of stones in the ground with flint knapper and author Bob Turner. Learn to understand flint as a material and how to knap and work it to make ancient tools. Discover the talents and skills of ancient Britons and go home with a flint tool you have made yourself! Looking at earliest ‘man’ who lived here half a million years ago up to when metal replaced flint, we will look at the tools of Heidleburgensis, Neanderthal and earliest Homo Sapiens. Bob is an associate tutor at Sussex University archaeology department and has been flint knapping for over 10 years, running courses at Sussex University, Chichester College, Brinsbury College, the National Trust, English Heritage and Amberley Open Air Museum. This course also contains demos on how to percussion knap and pressure flaking and direct instruction on a one-to-one basis. Flint knapping can be done by anybody so come and try to replicate your heritage!
The workshop runs from 10am to 4pm and includes a hot drink on arrival and in the afternoon. Please bring a picnic or packed lunch to enjoy outside or around the fire, depending on weather. Workshops will always run no matter the weather, so please dress appropriately.
Butser Ancient Farm