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Mostly ‘armless

Hello folks! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Sadly my apprenticeship is on hold for the foreseeable future as I was knocked off my motorbike by a lorry driver and spent most of the summer in hospital. Most of the damage is healing nicely but unfortunately I have lost the use of my (dominant) left […]

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Basic but beautiful!

Scrapers often get a bum rap from archaeologists for being intensely boring – probably a result of the fact that you can’t dig a prehistoric site in most of Europe without practically falling over the things. I have a huge fondness for the little blighters though, because as a novice knapper, scrapers are where it’s […]

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If I had a hammer

‘In short, intelligence, considered in what seems to be its original feature, is the faculty of manufacturing artificial objects, especially tools to make tools’ – Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution …and who doesn’t enjoy a bit of ego-stroking from influential French philosophers? I was pondering where to start this series (beyond the obvious introduction post a […]

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  • RT : This tiny mammoth survived the last glacial. It was crafted in ivory with simple flint tools 35,000 years ago in so… ,
  • Day 1 at my favorite knapping venue, Kents Cavern in Torquay.,
  • RT : In southwest France at the very end of the last glacial, humans chose to paint pebbles. These are from La Grotte du… ,
  • RT : Female bison sculpted in mammoth ivory & decorated in red ochre. From Zaraysk, Osetr Valley, Russia. It is about 20… ,
  • Fantastic day in the sunshine yesterday. Knapping workshop in Nottingham. I love seeing students succeed :-) ,