31st December 2014: Review of the Year


2014 review

Events & Flintknapping:

  • In March, I appeared as the dancing Shaman in the Time Team Special: Britain's Bronze Age Mummies
  • During my visit to Jersey Ice Age Island in July, I filmed a flintknapping workshop with Nick Crane for part of an episode of BBC's Coast (series 10)' hopefully to be screened in 2015
  • I was commissioned by English Heritage to create a number of replica prehistoric artefacts (arrows, flint) for display in the newly opened roundhouses at Stonehenge
  • Twenty-nine different Living History / Flintknapping events took me to Jersey as the most southerly, with a Special-Needs school in Preston as the most northerly I visited and Bryn Celli Ddu in Anglesey as the most westerly
  • In 2014, I also visited:

Archaeology:

  • The main archaeology work during 2014 was part of my BSc Archaeology degree to use the latest technology (Total Stations and RTK GPS and available LiDAR data from aerial surveys) to uncover a network of buildings at the 11th Century Old Sarum near Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • The archaeology site highlights of the year were a trip to the famous Les Eyzies region in the Dordogne and to the Orkney Islands
  • Other interesting places I visited included the Ice Age island of Jersey, Bryn Celli Ddu in Anglesey, the Scottish Crannog Centre, Lands End, Flag Fen, Butser Ancient Farm, West Stow, Le Grand-Pressigny and the Prehistoric Society at Burlington House (London)

Courses & Certificates:

Online:

  • The Ancientcraft website had a small make-over during 2014, with more focus on Living History services and useful content for schools and Flintknapping Workshops
  • With over 130,000 visitors, the average number of monthly visitors to the site is in excess of 10,830 and Stone Age Living proving a favourite of the visitors
  • The Ancientcraft  Twitter account has doubled in size over the last 12 months, with more than 1,010 followers and well over 6,000 tweets so far

Living History Kit:

  • No major changes to the Stone Age kit over the last 12 months, but a few new additions include a new Otzi style backpack and a new for 2015 target for the Atlatl's
  • Most improvements have been to the Bronze and Iron Age kits, such as the Nebra Skydisc, rotary quern stone and "Montefortino" military helmet

What will 2015 bring ................

  • With seven events booked todate (and a number in discussion), 2015 is likely be another busy year for Ancientcraft. As well as completing my Masters Degree at the University of Southampton, I am hoping to return to Jersey for the final year of the Ice Age Project with Dr Matt Pope's team and should have a mammoth surprise for the visitors. I am planning a trip to Paviland Cave on the Gower Peninsula (south Wales) to experience another of UK's main prehistoric sites and will return to Dordogne region.

watch this space for more news from Ancientcraft

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