Tree Resin/Pitch Glue Ingredients:
Modern Alternatives: Epoxy resin
Modern Alternatives: Natural Jute string; Natural Raffia
In 2008 Archaeologists discovered two sets of art kits a cave in South Africa. The team of researchers, led by Professor Christopher Henshilwood from the universities of Bergen and Witwatersrand, believe that the ochre was used for forms of artwork. The two kits thought to be 100,000 years old, includes abalone shells, ochre, bone, charcoal, grindstones and hammer stones. The ochre – made from soft rock with red or yellow pigments - was probably ground into a fine powder by the use of quartzite cobbles, before being mixed and heated with crushed stones or bones in the abalone shells.
My prehistoric art kit (above) comprises powdered purple, red and yellow ochre's at the back, charcoal (made from English willow charcoal - a less harmful alternative to the manganese dioxide which was used by prehistoric cave painters) and white china clay in the front abalone shells.
Modern Alternatives: Poster paints / Acrylic paints / Oil paints
The table below shows various projects and activities that you can try at home (see Terms & Conditions).
>> If you do try any of these projects, send a photo and it will be added to this site <<
|Ancient Arrow||This project shows how to make prehistoric arrows from scratch|
How to make three different styled wooden Atlatls. The Atlatl (pronounced at-lat-al or atal-atal) is an ancient spear-throwing weapon that uses leverage to achieve great velocity and distance of the projectile.
|Arrow Fletching||This project shows the traditional split-feather arrow fletching from the Medieval period|
|Bronze Age Hat||This project shows a wet-felting process to make a Danish style Bronze Age hat|
|Bronze Age Shoes||This project shows a very simply leather shoe, based on find from Norway in 2006|
|Coracle||The making of ancient hazel wood coracles. The coracle is a ancient boat used in the British Isles from pre-Roman times - the earliest known reference to a coracle is in "The History of Herodotus" written about 424 BC|
|Fire-Hardened Spear||How to fire-hardened a wooden spear|
|Ötzi Knife & Sheath||Make the flint knife (not yet shown) and grass sheath found with Ötzi the Iceman, would lived in the Chalcolithic (Copper Age) about 5,300 years ago.|
|Ötzi Shoes||How to make Ötzi the Iceman, shoes (the second oldest shoes in the world from about 5,300 years ago), using authentic materials.|
|3D Mini Dig||Mini archaeology dig to find artefacts at different Stratification layers|
|Cave Art 1||Make your own cave art hand & animal silhouettes|
|Cave Art 2||Make your own prehistoric paints|
|Cave Art 3||Make a prehistoric collage|
|Coprolite Detective||A messy, but great fun activity to guess the archaeological period from (fake) coprolite or poop !!|
|Cropmarks||Make your own cropmark and discover what they mean|
|Rubbish Pit Challenge||Study the image of a campfire and answer the questions|
|Stick Weaving||A simple weaving method using two sticks (or even lolly sticks) that anyone can try|
|Stone Age Necklace||Create a stone age necklace from seashells, odin stones and modeling clay|
|Treasure Hunter||Find the buried treasure "goodies" with a metal detector|
|Venus Figurine||Create an ancient Venus Figurine from clay|
|Yucca Paint Brush||Make a paint brush entirely from Yucca leaves|
Home | About Ancientcraft | Calendar of Events | Terms & Conditions | Contact Ancientcraft | Copyright © 2009-2016 Ancientcraft