Specialist Dr. James Dilley produces replicas from the European Stone Age and Bronze Age for private collections, museum displays, TV props and educational handling sessions. Ancient Craft prides itself on its historical accuracy, therefore each replica has been carefully researched and expertly reproduced based on archaeological evidence.
AncientCraft’s Arrow Replicas are made using authentic tools such as deer antler tines and copper pressure flakers (for early Bronze Age arrowheads). Though the full arrows can be loosed from a bow and cause injury if used irresponsibly, they will probably break upon impact with a tough surface. It is not recommended they be used on a compacted straw archery target as they do not have the same material resistances as carbon fibre arrows or steel tipped ‘Medieval’ arrows.
“For all of our historic replicas that I use with schools on site at La Hougue Bie and within classrooms, James has made axes, flint, polishing stones, axes and they are absolutely wonderful teaching aids as well as being beautiful objects. He has made objects that are particular for our island, such as using local dolerite rock to make a polished axe.”
HELEN OTTERWELL (Jersey Heritage)
What is your standard day rate?My standard day rate for media work is £400 however this can differ depending on requirements. A standard day rate would typically cover a craft demonstration and talking to camera as an example.
Are you comfortable talking to the camera?Very! I have lots of experience providing a variety of educational material to different clients. Sometimes this is while I am demonstrating a craft such as flintknapping or metalworking.
How many years experience do you have demonstrating your crafts?I have been practicing prehistoric crafts since I was about 10. I have been demonstrating to the public and media for over 11 years.
Do you travel to shoot locations?Yes, and unless there are special circumstances, I bring all my required materials and equipment.
Do you charge travel and subsistence?Yes, this cost is not included in my standard day rate.
Are you insured to demonstrate your craft?Yes. A public liability insurance certificate and risk assessments can be provided on request.