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Wed, 19 Jun

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Great Orme Copper mines - Llandudno

Bronze Sword casting workshop

Cast your own replica Bronze Age sword in the surroundings of the 4000 year old Great Orme copper mine!

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Bronze Sword casting workshop
Bronze Sword casting workshop

Time & Location

19 Jun 2024, 10:00 – 16:00 BST

Great Orme Copper mines - Llandudno, Llandudno LL30 2XG, UK

About

A truly unique opportunity to experience Bronze Age metalworking in one of the most significant locations to the Bronze Age in the UK! Join experimental archaeologist, Dr James Dilley as he guides you through the process our ancestors perfected over 4000 years ago.

The first swords in Europe were made of bronze. They are an iconic development in the human story as social pressure led to tension between groups and individuals. Swords were as much a tool of fighting as they were status symbols. During the workshop, participants can make a replica of the iconic leaf-bladed Ewart Park style sword blade

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Workshop students will prepare their own mould, before working the leather bellows on the charcoal fuelled furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast the liquid metal into their prepared moulds to produce a replica bronze age sword to take home at the end of the day. Students can then begin filing off the casting flash and start cleaning the surfaces of the sword.

There will be short talk over lunch about the life and times of Bronze Age people in Europe. It will cover our current understanding of technology in the Bronze Age and how it is reflected in archaeology. It will be an informal talk with lots of scope for open discussion.

Entry to the mines is included in the workshop ticket price. More information about the mines can be found here: https://www.greatormemines.info/

Guidance will be on-hand at all times. Appropriate clothing must be worn for manual work (fully covered shoes and trousers etc).

Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch and drinks.

Attendees must be over 16.

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    £250.00
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