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.

Ötzi the iceman replicas

Ötzi the Iceman, also known as “Frozen Fritz” or the “Hauslabjoch Mummy” was found with a collection of copper age artefacts which included an axe with a copper blade. AncientCraft’s Ötzi the Iceman Replicas are carefully made using archaeological literature and James’s understanding of the materials, allowing him to produce replicas that are extremely similar to the Iceman’s original tools.

If you have a specific replica you require that is not listed on the AncientCraft shop, please let us know.

“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)


Frequently asked questions

Are your replicas made to order or do you have stock?

All replicas are made to order, I don't typically hold much stock.

How do I make an order?

You can order replicas through the website using the AncientCraft shop. If you require a specialist replica or variation, please email me at so we can discuss what you need and a completion time frame.

Will the replicas be sharp?

Replicas can be made and left sharp. You need to let me know how the replicas will be used, if it is for a museum handling session I will need to blunt them.

Can I pay by card?

The AncientCraft shop can take card payments or payments via Paypal. For specialist enquiries, payment can be made via BACs or Paypal.

We need a replica that’s not available in the AncientCraft shop. Could you make a specific replica for us?

Almost definitely, email me at to discuss.

Are your replicas authentically made?

All the replicas made by James are authentically produced using tools, techniques and materials used by prehistoric people and are based on current archaeological evidence.