AncientCraft delivers a variety of workshops that aim to teach and improve the understanding of prehistoric crafts. Alongside the creation of an object to take home, there is a strong focus to provide background information and contextualise how and why people made and used objects in the past.
AncientCraft has moved to the Norfolk Broads! We are now offering workshops from the AC headquarters, we look forward to welcoming you at our new location!
WORKSHOPS in 2023...
Are you a budding craftsperson, a prehistory enthusiast or just looking to try something new? AncientCraft offers a range of workshops for individuals keen to try their hand at the art of flintknapping, bronze casting and more...
Bone & Antler Carving
Bone and antler has been used from the start of prehistory up to the modern day for making tools and ornamentation. Join experimental archaeologist James Dilley to make replicas of prehistoric bone and antler artefacts using authentic tools and materials including harpoons, needles, pins, combs, belt hooks, spear points and fish hooks to name a few - which will you choose?
Bronze Age Axe Casting
Discover how some the earliest metal tools were produced in prehistoric Britain. Choose between casting a Bronze Age flanged axehead or a palstave axehead.
Bronze Age Knife Casting
Make your mould, work the bellows, and cast liquid bronze to replicate your own Bronze Age knife!
Bronze Age Sword Casting
Cast your own Bronze Age Sword! 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. Participants can choose to replicate a rapier, Ewart Park or Naue II sword.
Discover the oldest craft in the world, Flintknapping and learn how our earliest ancestors make tools to survive in the Stone Age. James will guide you through the process of making flint tools to help you produce your own flint artefacts to take home!
Jet & Jet-Like Jewellery
Create your own Bronze Age jewellery using a range of techniques that would have been available to makers over 5000 years ago!
Ötzi's Birch Bark Container
Create your own birch bark container, like those found alongside Ötzi the Iceman in the Italian Alps in 1991. Dating to around 5300 years old, the iceman discovery is considered one of the best during the 20th century.
Ötzi Experience Weekend
Make your own replicas of Ötzi the Iceman’s toolkit under the guidance of experimental archaeologist Dr. James Dilley. This two day workshop will focus on the two most iconic objects found with Ötzi: his flint knife & sheath and his copper axe.
"James was extremely knowledgeable and excellent working with the children. He set out a lovely display of furs and tools and talked to the children before they started knapping. He was extremely patient and the children all thoroughly enjoyed the session, everyone took away a knapped piece of flint which resembled a tool. Excellent value for money and would recommend him to other groups and schools."
BEXLEY YAC's BRANCH
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.