Prehistoric Weekend

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th September

Thanet Prehistory Pop Up Museum with Flint working workshops and bushcraft demonstrations with Will Lord of the Stone Age

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Prehistory Pop Up Museum – Free Entry Saturday and Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm

On Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am until 4.00pm there will be a Pop Up Museum display of ancient artefacts and hands-on finds handling activities curated by Thanet’s local archaeologists.

Entry is free to this unique event telling the story of Thanet from the Old Stone Age to the Iron Age . No Booking necessary, drop in and stay as long as you like.

Free Tea and coffee and refreshments will be available

Limited disabled parking available. Please park in the main Quex Park car park and follow the signs to the Antoinette Centre (Approximately 5 minute walk along path and access road).

Optional Workshops – Fee and Booking required

Will Lord (Will Lord of the Stone Age) is our expert workshop leader and demonstrator for the Prehistoric Weekend bringing a unique range of abilities and experience to the event.

A leading expert on prehistoric survival skills, Will spent many years perfecting the art of flint knapping, producing stone tools such as hand axes, knives & arrowheads.

As an experienced prehistoric re-enactor and experimental archaeologist, Will has rediscovered the secrets of our prehistoric ancestors, the original survival experts.

Flint knapping instruction with Will Lord – Three 90 minute sessions from 9.30am – 3.00pm Saturday and Sunday

15 places available each day (5 per session). Session times Saturday and Sunday 9.30am, 11.00am, 1.30pm.

Learn the skill used by our ancestors to create a range of tools such as hand axes, knives, arrowheads and axe heads. A great opportunity to understand the features and characteristics of stone implements.

You will be introduced to the tools used for Flint Knapping with clear and well-presented demonstrations of how to make a range of tools like a hand axe, a blade core for tools such as saws and burins and pressure flaking for producing fine arrowheads.

When your session ends you may keep the items you have made.

£45.00 per session

Foraging from the Carcass, bushcraft demonstration with Will Lord – 4.30pm – 8.00pm Saturday only

Hunter-gatherers of the past recognised that a hunted animal provided a vast range of possibilities, beyond a feast. This demonstration is an excellent opportunity to learn what is available from an animal’s carcass other than just the meat. Will Lord will demonstrate how an animal carcass provided food, clothing and tools for prehistoric people.

You will learn how a deer is butchered and segmented, the hide tanned, pemmican is prepared, how cordage is made from the tendons and – with the aid of flint tools such as scrapers and burins – how artefacts that were used during the Stone Age are created.  

Foraging from the carcass

Moving into the evening, we will appreciate the landscape the deer has come from, presenting ourselves as hunters would have done and entering the mindset of our ancient ancestors. Relaxation around the campfire will round off the evening as the deer is cooked over the open fire and enjoyed for an evening meal.

The demonstration will bring this time-period to life as you begin to understand the time taken to produce small and effective life essentials, valuing how the whole animal can be consumed and honoured for the life that has been taken. The experience has been described as a real Stone Age awakening and we are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to you.

Please note, this evening workshop includes processing and butchering a deer carcass. The demostration will show how prehistoric tools were used by hunter gatherer people and is a valuable experimental archaeological demonstration of scientific value.

£35.00 per person (30 places available)

Booking

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