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Ancient Technologies Workshop: Flint Knapping

Saturday, May 19, 2018
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Storrs Campus
Outdoor Location TBD

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History will hold an Ancient Technologies workshop on Saturday, May 19, 1 pm to 3 pm. The activity “Flint Knapping” will be led by Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist, and Scott Brady from the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA).

Flint knapping is the production of stone tools with sharp edges created by percussion and pressure. This technology was used by all societies before the introduction of metal working. Stone was traditionally used to make spear and dart points, arrow heads, knives, scrapers, blades and many other tools. It was also used in historic times to manufacture gun flints. You may have seen these stone artifacts exhibited in museums—now is your chance to make and use them! Artifacts from the collections of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History will be examined and discussed as well. Discover the history and art of flint knapping, and learn how archaeologists identify and date these tools. Work gloves are recommended as the knapped stones are sharp.

The program fee is $50 (includes material fee). Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and teens ages 14 and above. Teens 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For further information visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860.486.4460.

Contact:

david.colberg@uconn.edu

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), Anthropology Department, History Department, Office of Public Engagement, Office of State Archaeology, UConn Master Calendar

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