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AWN going to Stone Age Camp at Out of Eden

posted 23 Jul 2019, 03:49 by Bill Crumbleholme   [ updated 23 Jul 2019, 04:08 ]

Bill and Mark from the Ancient Wessex Network are going to the Stone Age Camp at Out of Eden somewhere in mid Wales in mid August.
From Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd August Bill is leading neolithic pottery appreciation and making sessions, preparing clay, making & decoration pots and firing them in bonfire and turf kiln.
The poster and text extract below gives some details. And the Facebook event gives even more  including a link to the Eventbrite booking system.
The location is at SY18 6JR, inland from Aberystwyth.
If anyone would like a lift from Dorset, or can offer lifts to other people, please contact us

Contact Out of Eden :-  Kevin Blockley
Out of Eden Stone Age Camp Poster

Do something different this summer – come and be a part of this pioneering little festival of ancient arts- Our first Neolithic camp!

Details here

Come and soak up the tranquillity of our lovely site in the Cambrian mountains. Tickets will be £25/day for camping and food, (or £100 for the whole week) under 16s £12.50 and under fives free.

There will be people practicing various skills during the days. Nights for star gazing and feasting. In addition there will be short courses and taster sessions for those that want an introduction to the practice of stone age crafts. These will be charged at £20 for each half day session and as spaces are limited we advise everyone to book in advance - essential for courses like basketmaking and tanning where materials must be prepared in advance. Children's sessions (archery, games, crafts) will be £10 for each half day.

Programme includes Bone and Antler working, Flint Knapping, Fish and Deer skin tanning, Bronze casting, Neolithic pottery making and firing, Build a Neolithic House, Cordage and net making, Prehistoric rock art and cave painting
For these courses have a look at our programme and book tickets here

There will be a limited number of free tickets for those with practical skills who are willing to demonstrate, or to musicians - please ask if you think you have a stone age skill you can share. If you are interested in running a teaching session for which you will be paid by attendees - please let us know.

Report on Experimental Firing at Ancient Technology Centre

posted 4 Apr 2019, 04:07 by Bill Crumbleholme

Bill Crumbleholme has compiled a report online about his experimental firing at the Ancient Technology Centre in March 2019.

BBW pots drying
Black Burnished Ware replica jars, drying out before firing.

Turf kiln alight
The turf kiln alight and heating up nicely.

Event Listing for 2019 updated

posted 11 Mar 2019, 07:38 by Bill Crumbleholme   [ updated 11 Mar 2019, 07:41 ]

The Calendar of events page on this website has been updated with the events or 2019.

Event Page Updated for 2018!

posted 18 Mar 2018, 05:32 by Bill Crumbleholme

This website's page sowing the calendar of events has been updated for 2018!

Pottery Making in August 2017 for Families in Wiltshire

posted 29 Jul 2017, 03:04 by Bill Crumbleholme

There is a free opportunity for families in Wiltshire to try making pots and metal casting with Bill Crumbleholme in August 2017. Details on the poster and booking via this link
Wiltshire pottery workshop poster

Bronze Casting Workshop in Dorchester

posted 29 Jan 2017, 12:51 by Bill Crumbleholme

24th February 2017 (Friday) Bronze Casting Workshop at Dorset Centre for Creative Arts, Poundbury, Mark and Bill showing booked in members of the public how to cast bronze in various ways.

Ancient Wessex European Tour August 2016

posted 1 Aug 2016, 08:36 by Bill Crumbleholme

The key members of the network are heading into Europe in August, visiting various Open Air Museums and ending up at a bronze casting meeting in Germany, details at this link :-
Watch out for posting on the Facebook page

Prehistoric Weekend at the Ancient Technology Centre Cranborne

posted 26 Oct 2015, 08:43 by Bill Crumbleholme   [ updated 3 Mar 2016, 06:41 by Mark A Vyvyan-Penney ]

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