Monday 21 June 2010
Making The Bronze Age; Bellwood Riverside Park, Perth, Scotland
Back in my own w
orkshop, in Rothbury, N orthumberland, after a weekend as part of a re-enactment event on the banks of the beautiful Tay. What a great event this was and I am delighted to have been a part of is, organised by the and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT). ‘Making the Bronze Age’ brought together Archaeo-Craftspeople and Re-enact Perth ors from the and UK to demonstrate some of the skills that created the wonderful artefacts that have been found in Germany and beyond. Scotland
I spent the weekend, ably assisted by Sarah Winlow of (PKHT), teaching participants to make beakers and food vessels from natural clay and open firing Bronze Age replicas. If you missed it and would like to see something like it take place next year contact me
or the and Kinross Heritage Trust and let us know. Among those involved were: Perth
Neil Burridge: Ancient Bronze Specialists http://www.templeresearch.eclipse.co.uk/bronze/index.htm
who ran several bronze sw
ord castings during the course of the weekend. Watching molten bronze, stream into a clay mould and emerge as a beautiful bronze sw ord is nothing sh ort of wizardry. It’s no wonder that people of the past saw founders and smiths as beings from another dimension, controlling f orces that weren’t quite of this earth. I know from my own discipline that the control and use of fire is still considered to be something magical.
Damian Goodburn: Ancient Woodw
orking Specialist, who along with numerous assistants including Trev or Cowie of the of National Museums and David Strachan of PKHT, created a replica of the Ballachulish Goddess Scotland or Ballachulish Figure. The original figure, dating from the Bronze Age, was found on the side of Loch Leven in 1880. While photographs taken at the time show a remarkable state of preservation, the Vict orian archaeologists had no knowledge of conservation techniques f or wet timber and in the process of drying out the figure has shrivelled to be virtually unrecognisable. It can still be seen in the in Museum of Scotland but w Edinburgh orking with replica bronze tools and guided by the original photographs, drawings and measurements, this replica attempted to present her as she would have looked when newly made.
The Crannog Centre http://www.crannog.co.uk/ demonstrated the uses of some of the many plant species that have been excavated from Loch Tay, around the ancient crannog. Nettle soup and hand dyed wool was the
order of the day.
German re-enactment group Stamm Alauni www.stamm-alauni.at who, dressed in authentic replica costume and armour and using weapons, tools and utensils of the period, presented an insight into life in the Bronze Age across
Twist Fibre Craft Studio http://www.twistfibrecraft.co.uk/ demonstrated spinning and weaving and Archaeoloink http://www.archaeolink.co.uk/ showed how c
ord and rope was made from natural plant fibres and bark bast.
I spent the weekend teaching participants to make beakers and food vessels from natural clay and open firing Bronze Age replicas. If you missed it and would like to see something like it take place next year contact me and I’ll pass on your comments to theVisit my website at www.pottedhistory.co.uk
and Kinross Heritage Trust. If you were there let me know what you thought of it. Perth