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Copper smelting

Copper Smelting & Bronze Axe Casting

The Course

The course begins with a short introductory talk and handling session of replica tools and materials used in the Bronze Age. Students will prepare crucibles, crush copper ore and charcoal before working the bellows to produce a lump of pure copper. On the second day students will prepare moulds and begin working the furnace to melt copper and tin. They will then cast their own replica early Bronze Age axe head, and they can then begin cleaning and decorating their axe.

The Tutor

Dr James Dilley, an experimental archaeologist and craftsman, specialising in prehistoric technologies. In 2009 he founded Ancient Craft, his business aimed at educating and reconnecting people to their prehistoric heritage. James has gained a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Southampton and has worked with numerous museums, schools and heritage sites. His work is displayed at The British Museum and Stonehenge and he has worked with several high profile media companies such as the BBC, National Geographic, New Scientist and Dorling Kindersley Publishing.

Participant Information

Please bring suitable shoes and warm outdoor clothing as this course takes place outside.

Fee & Refreshments

£190 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements. The Museum cafe will be open or you may bring a packed lunch.

Book course

Date

Sat–Sun 21–22 August 2021

Time

10:00am–4:00pm

Cost

£190.00

Subcategories

Historic Trades & Crafts