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. Participants then prepare crucibles, crush copper ore and charcoal before working the bellows to produce a lump of pure copper. On the second day, you will prepare moulds and begin working the furnace to melt copper and tin. You’ll have the chance to cast your own replica early Bronze Age axe head before learning how to clean and decorate it.

The Tutor

Dr James Dilley is an experimental archaeologist and artisan specialising in prehistoric technologies. In 2009, he founded Ancient Craft, which aims to educate and reconnect people to their prehistoric heritage. James has a PhD in Archaeology from 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

£200 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have and dietary requirements. The Museum cafe will be open or you may wish to bring a packed lunch.

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Sat–Sun 13–14 August 2022






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