3. Grimes Graves Flint Knapping Experience 08th June 2019
Travel back 4000 years in time with this rare opportunity
GRIMES GRAVES ULTIMATE FLINT KNAPPING TOUR
Descend 4000 years into a rarely opened flint mine. Make your own flint axe head, and share in a juicy venison spit roast accompanied by a hearty vegetable stew lunch.
Only opened a few times a year to preserve its rich quality of being untouched, the Cannon Greenwells pit will be opened specially for you during this tour.
4000 year old antlers still laying where they were left by the miners.
Grimes Graves is the largest group of Neolithic 4000 year old Flint mines in the world located in Thetford forest in the heart of Breckland, during your day here you will get to go back 4000 years and experience how flint was mined and used during this period. After a magnificent and hearty lunch you then get to have a go at knapping a flint axe head of your very own. On completion of this day you will have;
- A good understanding of how to choose a piece of flint to make an axe head,
- A basic understanding of the principles of flint knapping,
- A spark of experience that will get you started on your journey to become an experienced flint knapper if that is what you would like to do.
Schedule of the day
9:00am Introductions; Where we all meet up for a brew or coffee and get to know one another.
9:30am Watch how the axes were made with a demonstration of Flint Knapping covering the main skills needed to produce flint tools.
10:00am Gear up; A brief trip to the museum to get fitted up with hats and harnesses, followed by the spectacular decent into the Cannon Greenwells Pit, a truly unspoiled experience that takes you back 4000 years in time.
12:30am The Feast; Go back in time and gorge yourself on a delicious Venison spitroast and some home made chunky vegetable stew!!
1:30pm The art of Flint Knapping demonstrated again to give you the chance to recall the techniques and skills of this ancient craft.
2:00pm The beginning; This is where you start your life journey as a Flint Knapper, pick up the Antler and stone and start striking Flint
4:00pm The conclusion; This is the end of the day, take a moment to step back and let the experience sink in, don't say good bye, say good journey because you never know when we are going to see each other again