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    I've been back at Grimes Graves today, this is where I grew up as a child, the site is recognised as being the most important neolithic flint mine in the world as it has such a large group of closely grouped mine shafts numbering up approximately 430 bell style shafts and its one of only a handfull of flint mines in the UK.
    While i was here today I have been exploring new spaces in the Cannon Greenwells pit, I hadn't seen these 3 wonderful antlers before today and they are laid right where they were placed 4000 years ago. these were recorded in the excavation over 40 years ago but its special to me as they still have the fingerprints on of the person who left them there such a long time ago.
    This is a plan of the mine with all the antlers laid where they can still be seen today.


    The pit is also very important to Grimes Graves as it is the only mine that hasnt had members of the public in since it was excavated in 1970 and as such all the mining tool marks are still fresh on the walls today, it really feels like the neolithic miners have only just left.

     

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    During my visit I also had the pleasure of viewing the remaining flint floorstone left behind by the miners, some of this was left for structural safety or just because it was poor quality, but in the main this was the high quality material that they were after to make tools from.

    During my visits to Grimes Graves I often see some very magical moments, one of these special occasions is the rising of the mists, they arise from the lower part of the landscape and roll in over the site looking much like they are escorting the ancient ancestors home.

    Or it may be a glimmer of a large grass snake, adder or interesting and poisous six spotted burnet moth 

    The flint tools found at Grimes Graves were general purpose every day items that were disposed of after use but the really good axes were ground and traded, however its interesting to note that the polished axes were also used to mine the flint from the chalk and the marks are left as scars througout the tunnels in the mine.



  2. Its not every day that you can get such a fantastic length you english yew to make a longbow.

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    This was made recently by Will Lord after kindly being allowed to cut down a cared for and pruned yew tree from Rougham estates.

    The bow is 76 " in length and draws comfortably to 32 " and has a 68 lb draw weight.

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    Will has used red deer antler for the nocks,and they sit with a nice balance in colour to the yew that as you can see has a wonderfull balance between the heart wood and the sap wood.

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    For the handle Will used a leather described as Woodland distressed pig skin, coupled with an antler arrow pass inlaid into the bow limb.

  3. Its not every day that your child will meet a man looking like this, Will Lord goes to schools visiting children aged 7/8 years of age key stage 3/2 and brings the prehistoric world to life.

    Will is accompanied by another caveman and together they unfold some great stories of stone age life and bring some great drama to the class room.

    Please contact us to find out how to book us what we offer and when we are available.

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  4. After, recently attending a school,as a caveman in the class room experience, this is the feedback from the school we received including a linked power point film worth watching.
    Dear Will and Simon,

    thank you for such a brilliant day with our children at Gorseland. Sorry to be so late at saying this. The children learnt so much in many different ways about not just Stone Age people but respecting animals and an unexpected for us was not judging by appearances. So many said how scared they were but then you were friendly so lead to discussion about people looking different and being open minded.
    Lots of teachers also brought their classes round for a peek and said this is what we should be doing so much more of. Your visit had a great ripple effect and was way better than we could have hoped. Lou has passed on how great to a friend teacher who has already booked with you I believe. Certainly we will be contacting you for next year!
    This link takes you to a powerpoint/film our IT man made from your visit, if you would like to use this to share with other schools, please do. http://www.gorseland.net/Learning-Zone/year-3

  5. NEW SUPPLY OF MALACHITE ARRIVES .

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    Sourcing Malachite for the Will-Lord Bronze Age Experience can be very difficult these days due to the current market price it is demanding.

    During the 2 day experience you are actually able to crush and smelt this into copper in the footsteps of our forbears of the Bronze age.

    Will Lord created this event to give you an eye-opening experience of how this technology changed our path so significantly from stone into the metal age. bronze age ebay

     

  6. Will Lord Making Blade with Quartzite and deer antler hammers.
    Setting up a core is the most costly part of the exercise removing damaged material from glacial activity and setting up the form, once this is done all the flakes are cast down the crest from the top of the core, if using the stone age techniques then each intended flake must be prepared prior to release from the top by abrading the edge back so the bulb from the previous release doesn't cause the dorsal end of the flake to be overhanging and weak.

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  7. Thanks for visiting my Prehistoric Blog Spot. Please share this space with ancient heart and imagination.

    This is my Mesolithic bender with the tools of my trade.

     

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    The Skill required to make an arrowhead such as this needs to be honed over years but the journey of the arrow only takes a moment to either hit or miss its mark. In this blog, I want my arrow to hit the heart of my followers so they can also find a way to enjoy the passage of our ancestors just as I have. So please join in and bring this blog to life with me.

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    Some thing from the Future.

    Flint table made for Fashion designer clare-corrigan-styliste-senior-bijoux-fantaisie-at-louis-vuitton

    This will go on show at Fortnam and Mason during October this year 2013.

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    This is a place where you are invited to be honest and tell us what you would like us to offer, Please share your experiences and become part of our community. This is a new aspect to my site, so we appreciate patience while it builds.

    Thanks, Will Lord,