Caught knapping

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Caught knapping Flints in the museum

Location: Since childhood flint knapping has fascinated me

Growing up in the Chilterns and West Sussex I saw plenty of flint both in the fields and in museums. Studying aracheology in the 1970s my first archaelogical drawings were of flint implements and moving to Devon rekindled my interest in all things flint after seeing RAMM's prehistoric collections.


I've never spotted a piece of worked flint while walking on Dartmoor but do keep my eyes peeled. Especially in areas where flint objects were found, like around East Week. In the museum I always pause to watch the flint knapping video and marvel at the precision that is achieved using a piece of antler.


Wish I could do it but attempts have not gone well. I'm obviously not in touch with my inner prehistoric crafstman!

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