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Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby Grendel2 » Sat Sep 21, 2013 6:14 pm

I been studying and making prehistoric technology for almost 10 years now as a hobby, but also of late have began selling them to clear space in my house. I've looked around for a prehistoric reenactment scene but no luck in finding one. I was wondering if anyone hear has heard of any groups?

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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby sally » Sun Sep 22, 2013 8:20 pm

most of the people doing prehistoric that I know of are solo/family groups. Not aware offhand of any formalised groups doing more organised things. Gareth and I work as a team when we do early stuff (neolithic mostly at the moment), then there are people like James Dilley, John Lord, and all the other usual suspects, all tend to work solo or with just one or two others



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby nathan » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:35 pm

A lot of 'living history' around this area is done by archaeologists (professional and otherwise) but it tends to be about object demonstration and prehistoric (& bronze/iron age) skills rather than costumed.

You might reach out to your local archaeological trust / Uni see if hey have anything.


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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby Grendel2 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:14 am

We get a bit of that around the country but it all seems to be done by individuals with very little contact with each other.



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Postby sally » Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:18 pm

I suspect some of that is because its a slightly different 'scene' to most re-enactment in the UK.

Because its a period with such fragmentary evidence, its always a balancing act between representing things we have hard archaeological evidence for, and best guess, especially when it comes to social structures and the life stories of any supposed individual. As a result, I generally notice that most people doing very early periods seem to find that any interpretation works best when the display is being offered as part of an event aimed at exploring a specific site, rather than as an attempt to offer a complete dramatization of 'life back then'. These events are typically small with budgets that only support the site buying in one or two costumed specialists.

Having said that, I'm finding more and more people who do prehistoric datelines popping up on places like Facebook and Twitter, or appearing at Exarc conferences or similar, and I think there could be some mileage in a nice accessible loose association of like-minded people all trying to keep up with the latest archaeological evidence with a view to using that as part of costumed interpretations and experiments.

Whether it would encourage any coherent larger events is another matter, but speaking from the perspective of someone who is currently neck deep in a project to reconstruct Neolithic and Bronze Age outfits for a museum, and am in the position of needing to academically justify every inch of the designs whilst still essentially offering a conjectural overall construction, its often a fairly lonely dateline to be working in, and wider debates with others can be incredibly helpful to ensure a result that is as realistic as possible given the evidence.



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby Grendel2 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 2:03 am

I find it a bit of a vicious circle, there's nothing out there to encourage interest so there's no interest out there. I know quite a few people with some amazing skills, but all spread out, working alone and never meeting. There's a bit of stuff done in the archaeology world, but it's very infrequent and they always want huge wads of cash to attend.



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby sally » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:11 am

so, do something about it. Start a group, or a facebook community, whatever works in this day and age to get people with the same interests talking to each other. Set it up, then get the various exarc forums to let you put the word out and encourage some of the more academic lot to come in and help advise those doing the costumed interpretation to help keep standards high.



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby Grendel2 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:17 pm

sally wrote:so, do something about it. Start a group,


I did but the lack of interest was overwhelming.



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby sally » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:13 pm

what was the site or group? It doesn't sound like one I've come across so may be worth some wider advertising if its still viable



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby Grendel2 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:25 am

It was a meetup group based in London, long dead.


Almost forgot, there is this places you may be interested in.

Traditional Craft Forum http://uk-knapping.forumotion.co.uk/



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby saxon » Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:15 pm

I do knapping and neolithic, and am doing a lot of school visits about this era. No idea of any groups that do it as a 're-enactment' and the only people I know that do this very under rated period work as sole demonstrators/traders .......... there is a lot of interest in it from the public when you do it, all depends on yourself and if you want to be group orientated or sole ......... I prefer the latter as I can then do as I please.



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Re: Prehistoric/Stone Age Gear

Postby Grendel2 » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:10 am

that's interesting, just visited your website.

I work with kids myself, I've thought about suggesting a knapping demo at the school, but also thought about the mess and if I let them have a go the safety problems. What do you do in your demos if you don;t mind me asking?




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