Workshop to shed light on prehistoric tools

Have you ever wondered how prehistoric people made tools out of flint, quartz and other stone in the past? Have you ever been puzzled about what they can tell us about life in the past? Have you ever wanted to see how archaeological research is done?

The Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, working with the University of Glasgow and Bute Museum, is delighted to present a free archaeology workshop this Saturday, April 9, about the making and analysis of prehistoric stone tools which will answer all of these questions.

The workshop will be led by Dr Nyree Finlay, senior lecturer in archaeology at Glasgow University, an international stone tool expert and a local Bute resident.

It will feature two knapping sessions where you can see first hand how stone tools were made, and two analysis sessions, where you can learn what can be understood from the scientific study of stone tools. Dr Finlay is there all day and will be happy to answer any questions you have about the subject.

The workshop is also a chance to see DBLPS archaeological research in action – the material that Dr Finlay will be examining was recovered during Paul Duffy’s 2010 DBLPS community excavations at Scalpsie Barrow, and the research will form part of the publication of the site in a national journal.

Entry to the event, and the rest of the nationally important museum collection held at Bute Museum, is free on the day.

The museum opens at 10.30am, and the programme will feature two 30-minute demonstrations on the making of stone tools, at 11am and 2pm, and two 90-minute analyses of those tools, at 11.30am and 2.30pm.