In this class, we will explore techniques people used to make tools out of bone. Participants will create a bone awl using only stone tools. After using a flake to cut out a bone awl blank, we will then grind the blank on a sandstone slab to shape it out. Instructor Allen Denoyer will provide stone drills to make holes and plenty of flakes for cutting the bone.
Awls are the most common bone tool archaeologists find. In the past, people used awls for many tasks, including making basketry and sewing and as hairpins.
This class is three- to four-hours long. Kids aged 12 and up are welcome. Class begins at 9:00 a.m. and should end around noon. Masks are optional, as we will be outside if the weather is nice.
- Archaeology Southwest