Boy And Spear

20 Mar

Parc le breos 2

Yesterday I went to a local ancient site, Parc le Breos on the Gower Peninsula with Husb and one of our young nephews. There was a day of ancient events going on, showing how people lived many of thousands of years ago. We saw a flint knapper who made a stone axe-head in about 20 minutes from a few pieces of rock; wild wheat being ground between two stones then baked into flatbreads on a stone over the fire; a Neolithic stew made from bits of cow, some dried peas and wild garlic; pots were being made and fired and cooked in; clothes fashioned from deer skin; and spears thrown.

Young nephew loved the spear throwing. One end of the spear (the feathered end) was slotted into an atlatl (spear thrower) which uses leverage to greatly increase the speed of spear throwing. They have been used until at least the Upper Paleolithic, around 30,000 years ago, and still exist with some hunter gatherers today. Did a few scribbles of the nephew into my sketchbook, this is the one I liked best. I did a quick drawing with a graphite stick and then inked it with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen.

4 Responses to “Boy And Spear”

  1. Leonie Andrews March 20, 2016 at 23:49 #

    Sounds like a great event, I bet your nephew enjoyed himself.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 21, 2016 at 00:08 #

      He had a great time thanks. I loved watching the flint axe being made. It looked so easy but the guy has been doing it for 13 years and still msnaged to cut himself

      • Leonie Andrews March 21, 2016 at 01:53 #

        Yes they certainly are sharp. I’ve heard of one knapper, in the US I think, who made a set of obsidian blades for his surgeon to perform an operation on him.

      • Rosie Scribblah March 21, 2016 at 01:58 #

        Wow that’s amazing. These things last as well, often passed down through generations in a family. Although the knapper finished the basic axe in about 20 mins, he said there would stil be about 30 hours polishing on sandstone. No wonder they kept them in families.

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