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Cordage Workshop with Chris Woodland

Sat, 27 April 2024

10:00am - 1:00pm

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In this introductory workshop, learn about the different natural materials we can make cordage from, where to find them, how and when to harvest and process them. We will look at a variety of natural fibres and how they were used in prehistory.

£35 per person
Ages 16+

Although rarely preserved in the archaeological record, simple cordage was a crucial part of prehistoric everyday life. In this day and age, it is easy to take a simple piece of string for granted. In prehistory, the invention of cordage was a significant technological step. It allowed people to make everything from nets, ropes, bags and traps to storage vessels, complex structures and eventually, textiles.

Our ancestors had the knowledge of the natural world to provide the materials and the skill to make a variety of different cordage products.

Most of the workshop will be hands-on, working with a number of different natural materials. We will process fibres and learn several different techniques to make them into cordage, depending on our interests.

About Chris

Chris Woodland is an experimental archaeologist and primitive skills practitioner. His broad skill set includes bow building, firecraft, fishing technologies, tanning, foraging, and working with a variety of prehistoric technologies.

His workshops are complemented by his academic background in prehistoric archaeology. In-depth research goes into each workshop, tracing the origins of skills and knowledge back to our ancient ancestors.

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