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Palaeolithic Art: Practical experiences within classes
Linda Hurcombe taught a second and third year module on ‘Ancient Arts and Crafts’, Jan-May 2014
Students had covered both ‘Palaeolithic art’ and ‘craft skills’ in lecture classes but the OpenArch Dialogue with Science theme allowed us to explore how practical experience could benefit understanding.
tools were provided along with shells, ochre, sandstone slabs, slate fragments, , and brushes for the following activities:
1. Imitate a clay mammoth figurine - a commercially availablecopy of the figurine was available so students had a 3D sense of the original object.
2. Ochre and charcoal were used to recreate horses and rhinos onbrown card.
3. Flint tools used toshell. The shell could also be abraded on the sandstone slab as an alternative.
4. Hand prints and outlines were made using ochre on fawn card (the ochre was available to use as a powder or liquid with the raw material from the ground also on show.
5. Flint tools were used to etch horses and other designs on slate fragments.
At the end of the practical class students were asked whether the practical experience had helped their understanding and if so how.
The Key Outcomes were:
1. A more detailed appreciation of the diversity of Palaeolithic across a range of materials.
2. The collection, processing and assembly of materials to make the cut possible as planned.
3. Questions of expertise gained through practice versus innate aptitude.
4. Students spontaneously recognised the elements missing from the archaeological record ( , hide) and the need to think across traditional artefact study boundaries.
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