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Archaic Skills
Stone Age services for museums
and Bushcraft companies
Werner Auschnitt

Offers for Museums

Ladies and gentlemen,

The purpose of my museum service is to offer you new attractions for your museum. It consists of the following:

  • Exhibitions, dead and living
  • Educational demonstrations
  • Installations
  • Workshops
  • Lectures

Exhibitions, dead and living

These exhibitions are available to rent. What is special about it is that you can hire me as an re-enacting educater in addition. I'm a professional museum teacher, specialised in giving visitors the most true-to-life prehistoric experience within the exhibitions.

1. Prehistoric trapping

Thirty historic traps made from natural materials are presented using functional models.

Trapping in North Eurasia was common until about the 1950's. That's why a lot of the traps for hunting meat and fur are well documented.
These traps have probably been quite unchanged since Stone Age times, as trapping has always been an important way of life in the far North.
This exhibition presents traps for hunting bear, elk, red deer, reindeer, wolf, fox, capercaillie and many other small game, mainly of Northern regions but also from other continents.

When you hire me in addition, I'll appear, if requested, in prehistoric dress and gear. I'll explain the traps, demonstrate their use and give some background information on successful trapping, the historic picture as well as the prehistoric circumstances.

Costs:

  • 70.- € /day for the exhibition (or 2000.-€ / month)
  • 100.- € / day of live action with Werner
  • plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
  • Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg. (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)
  • transport costs: on your account
  • insurance amount:  10.000,– €, on your account
  • approximate space: 40 m2
  • delivery without showcases
  • text- and pictures for press-releases and marketing are included

2. Tracking

The origin of science?

Hunters throughout history have had to be good trackers. Studying tracks: foot prints, trails, feeding signs, droppings, scent marks, resting places, nests, skeletal remains and so on, is a complex matter. Acute observation combined with logical thinking and some intuition could lead to a successful hunt.  Not only does a successful tracker understand what has happened at a certain time in a certain place, but he or she can also make a realistic prediction as to what the potential prey might do next.

Interpretation of prehistoric tracks, for example in caves, can also be made possible by experienced trackers and can lead to fascinating insights into prehistoric actions.

When you hire me in addition, I'll lead visitors to a deeper understanding of this complex theme. I myself am a hunter and tracker and have learnt much from San hunters in the Kalahari.

Costs:
70.- € /day for the exhibition (or 2000.-€ / month)
100.- € / day of live action with Werner
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

transport costs: on your account
insurance amount:  10.000,– €, on your account
approximate space: 60 m2
delivery without showcases
text and pictures for press-releases and marketing are included

(The production of this exhibition is still in process!)



3. Palaeolithic hunting camp

This exhibition aims to reconstruct a hypothetical reindeer hunter encampment under the climatic conditions of the later Ice Age as it might have looked anywhere between France to Scandinavia. It is somewhat generic, without going into small details of individual cultures. These specifications may be added according to your needs.

A large painted canvas depicting an Ice Age landscape (pleistocene steppe and fauna) fills the background. The detailed reconstruction of the camp includes leather tent, raw hide canoe, camp fire and cooking, diverse tools, hunting gear and a slaughtered reindeer (made from non-smelly artificial material!).

When you hire me in addition, I'll appear in reconstructed Ice Age hunter dress and personal gear. I'll demonstrate fire making, cooking, hunting weapons and all other equipment and give a lot of background information to this period and how we interpret it nowadays.

Costs:                                                                            
70.- € /day for the exhibition (or 2000.-€ / month)
100.- € / day of live action with Werner
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

transport costs: on your account
insurance amount:  10.000,– €, on your account
approximate space: 40 m2
text and pictures for press-releases and marketing are included

(The production of this exhibition is still in process!)



4. Mesolithic hunting camp

This exhibition aims to reconstruct a hypothetical Mesolithic hunter encampment as it might have looked  anywhere in Europe. It is somewhat generic, without going into small details of individual cultures. These specifications may be added according to your needs.

A large painted canvas depicting a “typical Mesolithic landscape” (forest, lake, river and it's fauna) fills the background. The detailed reconstruction of the camp includes leather tent, dug out canoe, camp fire and cooking, diverse tools, hunting gear and a slaughtered wild boar (made from non-smelly artificial material!).

When you hire me in addition, I'll appear in reconstructed Mesolithic hunter dress and personal gear. I'll demonstrate fire making, cooking, hunting weapons and all other equipment and give a lot of background information to this period and how we interpret it nowadays.

Costs:
70.- € /day for the exhibition (or 2000.-€ / month)
100.- € / day of live action with Werner
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

transport costs: on your account
insurance amount:  10.000,– €, on your account
approximate space: 40 m2
text and pictures for press-releases and marketing are included

(The production of this exhibition is still in process!)



Educational demonstrations

I am available for demonstrations in modern clothes or in prehistoric dress. Most museums choose prehistoric dress, because it's much more impressive for visitors, it generates more questions which are a great way into discussions.

As it is not worthwhile to drive a long way just for one day please book activities for at least two days in a row.


1. Hunter camp in the Mesolithic or Palaeolithic

I can be booked for either the Mesolithic or the Palaeolithic camp.

I provide a fully equipped camp including leather tent and sleeping place, boat, weapons, “prey”, fire and many other artefacts according to the general picture of the epoch. Details according to a specific archaeological location can also be included.
Demonstrations may include weapons, fire-making, cooking, sewing, tanning, dress etc. Visitors will be invited to take part in certain activities like testing weapons, making fire, drilling, making jewellery etc, depending on your site and resources.

This program will be specifically designed for activity days at your museum.

Occasionally it may even be possible to bring Stone Age friends along, which really benefits the life of the camp.
For these extra actors you'll only need to provide food and accommodation.

The museum would provide a place for the Stone Age camp,  a fire place and fire wood.

Costs:
100.- € / day (minimum 2 days please)
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



2. Prehistoric bow and arrow making

Bows and arrows will be made with Mesolithic tools.  My specialism is Mesolithic tools, but if you require demonstrations with other gear, let’s talk about it.

I provide all materials. If you like you may keep the bow and arrow for your museum without extra costs.

Costs:
100.- € / day (minimum 3 days)
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



3. Meat processing

An animal will be skinned with flint tools and utilized completely in a Stone Age manner.

The demonstration starts with making sharp flint blades. With these the animal will be skinned, the tendons detached, the meat carefully removed from the bones and cut into small pieces. Should there be entrails, they will be cleaned and I'll make a nice “Stone Age sausage”. Strong raw hide strings will be made out of the skin and the tendons will provide fine cord. The meat will be cooked in various prehistoric ways. The bones will be cleaned and I’ll demonstrate their use with ready prepared tools.

The museum provides the animal, preferably a roe deer, wild boar or similar. You may be able to get one fairly cheap from your local hunter. A fire place with fire wood will also be needed.

I bring all other gear needed. The museum staff are invited for dinner!

Costs:
100.- € / day (one day per animal)
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)


4. Prehistoric glue

 Processing and using of glue made from plant and animal parts

Different natural glue types, as they might have been used by our Stone Age ancestors, will be made and put to use under Stone Age conditions for your visitors to see. The glue types of interest are birch pitch, different resin glue combinations, Hyacinth plant, tree sap, starch, bone and hide glue, and casein.

The museum provides fire place and fire wood. If you want to keep samples of the glue,  please provide me with about 10 little ceramic cups or similar.

I bring all other material.

Costs:
100.- € / day (minimum 2 days please)
50.- € once off for material
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



5. Prehistoric cooking without pots or pans

Stone Age style stewing, boiling, roasting, frying, smoking... without pots or pans

We’ll cook meat, fish, eggs and veggies in different styles. E.g. with stewing stones, frying stone, hook grill, wooden grill, stick grill, roasting stone, roasting on embers, drying in air, smoking, pit oven etc.

These methods will give you an impression of the way our Stone Age ancestors might have prepared their food. There is some archaeological evidence, such as stewing stones, but most of what we know is via ethnological observations from elsewhere. We can make analogies from these for our prehistory too. Regardless of the hard facts it's still very interesting to use alternative cooking methods contrary to our normal barbeque... paleo cooking in its purest form.

The museum provides the food for the demonstrations, fire place and fire wood.

I bring everything else.

Costs:
100.- € / day
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough

 

 

6. Fire

Demonstration of different fire making methods

I will demonstrate some of the most likely fire making methods our Stone Age ancestors might have used. These are hand drill, bow drill, flint and markasite, as well as flint and steel. I'll also demonstrate different tinder material and how it's prepared.

The museum please provides a dry place without much wind where I may produce a lot of smoke.

I bring all other material.

Costs:
100.- € / day
 plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
 Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
 (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



7. Fish leather

Tanning fish hide and making a little pouch.

A fresh fish will be skinned and cleaned with a bone knife. The skin will be soaked in a liquor of egg, slightly dried and then churned into a soft and not-at-all-smelly,  strong and beautiful piece of fish leather.
This tanning method is particularly ideal for demonstrations in a museum, as it is a very quick process. Visitors who stay about 4 hours will see the complete process, from the skinning of the fish to the final product.
Fish leather is hardly known in central Europe, this fact alone fascinates visitors.

The museum provides a fresh fish, the bigger the better. Good ones are eel, salmon, pike or similar. But don't buy fish with “sand paper” skin like shark or sturgeon please.

Werner brings all other material needed.

Costs:
100.- € / day
 plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
 Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
 (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)


8. Prehistoric hunting weapons

Demonstration of Stone Age bow and arrow, spear-thrower, spear, lance, harpoon, eel spear, European boomerang, bola, slingshot and some traps.

I can demonstrate all of the Stone Age weapons, explain their history and their different functions. If the location is suitable, visitors may test some of them. 
Most visitors are highly fascinated by primitive weapons.

The museum provides a suitable location.

I bring all required gear.

Costs:
100.- € / day
 plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
 Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
 (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)




Installations for your museum

1. Prehistoric traps

To build and set up different traps as either indoor miniature models or outdoors in real size. All prehistoric traps are made out of natural materials.

Trapping in the North of Europe and Asia was practiced until the 1950's.   The use of traps to hunt for meat or fur is well documented. Hunting in these regions was the most important way of life during the Stone Age, and we can assume that similar traps were probably used in these times.

For your exhibition I'll construct different traps of your choice, either as handy little functional models, or full size. Of course I'll secure them in such a way that no-one gets caught!

I have up to 30 traps to offer, for hunting bear, elk, deer, reindeer, wolf, fox, capercaillie or other small game. The traps originate mainly from the North, but some are from other continents too.

Please contact me for a complete list.

costs:
100.- € / trap, model or full size.
200.- € non-recurring fee for installing any amount of traps.
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



2. Raw hide canoe

Some tribes in the Americas, and most probably our European Stone Age ancestors too, built raw hide boats. The Irish Coracle is a European relic of these. The Coracle is a lumpy water craft compared to other historic raw hide canoes elsewhere. I have experimented with raw hide canoe designs. The last one was an Elk hide canoe with a pine wooden frame in Finland. This turned out to be a very swift and elegant boat.

I'll build a raw hide canoe with a stable frame from fresh wood with only a knife and axe, as historic people would have done. The raw hide will be sewn and stretched over the frame when wet. I'll carve the paddle while the raw hide dries over the frame and distill some birch bark tar. The tar will be used to seal the seam. Rendered animal fat will be smeared onto the raw hide to protect it a bit against the water. After that the boat will be ready to join your exhibition.

I could do this job in your museum so it could be part of the demonstration activities for the public to see, or I can do it at home and just deliver the final boat.

The museum provides a dry working space, fire place and fire wood.

I provide all other material.

costs:
2500.- €
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)




Workshops

Here is an overview of the themes, more details can be found below:

1. bow and arrow making, with only a knife and axe

2. flint knapping for beginners

3. archaic hunting weapons

4. archaic traps

5. glue from nature

6. raw hide canoe building

7. prehistoric cooking

8. historic fire making


1. Bow and arrow making

How to turn a stick into a bow

We'll build a bow and arrows in three days using local wood. Contrary to other bow makers we only use a knife and an axe for this, as these are tools that everybody tends to have at home or carries in the woods. After this course you'll be able to manage in the wilderness without much technical equipment. Of course there are some useful tips and tricks involved, which I’ll happily share with you.

After you have finished your bow, one Stone Age hunting arrow and one arrow for target shooting, I’ll give you an introduction how to use these and you’ll have a go at archery!
                                                                                                              
Duration of the course : 3 full days. (if you want it more relaxed... let's talk about it)

Approximate process:

Day 1: Introduction to bow types, some history, safe handling of knife and axe, course of action, start chopping the rough form out of the stave.

Day 2: Fine tuning of your bow with axe and later knife, making the bow string.

Day 3: Finish your bow, make two arrows, one modern and a Stone Age one, introduction into different archery styles, first shooting of your bow, recommendations on treatment and storing your equipment.

I provide for each participant: one natural hazel bow stave, two arrow shafts, feathers, glue, string material, arrow points etc.

Participants please bring along:

1. sharp knife with short blade
    I have been only using a Swiss army knife for many years now (Victorinox)

2. sharp, small, handy axe
    I recommend the smallest axe of the Swedish company Gränsfors. (Gränsfors Miniaxe)
    https://www.gransforsbruk.com/de/product-cat/forstaxte/ 

3. any good sharpening tool to keep your blades sharp
    as well as plaster, ointment, Whiskey etc. for cuts, blisters and tears

Costs:
200.- € / day,
20.- € / participant for material
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

 

2. Flint knapping

The basics of flint knapping for beginners

From flint it’s possible to make many different razor sharp tools that are useful in the wilderness, such as knife blades, arrow- and spear tips, an awl, drill tip, piercer, scraper, axe and multitool. I'll teach you the basic skills along with some insider tips and tricks.

To become a successful flint knapper one needs a lot of practice and patience. Therefore I offer three successive courses.


Flint knapping 1, 2 and 3 

Each of these courses builds upon the experience of the former. In the interim, participants should practice at home to be able to get to the next level on the following course.

Approximate process:

Flint knapping 1: Basic information on flint and knapping techniques. Introduction to good tools. Splitting the core stone, preparing the work surface, chipping off the first blades and basic understanding of pressure flaking for arrow tips.

Flint knapping 2: We delve into the experience and skills of the former course, solve potential problems and make several different flint tools such as an arrow tip, spear tip, drill tip, awl, scraper and piercer.

Flint knapping 3: We delve deeper into the experience and skills of the former courses, solve potential problems and make new flint tools like a simple knife, an axe, a million year old multitool and learn how to treat them in a sustainable way.

Duration of the course: minimum two days per course, (preferably three)

I provide per participant: Flint and all tools, protective leather for your legs.

Participants please bring along: protective gloves and goggles as well as plasters for cuts.

Costs:
200.- € / day,
10.- € / participant for material per course
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



3. Archaic hunting weapons

Spear, spear-thrower, slingshot, bola, boomerang, harpoon and lance

These archaic weapons have been fascinating people ever since they first came into existence. Maybe because they are simple yet incredibly effective when handled by experienced people. The good thing is, one can make them in a very short time and thus get an effective weapon when needed in the wilderness.

We'll make these with only a knife and an axe, tools which most people have at home or carry along in the wild anyway. After this course you’ll no longer need high tech tools..

To tailor your individual course I include the approximate time one needs for making each weapon. This applies to people with good knife and axe experience. Beginners will need a bit more time:

spear with antler or bone tip:                                                   3 h
spear-thrower and spear with antler- or bone tip:                       4 h
slingshot made of leather                                                      ½ h
bola made of leather                                                              1 h
European hunting boomerang                                                 4 h
harpoon with antler or bone tip                                                4 h
lance with antler or bone tip                                                    3 h

The course includes an introduction to safe handling of knives and axes.  

Please build enough time into your course for practicing each weapon.

I provide: all materials for the weapons, e.g.. wood, glue, string, leather, antler and bone tip blanks.

Participants please bring along:

1. sharp knife with short blade
    I have been using only a Swiss army knife for many years now (Victorinox)

2. sharp, small, handy axe
    I recommend the smallest axe by the Swedish company Gränsfors. (Gränsfors Miniaxe)
    https://www.gransforsbruk.com/de/product-cat/forstaxte/ 

3. any good sharpening tool to keep your blades sharp
    as well as plaster, ointment, Whiskey etc. for cuts, blisters and tears

Costs:
200.- € / day,
20.- € / participant / material for weapon
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

 


4. Archaic traps

Hunting from your hammock...

Traps hunt when the hunter sleeps...if they are set correctly. Trapping is an art. You need to understand not only the technique of each trap, but also the behaviour of the potential prey at different seasons, the environment, the bait etc.

This course offers an introduction in the art of trapping. I'll teach you various ingenious traps for different game. We will build and set them. You'll learn about some behaviour of potential prey and some tricks and tips of the trade.

1. Capercaillie and black grouse funnel
2. Woodhen and hare snare                               
3. Fox fork
4. Spear trap for big game
5. Bow trap for big game
6. Weight-bird snare
7. Snare for antler-bearing game
8. Bear gibbet
9. Wolf hook
10. Carnivore hook
11. Figure 4 trap for tree and ground game
12. Log deadfall for ground game
13. Box trap for carnivores
14. Squirrel snares
15. Bushmen snare for birds and mammals

I provide: Models of some traps, string, rope.

The museum please provides a piece of land in which we may cut logs and turn them into traps.

Each participant please bring along:

1. sharp knife with short blade
    I have been using only a Swiss army knife for many years now (Victorinox)

2. sharp, small, handy axe
    I recommend the smallest axe by the Swedish company Gränsfors. (Gränsfors Miniaxe)
    https://www.gransforsbruk.com/de/product-cat/forstaxte/ 

3. any good sharpening tool to keep your blades sharp
    as well as plaster, ointment, Whiskey etc. for cuts, blisters and tears

Duration of course: 2 full days (if you want it more relaxed... add a day or two)

Costs:
200.- € / day,
50.- € once off for material
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

 


5. Glue from nature

Making and using different glue from the wild

Glue is very useful, sometimes neccessary at home as well in the wild, and if you want to use natural glue contrary to modern, often poisonous chemicals, here is your alternative.

Birch bark pitch is the oldest known glue and dates back to about 45, 000 years. As Birch pitch can only be distilled, it implicates that even Neanderthals could distill! This is particularly fascinating, as they had no ceramics yet. How did they distill? These and other interesting facts around natural glue are part of this course. And of course you'll make your own glue.

Glue types given attention here are:
                                                                                      
1. Birch bark tar and pitch
2. Tree resin glue with different ingredients
3. Skin and bone glue
4. Hyacinth glue
5. Tree sap und casein glue

Duration: one full day

I provide: all material

The museum provides: fire place and fire wood

Participants only need note book and pen for personal notes

Costs:    200.- € / day,
              100.- € once off for material
              plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
              Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
              (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



6. Raw hide canoe

Building a prehistoric raw hide canoe by team work

Some tribes in the Americas, and most probably our European Stone Age ancestors too, built raw hide boats. The Irish Coracle is a European relic of these. The Coracle is a lumpy water craft compared to other historic raw hide canoes elsewhere. I have experimented with raw hide canoe designs. The last one was an Elk hide canoe with a pine wooden frame in Finland. This turned out to be a very swift and elegant boat.

We'll build a raw hide canoe with a stable frame from fresh wood with only a knife and axe, as historic people would have done. The raw hide will be sewn and stretched over the frame when wet. One participant will carve the paddle while the raw hide dries over the frame and others will distill some birch bark tar. The tar will be used to seal the seam. Rendered animal fat will be smeared on the raw hide to protect it a bit against the water. After that the boat will be ready to sail.

This course is designed as a team work activity for a minimum of 5 participants.

Approximate process:

Day 1: Introducing the construction and planning the process. Collecting the wood in the forest. Debarking the wood and cutting it into required staves for the frame. The raw hides will be watered.

Day 2: The frame will be put together. Some participants will start sewing the raw hides. One participant will make the paddle with axe and knife.

Day 3: When everything is ready we’ll pull the hides over the frame and sew them on. The raw hide will need to dry over night.

Day 4: We distill birch bark tar. After the raw hide is dry enough we seal the seam with tar. Then we smear rendered fat on the hide and the boat can sail.

This is the ideal plan if every participant is well skilled in using an axe and a knife and if we work full days without many breaks. For beginners or if we want to be more relaxed we'll probably need two more days.

Material:
Designed like this, the course provides no time for making the raw hides ourselves so we’ll get ready made hides. If we have 4 – 6 more participants working for the first 2 days full time on the raw hides it will be possible to complete the whole project from the raw materials.

Wood we need:
2 bent pieces for bow and stern, about arm thickness and each 1.5m long.
One straight, arm thickness log for the keel, about 4m long.                                                             24
8 thumb thickness sticks, about 5.5m long and straight for the sides.
about 30 thumb thickness sticks for the ribs, about each 50cm long.
one straight log for the paddle, about 25cm thick at the base, 2m long and straight.

Any straight, elastic and fresh wood of hazel, birch, pine, spruce, ash, rowan, buckthorn etc. is suitable.

I provide: material for sewing, equipment for distilling, string and rendered fat.

The museum provides:
1. forest to cut the needed wood
2. the raw hides (either 2 big cow, elk or horse hides, or 6 big red deer hides, or 8 big reindeer hides or similar.) The total surface of the stitched hides should be about 5.5m x 3m.
3. Fire place on the ground and fire wood for tar distilling
4. about 1kg, thick birch bark (fresh or dry)

Each participant please bring along:

1. sharp knife with short blade
    I have been using only a Swiss army knife for many years now (Victorinox)

2. sharp, small, handy axe
    I recommend the smallest axe by the Swedish company Gränsfors. (Gränsfors Miniaxe)
    https://www.gransforsbruk.com/de/product-cat/forstaxte/ 

3. any good sharpening tool to keep your blades sharp
    as well as plaster, ointment, Whiskey etc. for cuts, blisters and tears

Costs:
200.- € / day
20.- € once off for material
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



7. Prehistoric cooking

Stone Age style stewing, boiling, roasting, frying, smoking... without pots or pans

We’ll cook meat, fish, eggs and veggies in different styles. E.g. with stewing stones, frying stone, hook grill, wooden grill, stick grill, roasting stone, roasting on embers, drying in air, smoking, pit oven etc.

These methods will give you an impression of the way our Stone Age ancestors might have prepared their food. There is some archaeological evidence, such as stewing stones, but most of what we know is via ethnological observations from elsewhere. We can make analogies from these for our prehistory too. Regardless of the hard facts it's still very interesting to use alternative cooking methods contrary to our normal barbeque... paleo cooking in its purest form.

Duration of course: minimum 2 days

I provide for each participant: all raw food for the course such as fish, meat, eggs and veggies.

The museum provides: Fire place, fire wood and a hedge or forest where we can cut some straight sticks.

Participants need to bring along: A sharp knife, a little sharp axe, own cutlery and any other food you might want or need.

Costs: 200.- € / day,
            15.- € / participant / day for material
             plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
             Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
             (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)


8. Historic fire making

Making fire without lighter or matches... who is not fascinated by this?

If you have tried it by yourself, maybe guided by a book or a You Tube clip, you'll have found out that it is not as easy as it looks. The secret lies in little tips and tricks which you only find out via long, slow experiments on your own or if you consult someone who knows these and is willing to tell you. If you watch and listen very carefully and have some patience with yourself, you'll get there ;)

Every participant will make his or her own hand drill and bow drill set. You'll practice some of the most fascinating fire making methods like bow drill, hand drill, flint and marcasite and flint and steel. Also you'll make some good tinder, a very important part of fire making.

Duration of course: one full day

I provide for each participant: all raw material like sticks, string, tinder etc.

The museum provides: a dry place where we can make a lot of smoke

Participants please bring along: a sharp knife and plaster.

Costs: 200.- € / day,
              15.- € / per participant for material
              plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
              Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
              (Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)

 

 


Lectures:

1. Living Museums in Namibia

Living Museum - a window onto original African culture

A Living Museum is an open air museum directly connected to a specific historic time period of a particular tribe. Antecesors of this tribe are reenacting original lifeways wearing authentic dress and using traditional tools in a reconstructed settlement. Visitors are able to step back in time and are encouraged to take part in activities.

All the different ethnic groups in Namibia are heavily influenced by European culture, so that in most cases only their language and a few fragments of their original culture have survived.

Living Museums preserve the old cultures and traditional knowledge. Doing so, cultural background is more easily understood,  a healthy self-esteem is built up and an income generated.

Werner Pfeifer will present this very successful concept in a speech together with many pictures from the existing Living Museums in Namibia.
After the presentation he’ll happily discuss this with visitors. He’ll also bring along some gear from the San, which may be purchased to help benefit the little association supporting the development of Living Museums in Namibia. For details also see : www.lcfn.info

Duration: about 90 minutes.
Werner brings along: Memostick with the pictures
The museum please provides: marketing, place and technical equipment
Costs: 200.- € / lecture
plus food, accommodation and travel costs
at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)


2. The San, then and today

Bushmen in Namibia, their history, culture and present situation

The San (also called Bushmen) are the oldest known people of Southern Africa. Their ancient culture of hunting and gathering is as good as extinct.
The many pictures give a good impression of this fascinating culture, and give us an insight into our own past Stone Age life style. 
This presentation also depicts their fate since the immigration of African and later European colonists, as well as some failed and successful setups of recent development aid.

Werner Pfeifer himself is 4th generation Namibian. With his development of the Living Museum concept he has found a way for communities to create a sustainable way of thriving with their old culture within a modern world. Within the last 15 years he has managed to win the trust of two San villages and thus reports first hand.
After the speech he’ll happily discuss this with visitors. He’ll also bring along some gear from the San, which  may be purchased to help benefit of the little association supporting the development of Living Museum's in Namibia. For details also see : www.lcfn.info

Duration: about 90 minutes.
Werner brings along: Memostick with the pictures
The museum please provides: marketing, place and technical equipment
Costs: 200.- € / lecture
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)


3. Stone Age glue

How did Stone Age people distill birch bark pitch without ceramics available? With this question in mind Werner and his colleague Marco Claussen have made some experiments at the Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen in 2014. They developed two different constructions which were both successful.
Inspired by this Werner experimented with other natural ingredients, resulting in a publication and this speech, presenting a variety of possible Stone Age glue types, their making and use.


After the speech he’ll happily discuss this with visitors. He’ll also bring along some examples of his experiments.

Duration: about 90 minutes.
Werner brings along: Memostick with the pictures
The museum please provides: marketing, place and technical equipment
Costs: 200.- € / lecture
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)



4. Stone Age rock art in Namibia

Fosilized thoughts of the San...


Many thousand rock paintings and engravings are found in the mountainous regions of Namibia. The San have lived here for an unknown length of time. Their ancestors carved and painted pictures of themselves, animals, tracks, plants and unrealistic figures into the rock, leaving us with the questions why? what does it mean?
In this speech Werner will show a variety of great rock art from Namibia and talk about the somewhat grotesque early interpretations and the modern take on this, including the personal view of some living San elders he met.
After the speech he’ll happily discuss this with visitors. He’ll also bring along some gear from the San, which may be purchased to help benefit of the little association supporting the development of Living Museums in Namibia. For details also see : www.lcfn.info

Duration: about 90 minutes.
Werner brings along: Memostick with the pictures
The museum please provides: marketing, place and technical equipment
Costs: 200.- € / lecture
plus food, accommodation and travel costs at 40 cent/km from Albersdorf.
Albersdorf is located 90km North of Hamburg.
(Accommodation may be simple, for example a camp site or sofa is good enough)


 

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