6th July - 31st July 2015: The Ice Age Island ~ Jersey
Despite the poor weather this year, a number of flintknapping workshops took place over four days throughout the month and one of the younger participates (Max) created his own blog of the experience
I also carved a Bull Roarer (or Rhombus, Bramadera, Matapu, Turndun) from a piece of horse bone and tested it in various places, including at Le Dolmen du Couperon (below). It is believed the origins of the Bull Roarer date to the Palaeolithic and found at sites in Ukraine, Germany and Denmark, plus a fine red ochre covered and incised with linear motifs example from the Magdalenian layers at La Roche de Lalinde (Dordogne), which was the inspiration for the one I made. Play the video and notice the characteristic roaring vibrato noise it makes, with notable sound modulations occurring from the rotation of the roarer along its longitudinal axis.
On 13th August Sara Palmer from BBC Radio Jersey interviewed myself and the Ice Age Island team. She asked me about my role as an experimental archaeologist and flintknapper at La Hougue Bie and about many of the replica artefacts and animal hides I had on display.