I haven't had time to forumulate my post on toolstone preservation and flintknapping skill yet. Probably in a week.
So, to keep my loyal readers entertained, I thought I'd talk about the class projects my students turned in yesterday.
Here's a list of the projects:
Griding acorns into flour, leaching tannin from the flour, and processing it into small edible cakes (for us to eat)(interesting flavor).
Making a corrugated pot.
Carving Mayan glyphs into an unfired pot.
Making an Egyptian canopic jar (with the head of anubis on the lid).
Exerimenting with different designs on southwestern pottery.
Hafting a projectile point to an arrowshaft.
Experimenting with different types of temper for ceramics (there were three of these types of projects).
Making an atlatl shaft, complete with fletching.
Comparing cores made by a novice flintknapper and one with more experience.
There were some of my students who were not there, so I'm not sure what their projects will be like. I was most impressed with the acorn grinding and flour leaching, as well the project that carved glyphs into a pot.Both were incredibly labor intensive and very informative. The comparison of lithic cores was also very interesting.
One of the temper comparison studies proved informative. One of the students determined that the addition of temper is facilitated when the clay is also dry and powdery. He learned this by letting a lump of clay dry out, grinding it into powder, and then adding temper and water. He said it worked much better. What do all of you ceramicists think about that? I think it makes sense, especially if the potter is digging dry clay or dirt out of the ground.
I know that some of the students really struggled to create a finished product(some weren't very pretty), but for the most part, it seems like they did some great research.