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Learn to make stone tools at Archaeological Center

James Bowden teaching flintknapping at a workshop last year.

The San Diego Archaeological Center announces Introduction to Flintknapping with James Bowden on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at the San Diego Archaeological Center located at 16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd., Escondido. Admission is $30, $25 for members and youth 12 with paying adult. Advanced registration is required and space is extremely limited.

Please register at sandiegoarchaeology.org/introduction-to-flintknapping/

This is a great workshop for those who have always wanted to try making stone tools or are curious how it is done. Participants will not only learn about the components that make up the Native American stone toolkit, but also basic flintknapping techniques. Participants will also be able to practice these techniques in creating stone tools which they can keep at the end of the session. No experience required. Ages 12 . Minors must be accompanied by a paid adult.

The introductory workshop will be followed a little later in the day by an advanced workshop.

Also available:

Advanced Flintknapping Techniques with James Bowden

Overcoming Knapping Challenges

Saturday, March 30

1:30– 5:30 p.m.

James Bowden has over 30 years’ experience in flintknapping using traditional tools and techniques. His work has been featured in Modern Lithic Artists Guild Journal, Gold Prospector’s Magazine, and in over two dozen museum and visitor centers across the country.

Stephanie Sandoval, public archaeology director, told The Times-Advocate: “Our flintknapping workshops with James Bowden are always in high demand at the Center.  These classes are accessible even for the non-archaeologist.  Anyone who has wondered about the process of making stone tools would learn a great deal from attending.  The small class size offers participants a rare opportunity to work closely with, and learn from a true expert.  

“Last November, we offered our annual Native American Toolkit and Intermediate Flintknapping workshops, however this month we are excited to provide two new classes: an introductory class that is open not only to adults, but older youth as well, and a fully advanced class for those with flintknapping experience.  Mr. Bowden is a wonderful teacher and his students always enjoy his classes and especially creating their own stone tools,” said Sandoval.

For more information, please contact Public Archaeology Director Stephanie Sandoval at sjsandoval@sandiegoarchaeology.org or by telephone: 760-291-0370.

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