Journey back 10,000 yearswith flint knapper John Davis

Published 11:39 pm Wednesday, October 30, 2019

For at least 10,000 years, humans have been knapping rock to make scrapers, blades, adzes, arrowheadsand other tools and weapons. At the next Live@LanieronThursday,November 7 at 6:00 p.m.,journeyback in time with flint knapper John Davis.Knapping is the shaping of flint, obsidian, and other brittle stone by flaking away precise pieces. John hasbeen practicing the art for the last 15 years—more recently than the Neolithic—but the process isbasically the same.Consider an arrowhead’s sharp tip, bladed edge, and shape of the head with a neck and tang for fasteningto the shaft, and you may begin to appreciate the skill and care necessary to get the job done withoutbreaking the stone apart.John will explain the when, what, whyand who of flint knapping, and where stone tools and weapons canbe found in the earth, including right here in the Foothills. He will also demonstrate how they were made.“Stone Works of Polk County” is the latest program in Lanier’s Felburn Nature and Wildlife Collectionseries free and open to the public. Members and visitors can also browse the Felburn book andphotography collection downstairs in the Le Duc Room before the program.Lanier Libraryis located at72 Chestnut StreetinTryon.For more information, visitwww.thelanierlibrary.orgor call828-859-9535.

Submitted by Vincent Verrecchio

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