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The current regulations (Regulation 6) to fight COVID-19 state that up to 6 people can meet in the outdoors but that they do not stay overnight. This means that we can run our courses over 2 days. Until the regulations are relaxed further, we are proposing to run our courses on the following basis:
Total Group Size: 5 participants and 1 Instructor.
Days and Times: Saturdays 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-2pm.
Participants must return home on the Saturday evening.
The entire syllabus will be covered.
Please contact us if you’d like to book a place on a course.
The Aim of this course is to teach you how to produce tools that our ancestors would have made. On this course you will learn how to work with bone to make an adze, drills, needles harpoon points, combs and much, much more. You will also have the opportunity to compare the cordage used in pre-history.
You will be taught the ethical sourcing of the materials used in primitive tool production, which bones are ideal for specific tools, how to compile 'bundles' and how to produce compound tools We will provide you with the raw materials, but it is up to you to put them all together. Everything you make you can take away with you. There is an opportunity at the end to test the tools you've made. All this is put into an archaeological and pre-history context.
This is a hands on course. The instructors will explain and demonstrate but you will get the opportunity to have a go at everything!
The itinerary may change depending on the weather, but all subjects will be covered.
Please click here for Primitive Tools Learning Outcomes
Outdoor clothing should be tough and comfortable. Wearing several thin layers is better than a few thick layers. A waterproof jacket and several sweatshirts underneath are sufficient. Jeans should not be worn, as they are slow to dry, clinging and cold. Natural colours or camouflage will give you a better chance of spotting wildlife. Walking boots are ideal, but wellies in wet weather and trainers in dry weather will suffice.
Please pack your torch, antibacterial wipes/soap and insect repellent at the top of your bag.
You will also need to bring food for the weekend (2 x breakfast, 1 x lunch and 2 x evening meals). You can cook over the camp fire, or you can bring your own stove. Hot water is provided as the kettle will be over the fire all through the course.
You will not be posted any instructions. Everything you need to attend the course is on this webpage and on the email that you will receive. If you require anything further, please do not hesitate to get in touch and we'll be glad to assist.
Feedback and Complaints
Any feedback from you course is always welcome. If you have a complaint it should first be raised with the instructor running the course. If you are still not happy, please contact us in writing at the address above. We will always strive to amend our courses for the best experience for all concerned.
If your certificate does not arrive with in 20 working days it is the responsibility of the learner to alert Survival School via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Certificates that are not handed out on the final day of the course are posted requiring a signature. A claim can only be made against Royal Mail with in 60 days of postage. Any replacement certificate will be charged at £35.
Our public liability insurance is with Zenith Insurance and the policy number is UK CCC 3002818.
Post Course Reading List
For a list of suggested reading material please click here: Recommended Reading