Art & Science of Flintknapping
Fri, Feb 25, 7:00 PM – Sun, Feb 27, 10:00 PM
This is a weekend learning experience for those who want to make stone tools using traditional techniques and/or want to understand the waste products of the flintknapping process. This anthropology class is a Field Class of the Joshua Tree National Park Associati on’s Desert Institute. The class is taught by Jeanne Day Binning, Ph.D., Brian Barbier, M.A., and Charles (Chuck) Bouscaren, B.A. at the California State University Desert Studies Center (ZZYZX) near Baker, California. Students stay in a dormitory setting and five cafeteria-style meals are provided.* The class may be taken for credit through the University of California, Riverside Extension Program. The class starts at 7:00 PM on Friday evening and ends at noon on Sunday. Most of the class time is spent doing hands-on activities; lectures occur on Friday and Saturday evenings. The class is limited to 12 students. Planned activities include heat treatment of chert, basic percussion biface reduction (with hammerstone and billet), basic pressure flaking (including notching), the use of an atlatl, and the use of a single-stave “selfbow”. Each participant has the opportunity to haft what he or she manufactures (arrow point, dart point, or knife). Ground-stone manufacture is also covered. Rock samples and different types of debitage are available for students to study during the class. This hands-on course is based at the Desert Studies Center (of California State University, Fullerton) located within the Mojave Desert Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), less than a three-hour drive from Joshua Tree National Park. The course fee includes two nights’ lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms and some couple rooms), and meals starting with breakfast Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday. Upon enrollment, you will be sent additional detailed information about the Center and specifics on what to bring.