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In this episode, I talk with Morten Kutschera about hands-on approaches to teaching history and his work producing replicas of artefacts for museums and experimental archaeologists.
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Some useful terminology and links
The period between the Upper Palaeolithic and the Neolithic – it refers to the final period of hunter-gatherer cultures in Europe and Western Asia, between the end of the Last Glacial Maximum and the Neolithic Revolution.
The third and last subdivision of the Palaeolithic. The earliest evidence of organised settlements and art come from this period. The primary cultures of this period in Europe are the Aurignacian and the Gravettian. The people of this period were anatomically modern humans.
The shapping of stone into tools by impact and pressure to remove material in a predictable way. The most common materials for knapping were chert (including flint) and obsidian.
Morten Kutschera’s Prehistoric Arts & Crafts
Authentic and fully functional replicas of prehistoric and medieval artifacts – specialised in stone tools, bone and antler.
Pfahlbaumuseum (Pile Dwelling Museum)
An open air Stone Age archaeological museum and research institute with a Stone Age village reconstruction on an excavation site, with lake dwellings & demos of handicrafts.
Morten Kutschera making a Mesolithic flake axe
Steinalderbyen by Fosnstraumen [Stone Age towns at Fosnstraumen]
Kjerner og flekker [Cores and flakes]
(with English subtitles)
Sharing Heritage @ Pfahlbauten: Feuersteinbearbeitung
Morten Kutschera viser flinthandverk [Morten Kutschera shows flint handicrafts]
About Morten Kutschera
A large part of Morten Kutschera’s work focuses on producing replicas of prehistoric artefacts and teaching children about history though hand-on activites. One of his long time interests has been stone tool technologies of the Early Mesolithic and Late Upper Paleolithic of north-western Europe. He has produced replicas for museums throughout Scandinavia and elsewhere in Europe as well as regularly producing accurate replicas of prehistoric tools, particularly knapped stone tools, for use by experimental archaeologists. Morten currently runs his own company ‘Morten Kutschera’s Prehistoric Arts & Crafts’ through which he produces and sells replica artefacts. He is also an honorary research fellow at Exeter University in the U.K. where he teaches various skills related to prehistoric technology.
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— Anthony T. Hincks