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recreating Otzi's tools

Post by druid8172 on Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:36 pm

just been watching a series of videos on YouTube where Shawn Woods makes recreations of the iceman Otzi's tools in the video on the flint dagger carried by Otzi it shows an interesting reproduction of a pressure flaker found in the ice mans tool kit. I would post a link but the forum wont let me yet the video is titled How to make an Otzi the Iceman Flint Dagger. Ancient Bushcraft Survival Skills.


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Post by grendel on Thu Apr 14, 2016 12:13 am

Here's the vid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K-UX_U0F7I

They're excellent videos, very informative and well made, thanks for letting us know about them. 

I've been making Otzi knives for years, even have a few in museums. They are a very effective knife, better in many ways than more elaborate modern designs made by today's knappers. The pressure flakers are a good design too, much better than using an antler tine.

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Post by druid8172 on Thu Apr 14, 2016 5:00 pm

I was just surprised to see that if you replaced the antler tine with a copper nail you would have a modern pressure flaker. Otzi would be able to pick up a modern tool and use it instantly and even had access to the technology to make one for himself

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Post by grendel on Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:27 am

This possible flint knapper's kit found in Berkshire in 2013 contains a copper rod which could easily be fitted into an Otzi type flaker. So perhaps modern flakers aren't modern at all. Also the modern design for a pressure flaker comes from the American Indians, I believe, who inserted iron nails into wood.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wessexarchaeology/68979994/in/album-72057594078946147/

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