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Hide-working with dry scrape technique using stone and bone tools

Harris, SM; (2012) Hide-working with dry scrape technique using stone and bone tools. Archaeological Leather Group Newsletter , 36 12 - 14. Green open access

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Abstract

My research into prehistoric leather in Europe has led to an interest in the techniques and tools used to process animal skins by methods such as oiling, drying and smoking using stone and bone tools (Harris 2011). There are many excellent sources outlining historical and present day methods of tanning or curing skins other than vegetable tanning (Aksaajuq Otak 2005, Kellogg 1984, 88-95, Klokkernes 2007, Mason 1891, Oakes and Riewe 1996, Richards 2004). Like many archaeologists who wish to improve their understanding of the archaeological evidence, I have attempted several of these techniques myself. As those who have tried will know, preparing skins is not so straightforward and I have several examples of hard, crinkly skins with the hair falling out. To improve my understanding I took Pier Chandler's course on “Natural Hideworking” which promised to teach a dry-scrape technique using stone tools. I made these notes of the day and thought they may be of interest to other members.

Type: Article
Title: Hide-working with dry scrape technique using stone and bone tools
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.archleathgrp.org.uk/members/N36web.pdf
Language: English
Keywords: Leather, Prehistory, Technology, Stone Age
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1433004
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