The art of flint knapping started when one of the hominids cracked one rock against another and created a sharp edge and realized “hey I can cut something with this”.
This happened somewhere in Africa over one million years ago and the guy or gal that discovered this did not look a lot like us modern humans. From Africa the art of flint knapping, the fashioning stone into tools by flaking or chipping ... Read More
No one really knows how long brain tanning has been practiced. The natives in the Americas utilized this technique to manufacture fine suede leather used to make clothing and other items.
In most of North America deer seem to have been the preferred animal for this. This is where the name buck skins came from, for the native style leather pants ... Read More
Because of Florida’s unique environment many items made from perishable substances have survived from antiquity. Florida is a wet and swampy place with calcium rich rivers. Many items made from wood, bone and antler have been found preserved or sometimes fossilized. These artifacts range from the time of European contact, to the Paleo People who hunted mammoth and other mega fauna. In Newnan’s lake near present day Gainesville Florida, hundreds of dug out canoes have been found.... Read More
Most primitive cultures have at some time used the bow and arrow. Although some cultures like the Inca of South America and the Aborigines of Australia preferred the use of the Atlatl over the bow. This is definitely the exception and not the rule. As the technology of the bow and arrow spread throughout the world, the Atlatl although much easier to manufacture, took the back seat to the much more stealthy and efficient bow and arrow... Read More
The staff at Ochlockonee River State Park thank you for coming to the 7th Annual Stone Age & Primitive Arts Festival! Over 1500 visitors entered the park during the 3 day event, with many leaving with a better understanding on how early man lived and worked. Vendors generously donated handmade items to our annual auction that earned us over 600 dollars for our Help Our State Parks Fund, which we will use for next years event.