Flintknapping Workshop

Cancelled: May 24-30, 2020

Learn to make stone tools with Tim Dillard

Tim is an expert flintknapper with over twenty-five years of experience. Informal lectures on tool forms, chert, quarrying strategies, local geology, and technical aspects of knapping will set the stage for sessions in percussion, billet, and pressure flaking. Participants also go on chert collection trips and learn how to heat-treat chert. Everyone who attends the program emerges with a greater understanding of stone tool technologies. 

COVID-19 Update (1 April 2020)

The Center for American Archeology is actively monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has ordered all Illinois residents to stay at home and for all non-essential businesses to cease until 30 April 2020 in order to combat the coronavirus outbreak. The CAA is complying with this order.

At the time of this posting, we are accepting enrollments for our summer programs in the hope that we will be able to have them. We are not accepting deposits or tuition payments at this time.

If you would like to attend a field school or other program, simply submit your enrollment and scholarship forms. Invoices for tuition payment will be sent once we are certain programs will happen.

In the event that programs are cancelled because of the coronavirus, refunds will be issued. Until that time, our standard refund policies are in place.

Please note: The ASU Kampsville Field School, Spring Adult Field School, Flintknapping Workshop, and all Spring Past Lifeways have been cancelled. Students in those programs have been notified.

Check out a review of the workshop published in the Journal of Lithic Studies written by one of our participants.

Program

Tuition is $575, and includes room, basic field lunch, and instruction. 

Breakfast and dinner are on your own. Participants will stay at a CAA dormitory. Rooms are at minimum double occupancy. Our dorm is equipped with refrigerators, microwave, coffee pot, hotplate, outdoor grill, and campfire area. Feel free to bring your own tools, but it is not required. Participants are responsible for making their transportation arrangements. The CAA can provide shuttle service to & from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station for an additional cost.

Schedule

  • Sunday (May 24): Participants arrive in Kampsville
  • Monday-Friday (May 25-29): Program days
  • Saturday (May 30): Participants depart

How to Enroll

Enrollment is open to anyone 18 years or older. Novices and experienced knappers are welcome!

Click here to download the 2020 Flintknapping Workshop Application

Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation by email, a packet of additional information, and instructions for payment. Either full payment or a 30% deposit will secure your spot in the program.

If you have not received confirmation, we have not received your application.

Registration closes one week prior to the start date.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at education@caa-archeology.org or 618-653-4316 for more information.