Forging Ahead!

Return to Vounous

The 3rd Vounous Symposium is going wonderfully well. Kevin Frank and Chris Stein of Manufactum Historicum and I have been doing experiments with creating faience, including making it from locally resourced materials. Bronze casting is also underway. We have three furnaces this year, my little pit furnace from last year, one that is self drafting and one short shaft furnace. The above photo is a replica of a dagger we saw at the Museum of Archaeology and Nature, Gurzelyurt ( Morphou). We’ve also cast daggers that are replicas of one that was found here at Vounous. We plan to continue making  replicas of the exquisite work made by the earliest metalsmiths in Cyprus.

I’ve recently started an Instagram account. If you want to follow me and see up to date photos from Vounous, look for fregnigiovanna, or check for postings with #ancienttoolsandcraft.

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2 thoughts on “Forging Ahead!”

  1. Dear Giovanna,

    My name is Josanna Simpson and I work in the Curriculum Department of The Institute of Reading Development, an education-based company located in Northern California, USA. Currently I am project manager for the creation of a textbook on World History for middle school students that our company plans to publish in-house. I found your blog posting entitled “World’s Oldest Needle” contained an excellent photograph of the bone needle in question. This image would be extremely helpful for our chapter on the Paleolithic Period. May we have permission to reuse this image? Our textbook has a planned publication date of Fall 2020 and an estimated first print run of 5000. If we may have permission to use the image, please let me know how the image should be credited and if any royalties are required. Below is the link to the article in question: http://ancienttools.net/tag/bone-needles/

    Sincerely,

    Josanna Simpson, Curriculum Department
    Institute of Reading Development
    jsimpson@readingprograms.org
    415-884-8117

    1. I am afraid that the photograph is not mine and came from an article in the Siberian Times. I had the link to the article in my post, bit it appeared to have been lost. Last year my website crashed and I learned too late that my hosting service did not provide backups. Most of my website was reconstructed from the Internet Archives. While it was a godsend, they cannot do everything, and so I lost a lot of details such as links and captions. I have fixed the post now and have the link provided again. Thanks for your interest in my post.

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