Wednesday, 23 November 2016

I'll tan your hide

Using flint tools to prepare a roe deer skin for tanning is fairly strait forward. The pale piece of flint to the left was found in a Cambridgeshire field after it had been ploughed and shows the obvious marks of having been deliberately shaped, or knapped, and may be thousands of years old. The darker one to the left was made out of a flint pebble found in the same field. These flint scrapers can then be used to remove any scraps of meat, fat and membrane from the skin before it is cured or tanned.

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