Stone Age Foraging Workshop
STONE AGE FORAGING WORKSHOP
Sunday the 24th of November 10am – 3pm
Based on her research on the diet of early humans in the Cape, Elzanne Singels has developed this workshop to enable modern humans (you) to experience a day in the life of our early ancestors. A guided walk, forage, cooking and stone tool production exercise will show participants how early humans not only survived in the Cape, but thrived, where the special plants and animals of this mega diverse region shaped what our species came to be.
The day will begin with a brief presentation of the recent evidence of early human evolution in the Cape and how we understand they survived from the resources they could hunt and gather. This presentation will include a brief showcase of the important stone tools these people used.
WALK AND FORAGE
Then we will put this newly learnt information to the test, we will have a short walk and gather food with stone age equipment, after which we will return to the Veld and Sea cabin to cook and process this food using stone age methods.
At the cabin the main activities will be to process the Watsonia corms into food and glue, which will be accompanied with drinks for those that are thirsty Fynbos Martini and G&T: Fynbos infused vermouth and gin drink will be served Non-alcoholic options: Honeybush Iced Tea and Kombucha. With the fires already going, the Watsonia will be roasted for half an hour, after which we will process them by removing the husks and expressing as much glue from the corms as we can. This will be set aside. The corms will be ground into a paste and set aside for the mash that will be served with mains.
The lunch will consist of a stone age meal with some modern additions to be cooked and enjoyed around the fire, followed by the last and much anticipated activity of the day: Composite stone tool production session.
Starters (Vegan): Watsonia crackers (made from Watsonia flour using a stone age method) and Veldkool hummus
Mains: Springbok fillet will be braaied and served with Watsonia mash and fermented indigenous greens
Vegetarian/Vegan option available on request.
COMPOSITE STONE TOOL PRODUCTION
The glue will be used to produce the composite tools that everyone gets to take home. With the digging stick that everyone was given at the start of the workshop, each participant will attach a stone flake to the tip of the stick with the Watsonia glue and place next to the fire to roast. This process will be repeated many times until the haft is secure. Everyone can check and reapply their own stone tool before it is time to go home.
What participants will need to bring:
Hiking gear – proper shoes, hat, sunscreen, water bottle
What participants will be provided with:
Booklet for the event which will include basic info on stone age hunter-gatherer life in the Cape and the menu. Digging stick, that will later act as a haft for production of composite stone tool, where they will be provided with stone flake to glue onto the stick. They will take home the spear. Food and drink.
What you will gain from the workshop:
- Understanding of what a day in the stone age life would have been like
- Learn how profoundly important fynbos was in our species evolution
- Learn how exactly the plants and animals of the Cape shaped what we are today
- How stone tools were produced and used
- How early humans cooked (without pots and pans)
- What the real paleo-diet consisted off
Cost: R850 per person