Primitive or Prehistoric Technology is an art as well as a science.
It is our purpose to not only show a picture of the past, but to bring it to life by providing a functional replica.
When the proper natural materials are taken through a traditional process, the result is worthwhile of scientific study. This is the best of experimental archaeology, and also a way archeology can be enjoyed by those wishing to connect with the past.
Replica of Sandstone Oil Lamp found in the cave of Lascaux, France (around 17,000 years ago)
"I consider the skill level of Michael Frank to be of the highest caliber. Over the years I have watched him develop as a student with an insatiable thirst, perseverance, and curiosity for knowledge and understanding. He has developed into a mature practitioner bordering on the verge of perfection. No longer just a student but one of the few both willing and able to carry the highest standards and traditional ways on to the upcoming generations.
Some of Mike's areas of expertise include flintknapping, bow making, hafting, fire making, and their archaeological consequences and applications. His years of employment at the Smithsonian Museum have given him a perspective few other prehistorians can claim." Errett Callahan, PhD, Founder and First President of the Society Of Primitive Technology
August 8, 2010
Modern flintknappers(stone tool workers) can be a great asset to the science of Archaeology. In this section we offer proper examples to be used in demonstrations and teaching collections. When traditional tools are used with the authentic process, the past truly comes to life.
Our flint tipped pump drills make an excellent demonstration of how ancient tools were used. Stone drills are often seen in arrowhead case displays, and seldom get the attention they deserve. When hafted and used to drill through wood, bone, antler, and even other stone, archaeology comes to life. The point of knapped flint is set in with genuine pine pitch and wood ash glue, and the flywheel is made of sandstone