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An archaeologist explores the importance of flint to Stone Age man. A modern day worker makes a replica of a Stone Age arrow, showing us how skilled people were in their use of flint.

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An archaeologist explores the importance of flint in Stone Age Britain. A modern day worker makes a replica of a Stone Age arrow, showing us how skilled people were in their use of flint. He even makes a Stone Age glue from pine resin, beeswax and charcoal to hold the arrowhead in place. There was, at that time, no knowledge of metal or metal-working so survival depended on making these tools and weapons.

This clip is from the BBC series Ancient Voices. In a series of short films, archaeologist Raksha Dave explores the amazing places, monuments and archaeological finds left behind from prehistoric Britain to build a picture of what it must have been like living in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

To bring prehistory alive and show how the ancient people of Britain shaped where we live now, Raksha makes a razor-sharp flint tool, helps to cast a bronze axe and, using only a red deer antler, mines iron ore in an ancient mine. She visits the exceptional Stone Age burial at Paviland, explores Stonehenge - where, nearby, the biggest discovery of prehistoric gold was unearthed - and enters the Secret Forest, home to the only known prehistoric open-cast iron mines in the world. Raksha also has a chance to help out with daubing a replica Neolithic home, tries on Bronze Age clothes and feasts on Iron Age food.

Presented by Raksha Dave, field archaeologist on Channel 4\'s Time Team, with a wealth of knowledge about the world before history was documented in Britain, the films are specifically aimed at children of Key Stage 2 age for BBC Learning Zone.

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This clip could be used to explore Stone Age technology – what tools did they use and how were they made? By realising how skilled flint workers were, pupils can be made to appreciate the competence of people at the time and how well-adapted they were to their environment.

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