Having gotten the chance to take part in the sculpture workshop, I was taken aback by how things have changed so little over thousands of years. From the tools and techniques used, to the subjects and motivations for our carving in the first place, nothing has really changed.
During our talk, it became apparent that despite machines being able to do the major shaping out of a stone block, it was the human hand, with chisel and mallet in toe, that was still the master of detail. Having a particular interest in the statues and art of the ancient world, I found this workshop incredibly insightful and re-affirming for the study of Classics as a subject. This workshop proved, to me at least, that it is worth studying the ancients because they achieved things thousands of years ago without the aid of modern technology, that we, with the benefit of Google Images, 3D modelling and pneumatic chisels cannot reproduce without the more traditional tools of painstaking effort and years of training.
The workshop gave me a new appreciation of the skill, time and pride that objects such as statues and carvings would have required and brought out in both their craftsman and their commissioner, further highlighting their importance in the ancient world.