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The Stone Mason's Mallet by Ben Allen

Ben Allen, a student at the Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA), has produced a film as part of the BBC's A History of the World project.

Ben, along with other second year students on NUCA's BA animation course, focused on objects from around the world which they feel have contributed to our culture, heritage and development.

His selection, the stone mason's mallet, is an object that has both historical and personal connections for Ben.

"It's a tool that's been used throughout history to create sculptures and very important buildings," said Ben.

"But it's also a tool that, even with today's technology, is still used. The world might have changed, but the tools are still the same. My father is a stone mason and the mallet he uses is older than him."

The NUCA students, supported by BBC Norfolk, had four weeks take their film from concept to completion, with the final work assessed as part of their BA degree in animation.

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