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'Ancient' breeds of domesticated animals at our archaeological open-air museums

Many 'ancient' breeds of domesticated animals are on the brink of extinction. Not only do they have some important characteristics we else would lose, also each of these species has a great story to share. With this in mind, EXARC is making contact with organisations fostering these breeds in their own environment (like for example in Bulgaria and Macedonia). The idea could be, that instead of the more general types of pigs and cattle our archaeological open-air museums show, we could as well, by hosting some of them in our museums in a breeding program, provide an ex situ habitat for these animals with a good story about our and their past. This is not organised simply in one day, but it proves the strength of our network.

Didarchtik meets in Calafell

November 16th - 17th, 2010 Less than two months after we started, Didarchtik already had its first ‘real’ workshop. It was well prepared by the local staff of the Ciutadella Iberica de Calafell – we had two intense days, with 23 people from six countries. Following an introduction at the Museu Casa Barral by the National Agency in Catalonia on European perspective of Adult Learning + Grundtvig programme...

All contracts signed

We spent September and October to update the information which the Agency required, we added a new partner and made a new contract between all partners. The project now has a number: 507458. Today, after 2 months of communication with the agency and with the partners and local authorities, the final stamps and signatures have been placed and we can say “OpenArch is ON”. The official start date of the project is the 1st of January 2011...

A delegation of EXARC in USA

A delegation of EXARC has attended the first conference of RE-ARC in the United States. RE-ARC is an association on reconstructive and experimental archaeology. Many of their Board of Directors have a history with the Society of Primitive Technology, a long standing network founded by among others Errett Callahan...

Didarchtik kicking off on the Dutch-Belgian border

September 21st - 23rd, 2010 It was not so easy to bring all participants of 9 organisations to a seemingly lost farm in the borderlands together. It was well equipped, the weather was good and we had a great “home-cook”. Over a period of two days, under coordination of EXARC the ins and outs of the Grundtvig Learning Partnerships were discussed – and the application was explained in more detail as not all people present had actually been involved in writing it...

Zeitgeist “rocks” for the 1st time, between megaliths

September 14th -17th, 2010 In a productive two-day meeting, representatives of all six partners and of EXARC jointly made a detailed work program how to ‘do what we promised Brussels’. We were happy to have our application accepted, but now it comes down on us ourselves! It was not so hard to look through the application and the rules and see how we effectively could go and meet each other and work on the themes we had planned...

Sudden reply from Brussels

In the heat of the Summer, with many people on Holidays, we checked our email on a French camping site and read the message of the EACEA (the agency in Brussels): “I am writing you to enquire about whether or not you would still be interested in implementing the project you introduced under Strand 1.1 Multiannual cooperation projects of the Culture Programme. Following the liberation of additional funds for Strand 1.1 it would be possible to finance projects from the reserve list, i.e. your project...

Our two Grundtvig Learning Partnerships got accepted

In August, 14 members and EXARC itself all got the news, our two Grundtvig Learning Partnerships got accepted. We are happy to announce, almost all partners of the application 'Zeitgeist' have been accepted by their respective national agencies. Unfortunately, our two Italian members were left out, probably because the number of Italian applicants in general was far more than in any other country. We are sorry to lose a good specialist and an experienced museum in this project, but will try other ways of cooperation with them...

OpenArch - Second Try

In early Summer, we have taken up working on the application again. We have one new partner in the project, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (WLS), taking the place of our Latvian partner, and we have also taken some extra consultants on board. The application is being scrutinized by the partners, consultants, the EXARC Board and the project leaders. For this purpose, we have had two different business meetings in Catalonia and one in Germany...

Europa Nostra Award 2010 for Hunebedcentrum Borger (NL)

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards showcases annually the greatest achievements in maintaining and preserving Europe's shared cultural heritage. In the category "Education, training and awareness-raising", fellow EXARC member, the Hunebedcentrum Borger (NL) was awarded the Europa Nostra Award 2010 for their work "Empathic Archaeology - On Storytelling and Identity"...

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