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Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa - Bilanz 2011

Sina Klausnitz (DE)
Bilanz 2011 once again supplies an exciting, diverse and interesting view into the world of experimental archaeology. Published by EXAR in cooperation with the Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg 2011, 270 pp, ISBN 978-3-89995-794-5

How is wood tar made (NO)?

Tar is made by placing pine roots in a conical hole in the ground, lined with birch bark. They are then covered by turf, and set on fire. The turf keeps the oxygen out, so the wood doesn’t go up in flames. The sap is boiled out of the roots and runs to the bottom of the hole, where it can be collected as tar.

Conference: EXAR in Berlin, October 8-10, 2010

Stefanie Osimitz,
Kathrin Schäppi (CH)

This year’s EXARC Conference took place at the Freie Universität in Berlin and was themed Experimental Archaeology and University...

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