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The EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection
The EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection is a place for sharing and preserving data and results of experimental archaeology. The collection is supported by EXARC, the ICOM Affiliated Organisation representing archaeological open-air museums, experimental archaeology, ancient technology, and interpretation. EXARC raises the standard of scientific research and public presentation among our membership through collaborative projects, conferences, and publications.
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Collection History
The collection currently consists of citations from the EXARC bibliography, developed by Dr Roeland Paardekooper. The bibliography, begun in 2001, was developed for those interested in experimental archaeology and archaeological education, as well as in archaeological open-air museums. The Institute of Ancient Technology (IAT), Sweden, supported this endeavor and the original bibliography was based on 2,078 entries from Devermann and Fansa 1994 (Bibliographie zur Experimentellen Archäologie. Mamoun Fansa, Hermann Devermann. Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Nordwestdeutschland. Oldenburg: Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde und Vorgeschichte. 1994).
Now, with over 11,000 titles, this bibliography likely represents just the tip of the iceberg in terms of publications related to experimental archaeology, archaeological education, and archaeological open-air museums.
After fifteen years, EXARC has decided to transform the bibliography into a repository. To facilitate this, and to ensure it’s long-term preservation, the bibliography was moved to tDAR (the Digital Archaeological Record) in 2016. EXARC will add more descriptive information and open access files to many of these citations in the following months. EXARC also seeks to work with universities, museums, and researchers to upload their experimental archaeology data, publications, and grey literature into the collection. If you or your institution are interested in contributing materials to the collection, please contact Reeves Eyre at
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