Archaeological Open-Air Museum

Open-Air Museum de Locht (NL)

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The open-air museum “de Locht” is an agricultural open-air museum, focusing on the life of farmers on the North-Limburg sandy soils. This includes the growing of asparagus and mushrooms. They collect, archive and present, also in person, about older ways of life, traditions, crafts and folk culture, looking back at the past, but also with a view on the future of North Limburg.

Archaeological research in 2009 led to the discovery of a farm on the grounds of the open-air museum, dating to about 1320 AD. It was decided to reconstruct this farm on site by placing new posts in the exact old postholes. Volunteers then constructed a fully furnished farm.

StaPark (RS)

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The Neolithic archaeological open-air museum StaPark has been built in the village of Stapary and very vicinity of the archaeological localities Velika Gradina and Mala Gradina where the Neolithic man’s natural environment has been recognized and mainly researched.

A settlement of 1.500 square meters, consisting of four wattle and daub houses and one half pit-house, is built and furnished in accordance with lifestyle of Neolithic man. Exhibitions dedicated to the clothes producing, leather processing, tools crafting, processing the ceramics and weapons and preparing food of a Neolithic man are the museum’s permanent exhibition.

Questions from the Ancient Technology Centre

EXARC's member the Ancient Technology Centre (ATC) needs help to decide how to improve.

Dorset Council is developing a grant application for improvements at the Ancient Technology Centre to enhance the experience, increase our activities and make it accessible to more visitors. The ATC envisages having more parking, a new visitor centre and improved facilities, including updating our reconstructed 'ancient' buildings.

The Story of your Site: Archaeological Site Museums and Archaeological Open-Air Museums

Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
Archaeological site museums may not be that well defined worldwide, yet, they are found almost everywhere. Archaeological sites with reconstructed buildings based on archaeology however seem to be a younger phenomenon and are mainly concentrated in Europe, Japan and North America. Both types of museums however have old roots. Important is not so much the site per se, but the message...

La Hougue Bie Museum (UK)

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With a name that’s derived from the Old Norse of the Vikings – haugr meaning a mound and byr - that’s bound up with a medieval legend of a dragon and a knight, it’s no surprise that La Hougue Bie is a magical and surprising place creating a truly memorable experience, home to one of the ten oldest buildings in the world.

The Legend

According to a folk tale, the mound of La Hougue Bie takes its name from the Lordship of Hambye in nearby Normandy. While the legend tells the story of a dragon and the knight who killed it, others interpret it as a tale of the Christianisation of the old pagan site, with the dragon representing the old beliefs and the knight the new religion of Christianity.

Documentation Strategies at Butser Ancient Farm

Trevor Creighton (UK)
Butser Ancient Farm has been at the forefront of experimental archaeology in Britain1. for more than 45 years. The pioneering work of its first director Dr Peter Reynolds in the evaluation of Iron Age structures and agriculture demonstrated beyond doubt the importance of experiment in archaeology in the UK and international experimental archaeology work...

Wanted: Volunteers for online Roundhouse Project

Anyone looking for something to do while we are all at home?? Look no further...

Kate, a student from the University of Exeter, looking for volunteers to participate in her online archaeology activity for her dissertation! It involves two online surveys and a PowerPoint roundhouse activity, all of which should take about an hour. Your answers are anonymous.

Please message if you are interested. Kate would love as many volunteers as possible to try to get some good data! And please feel free to share with others who may be willing to be involved!

Arkéos - Musée et Parc Archéologique (FR)

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This museum was created by the Douaisis Community in order to promote the archaeological discoveries of the area, due to excavations that lasted almost 40 years. With its two axes, the museum and the park, Arkéos aims at offering an interpretation of the history of a territory and of those who shaped it.

The archaeological park, spread in 75.000 m2, is accessible to the public through a passage connecting it to the museum. The Park is devoted to the Medieval times (11th century), and consists of a number of reconstructions of medieval buildings and natural spaces relevant to the historical context. The buildings are reconstructed based on the traces and the remains found during the excavations. A special attention is drawn to the year 1000, which is unique for the region.

Château de Foix (FR)

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The Château de Foix is a castle which dominates the town of Foix in the French department of Ariège. An important touristic site for the area, it was listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture in 1840. Built in the style of 7th-century fortification, the castle is known since 987. It has a long and passionate history, due to its important military role, that spanned the Middle Ages and reached the 19th century; its history is reflected on the three towers, constructed at different times, by different governors.

Since 2019, after two years of renovation, a new museum was created, holding an extended exhibition of the history of the Castle and its governors. The three towers of the Castle are also open to the public, and host an exhibition of artefacts linked to the usage of the different spaces. At the foot of the Castle, a number of activities are available to the visitors. The interpreters are dressed in a medieval style and welcome the public to observe and participate in different activities and immerse into the Middle Ages.

Les Fermes du Moyen Age (FR)

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More than just an eco-museum, this village is a living memory of the past. Stemming from his passion of the rural life of the Middle Ages, Pierre Gire had the idea of reconstructing a farming village of the end of the 15th century.

Located in 12 hectares of exceptional countryside with views of the Auvergne Volcanoes, this eco-museum comprises a Hamlet of Farms, a Mill, a Church and gardens in a rural setting typical of its time. After 25 years of historical, archaeological and ethnographic research, Pierre Gire started to lay the foundation of the farming village in 2005. Pierre and his father built the first two farms in 15 months, and the Village opened up to the public in July 2006.