Mixed Matters

Conference Workshop Review: TRAC, a Place for an Experiment in Roman Studies 2018

Lee Grana (UK)
The annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) took place from the 11th to the 15th of April 2018 alongside the biannual Roman Archaeology Conference (RAC) at the University of Edinburgh. As the title suggests, the underlying objective of this workshop was to re-examine the role of experimental archaeology in Roman studies...

Session Review: SAA General Session, Experimental Archaeology 2018

Yvette A Marks (UK)
The Society for American Archaeology is, perhaps with the exception of the World Archaeology Congress, the largest meeting of archaeologists in the world. The 2018 annual meeting was held in Washington DC and was attended by approximately 5000 archaeologists. Delegates were primarily from the States, but there was also a good international showing with attendees coming from around the world...

Mission á ICOM Paris: The ICOM June Meetings 2018

Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
The International Council of Museums or ICOM has 41,000 members worldwide, all of which are museum professionals. In a span of six years, ICOM grew from 31,000 to 41,000 members; Europe makes up 84% of members, whilst individual members total to 93%. As a member you are entitled to an ICOM Membership Card, which gives you free entrance to thousands of museums worldwide...

Kernave Archaeological Site – the Place for Experimental and Living Archaeology

Andrius Janionis (LT)
Kernavė is one of the most picturesque places in Lithuania. Five hill-forts surround the wide valley of Pajauta. This place has always been visited by people not only for its sights but also for its aura of the distant past. Ever since people in Lithuania became more interested in history, Kernavė has been a symbol of the grandeur of Lithuania’s past...

Conference Review: African Conference on Experimental Archaeology 2018 from a Volunteer’s Point of View

Joshua Kumbani (ZA)
The first Experimental Archaeology conference on African soil (ACE 2018) brought people from near and afar. Without knowing it I found myself among the Local Organising Committee of the conference. Each day was a learning curve as I sat in on those meetings and was also assigned to do certain tasks as we were preparing for the conference...

Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, Jahrbuch 2017

Christoph Doppelhofer (UK)
Annual Proceedings of the EXAR Tagung
***This volume of Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa does not only serve as 2017’s year book of the European Association for the advancement of archaeology by experiment (EXAR), but also acts as a Festschrift dedicated to Professor Mamoun Fansa, who celebrated his 70th birthday...

Archaeology Networking Day, Education & Living History in the Netherlands

Marie-France van Oorsouw and
Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
In early March, three EXARC members organized a networking day focusing on archaeology, education and living history. They invited museum colleagues from both indoor and outdoor museums; ship wharfs building reconstructions of old ships, craftspeople, academics and entrepreneurs in these areas. Their motivation came from the knowledge that even in a small country like the Netherlands...

Book Review: Dressing Prehistory (Oblekani Praveku) by K. Urbanová and J. T. Pulpán

Helena Březinová (CZ)
A unique popular education publication called Oblékání pravěku (Dressing prehistory) has appeared on the Czech book market. It is a work by archaeologist Kristýna Urbanová, and Jan T. Půlpán, an experienced experimenter. At first glance the book attracts attention with an unusually large format, well chosen because of the foundation elements of the publication – colour photographs...