The #EAC12 conference will celebrate two milestones. EXARC is now 20 years old, and, with an active membership in 40 countries worldwide, cooperates with a host of leading international organisations, like ICOM, NEMO, REARC and Colonial Williamsburg. Exeter University (UK) started the first MA in Experimental Archaeology in the world with its first intake in 2000 and the first graduates of the programme 20 years ago...
Experimental Archaeology Conferences
In 2006, an experimental archaeology workshop was organised at University College London. This was the modest start of an internationally frequented recurring conference on Experimental Archaeology. The conference is a low-budget, low-fees meeting, open to all people interested in experimental archaeology, from academia and from a crafts background, museum people and re-enactors.
Up until the conference in Dublin, the main organiser and host was a university, often with an archaeological open-air museum on the side, part of the excursion day. EXARC has been involved from the very beginning. From 2017 on EXARC is organising the conference. 2012 – 2017, we had a dedicated conference website, administered by Dr Fillery-Travis who also managed much of the social media presence of the conference.
In 2018, the conference pages merged into the EXARC website. Here you will find a simple archive with all conferences and abstracts so far. Also, if a conference review exists, you will find them below. EAC conferences do not only have presentations of posters and papers. Often there is an excursion too as well as several workshops. These are not all mentioned in our online archive.
|City||Year||No||Papers / Posters||Participants||Published||Review|
|London||2006||EAC1||11 / 0||33|
|Exeter||2007||EAC2||12 / 2||78||YES|
|Edinburgh||2008||EAC3||13 / 0||60||YES (PDF)|
|Aberdeen||2009||EAC4||9 / 0||?||YES (PDF)|
|Reading||2011||EAC5||15 / 9||64|
|York||2012||EAC6||12 / 13||44||YES|
|Cardiff||2013||EAC7||19 / 15||100||YES||YES|
|Oxford||2014||EAC8||15 / 8||70||YES|
|Dublin||2015||EAC9||21 / 28||220||YES|
|Leiden||2017||EAC10||31 / 30||128||YES||YES|
|Trento||2019||EAC11||46 / 32||191||YES||YES|
***The 11th Experimental Archaeology Conference was this year held in Trento, Italy, organized by EXARC and the University of Trento. Over 190 participants gathered together hailing from more than 25 countries, and for the first time the conference ran parallel sessions. The conference spanned three days...
***In recent years, experimental archaeology has increased in popularity among academics and students alike due, in no small part, to pioneering universities such as Exeter, University College of London, Leiden and University College of Dublin...
***The ninth Experimental Archaeology Conference was held over 16-18 January 2015 at University College Dublin (Ireland). A large gathering of nearly 200 delegates from more than 25 countries across the EU and the Americas was hosted by UCD School of Archaeology and the Irish National Heritage Park. Twenty papers and 26 posters...
***The conference unofficially began in the Royal Blenheim pub at 6 pm on Thursday evening. Conference staff and attendees filtered in throughout the evening eventually filling the back room. The pub had excellent food and a good variety of local ales. Those who managed to brave the flooding introduced themselves and got to know...
***The 7th Experimental Archaeology Conference was held on 12-13th January 2013. This annual event, first held in 2006. This year it was hosted jointly by the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and St Fagan’s Open-Air Museum. Seventy-five delegates originally booked to attend, but one hundred actually...
*** Established in 2006 with a workshop at UCL London, the Experimental Archaeology Conference is an annual event aiming to bring together experimental practitioners from Europe and afield. Since 2006 it has been held at a variety of locations in England and Scotland...