Meeting of Potters and Archaeologists

Late October, 30 specialists met in Mula, Spain. In three days, these potters, archaeologists and museum professionals learned a lot from each other by literally looking over each other’s shoulders. It was all about Bronze Age pottery from different regions in Europe: Spain, Germany, Hungary and Serbia. EXARC added a broad approach to pottery techniques based on examples from Bronze Age Greece to this.

Following an introduction on the archaeology and pottery techniques we can learn from archaeological analyses, the second day was spent on going from table to table, and letting the potters speak themselves. Where some colleagues had a decade of experience (which is already very impressive) several potters can lean on seven generations of professional experience. The final day was spent on excursions to archaeological sites and to still functioning pottery workshops.

EXARC Journal Digest 2018 Issue 2 coming soon

In the Digest we hope to show off the wide range of topics the Journal covers. After long deliberation, and it has not been easy to choose from so many interesting articles, we chose six reviewed articles covering topics from reconstruction of prehistoric clothing for museum display through building and testing a traction trebuchet to a recreation of Earth ovens with clay heat retainers or mirnyongs, which were typical of the temperate environments of eastern and south-eastern Australia. Another seven articles represent the mixed matters in which we remember the late Peter Kelterborn, introduce Kernavė in Lithuania and learn about archaeology workshops for schools in Romania.

2018 REARC Conference in Colonial Williamsburg

The eighth Conference on Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology (REARC) took place in Colonial Williamsburg in October 2018. In addition to hearing scholarly presentations, the almost 80 attendees could engage with a variety of historic craftspeople as well as experts in prehistoric technologies while touring one of eastern North America’s most important early colonial sites...