Experimental archaeology doesn't always happen on land - sometimes it takes to the seas! In this month's episode of Finally Friday, our guest speakers discuss some of the ways that experimental archaeology can be used to explore the theme of maritime cultural heritage.
Dr Tríona Sørensen is an experimental archaeologist currently working as a curator at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. As part of her work at the museum, she is involved in the documentation and research surrounding several reconstruction projects in the museum’s boatyard. She is particularly interested in the multi-disciplinary aspects of experimental archaeology, and developing the collaboration between craft experts and archaeologists throughout all stages of an experimental archaeology project.
Dr John Cooper is a maritime archaeologist and ethnographer working at the university of Exeter. His current research focus is on boatbuilding practices in East Africa, specifically looking at the development of maritime technology and practice of communities from late antiquity to the present day. His principal research interests include vernacular boatbuilding technologies, maritime cultural landscapes, travel and navigation, and maritime heritage, which he examines through archaeological, textual, and ethnographic perspectives.
Join us on Friday 4th June at 17:00 CET on the EXARC Discord server for a fascinating insight into the variation that exists within maritime experimental archaeology, as well as discussions on the impact of skill, the political and environmental implications of boat replication, and the impact of cultural heritage in the modern world. And remember, whether you're conducting ethnographic research in eastern Africa, or replicating Viking Age ships in Denmark, at the end of the day, we're all in the same boat!
Follow this link to enter the server: https://discord.gg/MJTUwc8. Once you click, you are prompted to present yourself in 1, 2 sentences and then one of us will let you in.