When carrying out archaeological experiments, creating archaeological replicas, demonstrating old processes or machines, one is often in the awkward position of exposing those involved to possible dangers that would not be acceptable on modern machines or modern processes. There is a clear tension between authenticity and safety.
The Big Question is: how are these risks dealt with, what procedures, systems, processes are in place?
Tobias Dautermann at the Hochschule Kaiserslautern (DE) is doing research in this direction. He aims to provide an overview of the current situation in Germany and beyond, listing best and worst practice examples and providing guidelines with examples for the sustainable implementation of occupational safety in experimental archaeology.
Please help him answer his survey below.