Early May, Lauresham Open-Air Laboratory hosted its Days of Experimental Archaeology online. It showed a choice of the work on experimental archaeology done in Lauresham, an early medieval (Carolingian) monastic site in Hessen, Germany. Over 10 presentations were shown on YouTube (prepared by the Lauresham crew), with a live discussion between the speakers and the audience via Discord, powered by EXARC.
The virtual days of experimental archaeology were divided between lectures by an international group of speakers, insight "behind the scenes" of the daily in Lauresham and added to that Virtual Information Stands by cooperation partners of the open-air laboratory.
Themes included the Bronze Age boat reconstruction in Falmouth (UK) (professor Linda Hurcombe), an introduction to the international world of experimental archaeology (Dr Roeland Paardekooper), building a Neolithic type house at Butser Ancient Farm (UK) (Walton & Creighton) paired with many papers about the work in and around Lauresham itself: draft cattle, agriculture, climate inside the reconstructed houses, tablet weaving, the construction of a pit house and finally the Panzerreiter project.
The conference attracted an interested public from Germany as well as (far) beyond, with some people having to start their day very early as they were at the other side of the globe. The audience enjoyed very much the chance to speak at length with the authors, covering many details of the work introduced. EXARC was happy to offer its knowhow and volunteers to manage part of this.
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 - Sunday, May 10, 2020
Organised by: Lorsch Abbey (DE)
The Lauresham Open-Air Laboratory hosts its Days of Experimental Archaeology online this time. This weekend shows a choice of the work on experimental archaeology done in Lauresham, an early medieval (Carolingian) monastic site in Hessen, Germany. The full program of two days consists of video presentations published on YouTube combined with interaction between the audience and speakers on the EXARC Discord Channel, with the possibility to ask questions... Read more