Online Forum: Department of Archaeology Sheffield - EXARC

Online forum marking the Department of Archaeology and Sheffield Archaeomaterials joining the EXARC global network
Wednesday, 30th June 2021
Start 10am BST/UTC +1

Experimental archaeology has grown at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Archaeology for over 20 years to become an integral part of the community’s research strategy and key methodological tool. Now, in becoming a higher education institution member of the EXARC global network, the Department and its dedicated archaeological materials, material culture, and experimental archaeology research group Sheffield Archaeomaterials look to explore how such a collaboration can shape the future of experimental archaeology and meaningfully further the position of archaeology in both research spheres and contemporary society, and at a local and international level.

This online session then marks Sheffield joining the EXARC network and offers each party to find out more about the activities of one another. Opening with introductions to projects, programs, opportunities, and collaborative research relationships, the forum will then address a discussion on what the future of experimental archaeology holds and particularly discuss ways to further contextualise experimental data within existing and evolving archaeological interpretations, and throughout the EXARC network. Finally, the session will conclude with an opportunity to network and ask questions in a relaxed format on current research and opportunities for closer working ties.


  • Introduction to the Department of Archaeology and Sheffield Archaeomaterials
  • Experimental archaeology at Sheffield: over 20 years in the making    
  • Roundtable discussion: Contextualising experimental data and the future of experimental archaeology
  • Q and A and networking   
  • Summary and next stages

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