Skills training workshop in Latvia

September 25th - 29th, 2008
With almost 100 participants, the liveARCH meetings are changing character, for the better. The 5th liveARCH Meeting (LV ’08) was a true combination of craftspeople and museum people. With presentations both in the lecture room and outdoors in the open-air, a great combination of knowledge learned by heart and knowledge gained by experience was demonstrated. Visits to the Latvian National History Museum and the Latvian Open-Air Museum completed the experience. Critical remarks were placed about the use of crafts in archaeological open-air museums, about responsibilities and aspects like publication and hard core experiment versus education Also the do’s and don’ts of house (re)constructions were critically assessed. This included the problems with the too many functions of these houses, the position of visitors, being superficial or going in depth and the such.