EXARC Journal 2022/4 published

The 2022/4 EXARC Journal was published at the beginning of December, providing five reviewed and five mixed matters articles.

As usual the articles vary widely. From the process of designing and running a new course on Experimental Archaeology and Experiential History at a small liberal arts college in central Minnesota, through working with gems and research of Early British glass beads to a study of Early Mesoamerican textile production and ancient Egyptian metalworking.

All the articles are open access to allow for a free exchange of information and further development of our knowledge of the past.

Podcast: Here comes the SUN

In this very special edition of #FinallyFriday, we chatted with two of the main instigators of the new Support Ukraine Network (SUN). The aim of this network is to provide support for open-air museums as well as individual experimental archaeologists and traditional craft practitioners, many of whom are currently struggling to access resources or profit from research networks due to the ongoing war. EXARC have teamed up with Ukraine based ancient craft expert and EXARC member Yarema Ivantsiv, and the YEAR Centre (York Experimental Archaeological Research, UK), directed by Dr Aimee Little.

Help the Middelaldercentret!

The Middelaldercentret in Denmark is known for its trebuchets, a type of medieval casting machine.

Sadly in 2021 the small one died, after 30 years of use, and the big one is also an elderly lady who will not last much longer.

Our colleagues in Denmark contacted us:

We are going to build a new trebuchet in 2023, and you are invited to help spreading the word.

... Building a trebuchet is not easy and it is expensive.

We will do it the medieval way, and involve the local community, the local schools and teach people about medieval crafts. But we also want to involve a much wider community: our fellow nerds, re-enactors, history lovers and craftspeople around the world!