Podcast: Neolithic House & Home

It's the first Friday of the month! And that means it's time to listen in to the latest episode of Finally Friday, which this month focusses on reconstructing houses and daily life in the Late Neolithic. We are joined by two archaeologists from the Putting Life into Late Neolithic Houses project discussing all the methods they’re using to create a picture of the past, from full scale reconstruction to microwear analysis.

Annelou van Gijn is Professor of Archaeological Material Culture and Artefact Studies at Leiden University and the Principal Investigator for Putting Life into Late Neolithic Houses. Diederik Pomstra has over 20 years of experience in experimental archaeology, ancient technology, and public outreach...

EXARC member Giovanna Fregni’s fellowship at Colonial Williamsburg

Dr. Giovanna Fregni's was awareded the Colonial Williamsburg EXARC Fellowship in 2019, however due to the pandemic could only start the fellowship in April this year.

(The fellowship in 2020/2021 was also postponed because of Corona).

Giovanna is an archaeologist and was previously employed as a gem cutter and jewellery designer. Part of her fellowship tasks was to construct a simple lapidary machine to polish and cut gems, using materials and equipment available during the American Colonial period as well as researching "how it would have been done, especially without the use of modern polishing compounds."

NEMO survey on museums and climate change

On Earth Day 22 April 2022, the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) launched a survey to evaluate the status quo of European museums' transition towards sustainability in a time of climate emergency. With a comprehensive overview, NEMO will develop recommendations for policy makers that will help steer the museum and heritage sector towards a green and sustainable future. The survey is open until 3 June 2022.

Our planet is transformating drastically, and the museum sector needs to do their part to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change, lower carbon emissions and transitions to sustainable solutions...