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Dr Roeland Paardekooper

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My name is Roeland Paardekooper. I have been working in the field of archaeological reconstructions and open-air museums since 1981. After being involved as a volunteer in the Dutch Youth Association for History and its workgroup for experimental archaeology I studied prehistoric archaeology of Europe at Leiden University (NL).
In 1998 I graduated with a thesis on modern ship reconstructions of the medieval Hanse Association. I worked both with archaeological education and archaeological tourism over the years and got ever more attracted to solutions across Europe for reaching out to the public.
In 2001, this led to my involvement as one of the founders of EXARC, of which I have been Director since. From 1996 to 2007, I was an active board member of the Dutch network on archaeological experiments and education for which I organised several field trips across Europe.
In 2007, I started my own company in consultancy for public archaeology, Archeo Interface.
2006-2009, I was one of the coordinators of liveARCH, a European project focused on the professionalisation of eight archaeological open-air museums, which originate from EXARC.
2011-2012, I was Operational manager of OpenArch.

In 2012, I succesfully completed a part time post graduate project at Exeter (UK) into archaeological open-air museums - bridging between science and the public.

In the years 2013-2016 I was Director / Museumsleiter of the Archäologisches Freilichtmuseum Oerlinghausen (Germany).

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