The Archäologisches Landesmuseum in Brandenburg hosted the annual Archäotechnika living history event, during the weekend of 11 to the 13 August 2018.
Every year the festival features a different period of local history; in 2018 the focus was on the Bronze Age. Participants were attired in clothing appropriate to the period and worked in a variety of crafts including metalwork, stone tool production, textiles, salt production, fishnets and traps, textiles and dying, and demonstrations in horsemanship. The day’s events started with a procession and the blowing of the lur, a large bronze horn. One of the special events was a Bronze Age fashion show that included a reproduction of the clothing worn by the Egtved Girl, and other outfits based on excavated fabrics and ornaments.
The museum also hosted a number of archaeological demonstrations and exhibits, such as bone identification; how weaving and cloth technology is identified and reproduced through experimental archaeology; and, how reproductions of different types of bronze horns were recreated from examining original examples.
The festival provided an ideal environment for participants to practice their crafts and to demonstrate how they are done in a ‘living history’ environment. Visitors had the opportunity to observe and also have a go at trying a craft or handling archaeological artefacts. They gained a greater understanding for how craftwork was practiced in the past and an appreciation for how people lived in the Bronze Age. For more information about this and future events, visit the Archäotechnika web page.
The Archäologisches Landesmuseum is located near the center of Brandenburg and is housed in a former church building that includes a cloister. It contains over 10,000 objects that span 130,000 years of cultural history. In addition to visitor tours, the museum also offers workshops, musical events, and “archaeological digs” to educate children on how archaeology is done. For more information regarding this and future events, visit the Archäotechnika web page.