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Discussion: Inclusivity in historical interpretation: Who has access and who is erased?

Andrea Mariani
Sverre Christoffer Guldberg
Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout
Vera Bos
Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez
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The discussion of ‘authenticity’ in living history has been one of the main themes since the conception of contemporary historical interpretation. Our quest for authenticity should, in my opinion start with a thoughtful discussion: What goal do we want to reach through living history?...

Discussion: The Concept of Authenticity in Collections of Open-Air Museums

Joerie van Sister
Marc van Hasselt
Thit Birk Petersen
Lara Comis
Maura Stefani
David Freeman
Sverre Christoffer Guldberg
Randi Stoltz
Henrik Zipsane
Léontine Meijer-van Mensch
Martin Schmidt
John Ertl
Thomas Bloch Ravn
Nigel Copsey
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How is it possible that if you go into an arts museum, the ceramics you see may be made yesterday and may be a valued and legitimate part of the museum collection, while in open-air museums, a similar object ...

Discussion: Working with Knives in Archaeological Open-Air Museums

Sally Pointer
Aidan O'Sullivan
Lasse van den Dikkenberg
Roeland Paardekooper
David Freeman
Renate Greiner
Pascale Barnes
Håkan Lindström
Katy Whitaker
Luke Winter
Antonis Vlavogilakis
Bill Schindler
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This is an extract from a lengthy and lively Facebook discussion in the Archaeological Open Air Museums group, started on the 5th of February 2016 by Roeland Paardekooper, at that time in the...

Discussion: Experimental versus Experiential Archaeology

Edwin Deady
Giovanna Fregni
Alexander Stewart
Tine Schenck
Chris Thomas
Kate Verkooijen
Sonja Natus
Merryn Dineley
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This is an extract from a lengthy and lively Facebook discussion in the Experimental Archaeology group, illustrating the main points as it took place between 16 August 2014 and 22 August 2014. The full discussion can be found at: www.facebook.com/groups/experimentalarchaeology

Discussion: Food - Reconstruction and the Public

Thit Birk Petersen
Aidan O’Sullivan
John Majerle
Gary Ball
Edwin Deady
Torsten Neuer
Miika Vanhapiha
Darell Markewitz
Olaf Trollheimsfjord
Vicky Shearman
Del Elson
Daniel Serra
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For a BBC program in 1954, Sir Mortimer Wheeler tasted a reconstruction of the Tollund Man’s last supper, which turned out to be a tasteless mush. This led him to announce: "I believe that the poor chap of Tollund committed suicide because he could stand his...

Discussion: Archaeological Reconstruction in Situ

John H. Jameson
Wulf Hein
Hannah Simons
Heather Hopkins
Paul Bidwell
Hans Trauner
Marquardt Lund
Gary Ball
Martin Müller
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Archaeological reconstruction in situ has been a hot item over the years. Spring 2011, a conference was devoted to this, in Calafell, Catalonia. Is interpreting a site’s past only possible at that site itself? Is a site better off without reconstruction and interpretation because it only damages...