Mixed Matters

Review: Biannual Conference of the Association of European Open Air Museums (AEOM), Poland, August 2019

Peter A. Inker (US)
This year’s Association of European Open Air Museums (AEOM) Biannual Conference 2019 took place at multiple sites in Poland, over four days in late August. Its two key themes were ‘How Open Air Museums represent different cultural identities’, and ‘Representing the past - technical solutions for reconstruction and archaeological interpretation’. I was invited to participate in order to...

Book Review: Pfeil und Bogen in der Römischen Kaiserzeit, by Holger Riesch

Antje Wilton (DE)
This book closes a gap both in the documentation of the history of the Roman army as well as the history of archery in that it provides a very comprehensive overview on the use of bow and arrow in the Roman Empire. It collects and systematically discusses a wealth of information on a range of topics related to Roman archery in the imperial period and extends that discussion to previous and following periods...

Book Review: Viking Age Brew, by Mika Laitinen

Merryn Dineley (UK)
What did ale and beer taste like in the past? How was it made? What sort of equipment did they use and what were the ingredients? The answers to all of these questions, and more, can be found in this book. Archaeologists, experimental archaeologists, brewing historians and anyone interested in ancient technologies will find this book invaluable as an easily accessible study and explanation of ...

Conference Review: Fibres in Early Textiles, Glasgow 2019

Alistair Dickey (UK)
The 16th conference of the Early Textiles Study Group was held at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, from 6th to 7th June, 2019. The theme for the biennial conference, Fibres in Early Textiles from Prehistory to AD 1600, was attended by almost sixty enthusiastic participants, and there was a strong international feel to the gathering. Attendees came from a diverse range of backgrounds...

Conference Review: Summa Summarum - Experimental Archaeology in the Balkans

Ivan Semyan (RU) and
Spyros Bakas (GR)
From May 30 to June 1, the 42nd conference of the Serbian Archeological Society was held in Negotin (Serbia). The session "Summa summarum - experimental archaeology in the Balkans" was co-organised with EXARC. About 130 experts from Germany, the USA, Poland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Russia and other countries took part in the event...

Shooting Experiments with Early Medieval Arrowheads

Holger Riesch (DE)
In the Merovingian era (5th-8th century AD) a lot of variously shaped iron arrowheads were used by the Franks, Alemannians and Bavarians, who dwelled in the region known today as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As archaeological artefacts, two-winged arrowheads with rhombic, willow-leaf or triangular blades represent a standard Germanic type. Iron bodkin and needle-shaped tips are also...