Mixed Matters

Conference Review: Once upon a Time... in Kernave

Magdalena Zielińska (NL)
And so EXARC met again, this time in Lithuania, in Kernavė – an early medieval capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. This picturesque village was the location for the conference “Archaeology for the People” which EXARC co-organised with the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė and with IMTAL-Europe. The Reserve of Kernavė is an old member of EXARC. IMTAL-Europe is a long-time cooperation partner of EXARC...

Interview: John W Lord

Julia Hamilton (UK)
In the UK, skilled flintknappers are very few, and if you want to learn flintknapping there is no one more respected than John William Lord. John has been teaching, demonstrating and sharing his knowledge for many, many years. Numerous times over the past twelve years, I have had the pleasure of working with John and his late wife Val as they set up camp here at Kilmartin Museum...

How to Run a Reenactment - Introduction to Reenactments and Reenactors, Part 1

Deb Fuller (US)
Reenactments, meaning special events that use outside costumed interpreters, are a great way for sites to engage visitors and host memorable programs that build a following. Planning and executing a reenactment can be a daunting challenge for a site that has never hosted one. Like any special event, you have to make sure you have the staffing, resources, and logistics to handle the event...

Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, Jahrbuch 2018

Stefanie Ulrich (UK)
Annual Proceedings of the EXAR Tagung
***Like the previous issues, this periodical (Jahrbuch) is published by Gunter Schöbel and the European Association for the advancement of archaeology by experiment e. V. (Europäische Vereinigung zur Förderung der Experimentellen Archäologie) in collaboration with the Pfahlbaummuseum Unteruhldingen...

Review: The Second Annual Vounous Terracotta Symposium

E. Giovanna Fregni (IT)
Rauf Ersenal has hiked through the mountains of North Cyprus for years, searching for the rare clays that have been used to make pottery there for millennia. The most prized colours of these clays produce a soft green that is the colour of fresh olives, the bright red of terra sigiliata, and another clay that creates a true black...

Butser Ancient Farm: An Internship Full of Senses

Àngels Fernández Canals (ES)
‘What is experimental archaeology?’ people asked me. ‘But if you work within an experimental place, you won’t be able to put into practise the tools learned in your Masters about cultural heritage and museology’ said some of my classmates. However, for me it was really important to do my internship in a place where the archaeology was paramount; at the same time, I was interested in...

Interview: "Right Time, Right Place" with Jürgen Weiner

Wulf Hein (DE)
Jürgen Weiner - you can’t get away with not knowing this name if you are involved in Experimental Archaeology, even more if it involves flint. Weiner has published numerous works and he is known as a walking encyclopaedia. Along with Marquardt Lund, I met Jürgen and his charming wife in their house near Cologne. Our interview took place on a pleasant June afternoon in the garden...

Workshop Review: TRACamp, A Roman Experimental Archaeology Workshop

Lee Graña (UK)
Experiments have always been an integral part of scientific investigation. Nevertheless, the more complex nature of heritage studies such as archaeology and ancient history -often interdisciplinary by nature- has delayed the development of clear and reliable methodologies for including experiments into broader research objectives. Apprehension towards inclusion of experiments seems to increase when...