Mixed Matters

Kernave Archaeological Site – the Place for Experimental and Living Archaeology

Andrius Janionis (LT)
2018 EXARC in Kernave
***Kernavė is one of the most picturesque places in Lithuania. Five hill-forts surround the wide valley of Pajauta. This place has always been visited by people not only for its sights but also for its aura of the distant past. Ever since people in Lithuania became more interested in history, Kernavė has been a symbol of...

Conference Review: African Conference on Experimental Archaeology 2018 from a Volunteer’s Point of View

Joshua Kumbani (ZA)
The first Experimental Archaeology conference on African soil (ACE 2018) brought people from near and afar. Without knowing it I found myself among the Local Organising Committee of the conference. Each day was a learning curve as I sat in on those meetings and was also assigned to do certain tasks as we were preparing for the conference...

Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, Jahrbuch 2017

Christoph Doppelhofer (UK)
Annual Proceedings of the EXAR Tagung
***This volume of Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa does not only serve as 2017’s year book of the European Association for the advancement of archaeology by experiment (EXAR), but also acts as a Festschrift dedicated to Professor Mamoun Fansa, who celebrated his 70th birthday...

Archaeology Networking Day, Education & Living History in the Netherlands

Marie-France van Oorsouw and
Roeland Paardekooper (NL)
In early March, three EXARC members organized a networking day focusing on archaeology, education and living history. They invited museum colleagues from both indoor and outdoor museums; ship wharfs building reconstructions of old ships, craftspeople, academics and entrepreneurs in these areas. Their motivation came from the knowledge that even in a small country like the Netherlands...

Book Review: Dressing Prehistory (Oblekani Praveku) by K. Urbanová and J. T. Pulpán

Helena Březinová (CZ)
A unique popular education publication called Oblékání pravěku (Dressing prehistory) has appeared on the Czech book market. It is a work by archaeologist Kristýna Urbanová, and Jan T. Půlpán, an experienced experimenter. At first glance the book attracts attention with an unusually large format, well chosen because of the foundation elements of the publication – colour photographs...

Conference Review: 1st African Conference on Experimental Archaeology (ACE), 2018

Justin Bradfield (ZA)
The first African Conference on Experimental Archaeology (ACE) took place at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 20th and 22nd March 2018. The conference, co-organised by EXARC, provided a platform for African-based scholars to showcase their experimental research. Scholars from as far afield as the USA, France and India participated in the conference...

Book Review: Skanseny Archeologiczne i Archeologia Eksperymentalna by Jan Gancarski

Justyna Duda (PL)
The book Skanseny Archeologiczne i Archeologia Eksperymentalna published by the Podkarpackie Muzeum in 2012 brings up the subject of open-air museums, opportunities and disadvantages of the promotion of cultural tourism and experimental archaeology mainly in Poland but also in Slovakia. Articles presented in this book were prepared for two different conferences organised by this museum...

Obituary: Peter Kelterborn (4 July 1928 – 9 March 2017)

Kurt Altorfer (CH)
On 9 March 2017, Peter Kelterborn, Swiss civil engineer and experimental archaeologist closed his eyes for good at the age of 89. He was known to many of his colleagues through his well-researched works on prehistorical flint and rock technology, but also from his methodological scientific experiments in archaeology. Many cherished him as a modest and thoughtful colleague, friend and counsellor...

Beyond School - Workshops in Experimental Archaeology at the Museum (Romania)

Vasile Diaconu (RO)
Experimental archaeology, as an educational means, has become a particularly useful practice in museum institutions in Romania, although there is no tradition in this field. Here, we present activities of the History and Ethnography Museum in Târgu Neamţ, where several experimental archaeology workshops were organised for pupils aged between 9 and 12 years. Participants were introduced to the prehistoric technologies...