People & Stories

Many people have a lasting influence on the field of archaeological open-air museums or experimental archaeology. They often approach the world in a non-conformist way, leading to interesting new ways of looking at the matter. EXARC offers these colleagues the chance to explain in their own words what they think is important, how the world changed and what could be done differently, based on their decades of experience. In some case, however, we unfortunately were too late for an interview and therefore publish an obituary here instead. 

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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...

Obituary: Steve Watts (25 July 1947 - 21 March 2016)

Doug Meyer (US)
I first met Steve in the summer of 1990. I was a student at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) following a summer course in anthropology called Southeastern Indians. The course included several field trips, one of which was to the Schiele Museum where we visited the Catawba Village and listened to a presentation by Steve Watts...

Interview: “I have never Done an Experiment in my Whole Life!” with Mamoun Fansa

Katrin Pres (DE)
For almost 25 years, Mamoun Fansa has been one of the defining personalities within the discipline of experimental archaeology. In 1990, he introduced his exhibition `Experimental Archaeology in Germany’. The exposition continued to circulate all over Germany and Europe for the next 14 years...

Interview: "The Small Things Paint the Big Picture" with Harm Paulsen

Wulf Hein (DE)
I meet Harm Paulsen (70), the best known and longest working experimental archaeologist in Germany, in his apartment in Schleswig. Although the rooms aren't small, it is only possible to move around by holding in your belly and not breathing, as everywhere, standing, hanging or lying around, is evidence of Harm's professional and private life – a clear line between the two is not visible...

Obituary: Mats Geschwind, Founder of Storholmen Viking Village (20 May 1961 - 25 May 2014)

Eva IJsveld (NL)
and Björn Jacobsen (SE)
The Viking Village Storholmen is an archaeological open-air museum, beautifully situated near Lake Erken, ten kilometres north of the coastal town of Norrtälje, Roslagen, Sweden. The Viking Village is situated in an exciting and historically important region that shows traces of substantial connections throughout the Baltic Sea and further east...

Interview: “You’re not Replacing the Museum, you’re Advertising it” with Linda Hurcombe

Gijs Klompmaker (NL)
Linda Hurcombe, senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, visited the Hunebedmuseum in Borger ( NL) as part of a staff exchange for the OpenArch project. She talked about how to twin new tech-nologies, such as 3D-printing, within archaeology and museums...

Interview: Scientific Tools Applied within Archaeology and Historical Re-enactment: Dr Gábor Szollosy on the Implementation of Experimental Archaeology in Hungary

Márta Pócza (HU)
Dr Gábor Szőllősy is an agricultural engineer and councillor museologist at the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, Budapest. His specialist fields at the Museum are: livestock-farming, livestock registry, carriage vehicles, harnesses, fine arts and the numismatics collection. His PhD thesis was published in 1995...