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How were Half-Moons on Shells Made in the Upper Palaeolithic? An Experimental Approach

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Annamaria Daniele 1
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In the Upper Palaeolithic levels of the site of Grotta Continenza (Abruzzo, Italy), numerous shells shaped as half-moons have been found. These artifacts, being important examples of ancient ornaments, have been regularly subjects of study, but the production process has only been hypothesised...

“Look at the Bones!” - Adding Bone in a Bloomery Iron Smelt

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Darrell Markewitz 1
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A case study of a practical experimental test. Through 2019, much was made in the popular press suggesting that during the Viking Age, exhumed human bone had been used in the chain of production from iron ore through to finished swords. Contradicting this, considerable experience with small scale direct reduction process bloomery iron smelting furnaces indicated that at least while creating the iron itself...

Testing Roman Glass in the Flame

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Sue Heaser 1
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- The working properties of glass used in Early Medieval England - Glass made during the Romano British period was recycled throughout the Late Roman and Early Medieval periods. Studies have shown that British beadmakers of the fifth and early sixth centuries AD made a large proportion of their beads using Roman period glass (Peake, 2013)...

Book Review: Celtiform Pendants of Pre-Columbian Costa Rica: Production, distribution, and experimental replication by Waka Kuboyama-Haraikawa

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 LeeAnn Culbertson 1
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In her book, Celtiform Pendants of Pre-Columbian Costa Rica: Production, distribution, and experimental replication, Waka Kuboyama-Haraikawa seeks to highlight lapidary technologies in Costa Rica by examining the social application and production of celtiform pendants. Haraikawa is a PhD research fellow for the Center for Northeast Asian Studies...

Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, Jahrbuch 2022

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Stefanie Ulrich 1
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Annual Proceedings of the EXAR Tagung
***The periodical 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 Unterhuldingen...

Conference Review: Celebrating Ten Years of Experimental Archaeology at the Baltic Experimental Archaeology Summer School in Riga, Latvia

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E. Giovanna Fregni 1
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On 7 October 2023 a conference was held at the Faculty of History and Philosophy at the University of Latvia to celebrate ten years of the Baltic Experimental Archaeology Summer School. The school is organised by the society Latvijas Arheoklubs and is located on Lucavsala Island, in Riga, Latvia. A series of papers in both Latvian and English were given about experimental archaeology and its importance...