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Event Review: NEMO Training Course 'Re-thinking Museum Practice for 21st Century Visitors' by Lisa Baxter from The Experience Business

Thit Birk Petersen
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Being an academic who loves her job, I tend to forget why I do what I do. When I find myself going down a rabbit hole of fun medieval research and get the urge to create new interpretative materials, guided tours or events (or even get lost in administrative work), I forget to focus on the guest – what they want and what they need. My main focus is getting as much history and love for history into the guests’ minds...

Discussion: Inclusivity in historical interpretation: Who has access and who is erased?

Andrea Mariani
Sverre Christoffer Guldberg
Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout
Vera Bos
Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez
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The discussion of ‘authenticity’ in living history has been one of the main themes since the conception of contemporary historical interpretation. Our quest for authenticity should, in my opinion start with a thoughtful discussion: What goal do we want to reach through living history?...

Book Review: A Handbook for Women’s clothing, Northern Europe, 1360-1415 by Ahlqvist and Neijman

Catharina Oksen
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The book presents itself as a manual on women’s clothing in Northern Europe through the years 1360-1415, and is aimed at reenactors. The time frame - 1360-1415 - means that we are in the beginning of the Late Medieval period as defined by English and northern European historians (normally set to 1300-1500). The geographical setting is Northern Europe...

Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, Jahrbuch 2021

Stefanie Ulrich
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Annual Proceedings of the EXAR Tagung
***This volume – like many in the last two years – has been affected by the pandemic and EXAR waived the fee for many of the affected members. As always, the periodical is divided into three parts: Experiment und Versuch (experiment and testing, pp.10-78), Rekonstruierende Archäologie (reconstructive archaeology, pp.80-101)...

Pilot fires: Preliminary Report from Interdisciplinary Actualistic Fire Experiments

Silje Bentsen
Magnus Haaland
Jovana Milic
Turid Hillestad Nel
Ole F. Unhammer
Elizabeth Velliky
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Hearth formation processes are complex. They involve multiple actions, reactions, and activities before, during, and after an active fire and can also impact a wide range of materials and sediments at an archaeological site. Archaeologists approach combustion features and formation processes from multiple analytical perspectives...

Experiments with Lime Mortars containing Charcoal and Ashes

Αntonis Vlavogilakis
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We encountered a number of cases in the published archaeological studies where ashes and charcoal were used as aggregates in ancient lime mixtures. These mixtures were tested in a small number of experiments, and this paper presents the results. Our tests confirmed that charcoal retains moisture and can be used to help mortars retain water. It does not, however...