experimental archaeology

Obituary: Anne Reichert (10 June 1935 - 8 May 2022)

Author(s)
Sabine Karg
Johanna Banck-Burgess
Renate Ebersbach
Wolfram Schier
Helmut Schlichtherle
Publication Date
Shortly before her 87th birthday Anne Reichert, well known for her archaeological reconstructions throughout Europe, died at her home in Southern Germany. From the 1980s onwards she started her career as a freelance and self-taught experimental archaeologist...

Event Review: 40 years of cooperation between the University of Vienna and MAMUZ

Author(s)
Franz Pieler
Publication Date
The University of Vienna “Practice of Experimental Archaeology” course took place from June 30th to July 3rd at MAMUZ Schloss Asparn/Zaya. Under the guidance of their tutors, numerous students worked on the implementation of theoretical experiments that they had previously prepared and designed...

Conference Review: Experimental archaeology: how does it work? by EAS, 28-28 April, 2022 in Solothurn (CH)

Author(s)
Alex R. Furger
Claus Detrekoy
Publication Date
With public involvement and accompanied by great media interest, the first Swiss National Congress on Experimental Archaeology took place in Solothurn. For two days, more than 120 participants took part in professional exchange and the interdisciplinary assessment of the state of the art. The general consensus was recognition that experimental archaeology is an important sub-discipline of archaeology and ...

Book Review: Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa, Jahrbuch 2021

Author(s)
Stefanie Ulrich
Publication Date
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)...

Different Types of Needles for Specific Uses? Experimental Reproductions of some Finds from Aradetis Orgora, Georgia

Author(s)
Sara Maria Stellacci
Publication Date
This research aimed to evaluate some new hypotheses about the production and use of a class of pointed tools from the Bronze Age layers of Aradetis Orgora (Georgia), which have been traditionally considered as pins. Its main goal was to provide an alternative interpretation of their function, namely as tools used in basketry. The study was divided into two experimental steps...

Book Review: Exhibition Catalogue on Experimental Archaeology by Mamuz

Author(s)
Roeland Paardekooper
Publication Date
The Mamuz Schloss Asparn/Zaya, Austria, is best known for its archaeological open-air site with reconstructed buildings and an active experimental archaeology program. In 2021, MAMUZ designed a traveling exhibition on experimental archaeology, in collaboration with EXARC, who assisted with the provision of experimental archaeologists. Therefore, many of the authors of the exhibition are EXARC members or had previously presented at EXARC conferences...

Event Review: Experimental Archaeology in Denmark 2021

Author(s)
Jannie Marie Christensen
Publication Date

The meeting for Experimental Archaeology in Denmark (EAD) 2021 (Eksperimentel Arkæologi i Danmark) was held between the 5th and 7th of November 2021 at the Medieval Centre at Lolland in Denmark. The Medieval Centre focusses on living history in their museum with houses, staff, and volunteers recreating the environment of the time around the year 1395...

Shedding New Light on the Pure Copper Metallurgy of the Chalcolithic Southern Levant Through an Archaeological Experiment

Author(s)
Thomas Rose
Peter Fabian
Yuval Goren
Publication Date
Two metallurgical traditions coexisted in the Chalcolithic Southern Levant: the lost wax casting of polymetallic alloys and the pure copper technology. Details of their operational sequences are still unknown. To date, no production sites of lost wax casting technology have been found. Only the main steps of the pure copper technology can be reconstructed from the archaeological record...

Approaches to Experimental Pit House Reconstructions in the Japanese Central Highlands: Architectural History, Community Archaeology and Ethnology

Author(s)
John Ertl
Yasuyuki Yoshida
Publication Date
#EAC12 World Tour 2021
***In Japan, over 1,000 prehistoric house reconstructions have been built at 360 different locations since 1949. Pit houses from Neolithic Jomon Period (14,000–300BC) are the most common but they are mostly based on archaeological remains limited to pits and postholes. Therefore, decisions on material and structure come...

Keynote Closing Address for EAC12: The Worldwide State of Experimental Archaeology and the Agenda for the Future

Author(s)
Linda Hurcombe
Peter Inker
Publication Date
EAC Conferences
***Linda Hurcombe and Peter Inker gave the closing talk at EAC12 amazing conference. They did it in the same way as at the conference: Peter was online in the United States and Linda was online in the United Kingdom. The conversations between the two of them have been running throughout the live conference...