Examining the Physical Signatures of Pre-Electric Tattooing Tools and Techniques

Aaron Deter-Wolf 1 ✉,
Danny Riday 2,
Maya Sialuk Jacobsen 3
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This paper presents the first experimental archaeological study to formally compare the physical characteristics of tattoos made on human skin using multiple pre-modern tools and tattooing techniques. Our project used eight tools fashioned from animal bone, obsidian, copper, and boar tusk, along with a modern steel needle, to create tattoos on the leg of co-author Danny Riday...

The Experimenter's Body: Movement as an Artifact

Thaisa Martins 1
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This paper  summarises a part of the discussions carried out in the author's MA in Archaeology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. Starting from the question “when the only thing we have is the archaeologist’s body, how can we do archaeology?” We propose to engage with methodologies and theories from the field of Dance to analyse the experimenter’s body in experimental archaeology research...

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North (UK)

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Beamish is a living, working museum that uses its collections to connect with people from all walks of life and tells the story of everyday life in the North East of England. The museum presents everyday life in the 1820s, the early 1900s, the 1940s and the 1950s in both rural and urban landscapes. Beamish also has a fully working tramway and bus service that operates on a daily basis to transport visitors around the museum.

The museums 1820s area includes stories about the development of the railways at the Waggonway, a recreation of the home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Headley, St Helen's Church, moved to the museum from Eston near Middlesbrough and Pockerley Old Hall, the home of a tenant farmer.

In the 1900s Pit Village you can visit a row of Pit Cottages, a Fried Fish Shop, a School, a Weslyan Methodist Chapel from nearby Beamish village, Pit Pony Stables and a Silver Band Hall.

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

Andrea Mariani 1,2,3 ✉,
Sverre Christoffer Guldberg 4,
Sophie Jorgensen-Rideout 5,
Vera Bos ,
Paul Edward Montgomery Ramírez 7
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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?...

Blending the Material and the Digital: A Project at the Intersection of Museum Interpretation, Academic Research, and Experimental Archaeology

Caroline Jeffra 1,
Jill Hilditch 1 ✉,
Jitte Waagen 2,
Tijm Lanjouw 2,
Markus Stoffer 2,
Laurien de Gelder 3,
Myung Ju Kim 1
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The power of digital technologies to communicate archaeological information in a museum context has recently been critically evaluated (Paardekooper, 2019). A recent collaboration between members of the Tracing the Potter’s Wheel project, the 4D Research Lab, and the Allard Pierson Museum and Knowledge Institute illustrates the way that such...

The Story of your Site: Archaeological Site Museums and Archaeological Open-Air Museums

Roeland Paardekooper 1
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Archaeological site museums may not be that well defined worldwide, yet, they are found almost everywhere. Archaeological sites with reconstructed buildings based on archaeology however seem to be a younger phenomenon and are mainly concentrated in Europe, Japan and North America. Both types of museums however have old roots. Important is not so much the site per se, but the message...

Warrior Training in Sagnlandet Lejre – An Exercise in Community, Camaraderie and Cooperation

Jutta Eberhards 1 ✉,
Søren R. Stadsholt 1,
Peter R. Christensen 1
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Sagnlandet Lejre is a Knowledge Pedagogical Activity Centre that explores, disseminates and preserves knowledge and trades on traditional historical and prehistoric crafts and living. Since 1964, as the Historical Archaeological Dissemination and Research Centre, Sagnlandet Leire has been a Historical Workshop that makes abstract knowledge concrete, and makes the complex, simple...

Book Review: The Routledge Handbook of Reenactment Studies by Agnew, Lamb & Tomann (eds)

Roeland Paardekooper 1
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Re-enactment studies are booming, just like re-enactment, living history and role play are. This handbook, therefore, is a good introduction for those interested in the more academic aspects of re-enactment. However, as is often the case with an academic-only approach, this book is not meant for those interested in the backgrounds of re-enactment per se. The authors are academics, writing for their peers...