Making, Multi-Vocality and Experimental Archaeology: The Pallasboy Project

Benjamin Gearey 1 ✉,
Mark Griffiths 2,3,
Brian Mac Domhnaill 4,
Cathy Moore 4,
Orla-Peach Power 5
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This paper outlines The Pallasboy Project, which set out to craft a replica of the eponymous Irish Iron Age wooden vessel. We consider the process and progress of the project, as it developed in a number of slightly unusual directions. The paper includes a description of the experimental work, alongside personal reflections and comments by...

The Mechanics of Splitting Wood and the Design of Neolithic Woodworking Tools

Roland Ennos 1 ✉,
J. A. Ventura Oliveira 1
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Because of the anisotropy of wood, trunks and branches can be vulnerable to splitting along the grain, especially radially. This fact was widely exploited in pre-industrial times, when wood was mostly cut and shaped by splitting it along the grain while still green, rather than by sawing...

Research, Experimentation and Outreach in the Early Neolithic Site of La Draga (Banyoles-Spain)

Antoni Palomo 1 ✉,
Raquel Piqué 2,
Xavier Terradas 3,
Joan Anton Barceló 2,
Juan Antonio Rodríguez 3,
Montserrat Buch 4,
Jürgen Junkmanns 5,
Miriam de Diego 2,
Oriol López 2
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The exceptional preservation of organic material in the early Neolithic site of La Draga (Banyoles, north-east Iberian Peninsula) has allowed lines of research that had rarely been undertaken in the region. The research project carried out at the site of La Draga involves experimental archaeology as a...


1. Hard material of trees used for burning, building, carving, tools and weapons.
2. A large area of trees, woodland

Two Reconstructions of Prehistoric Houses from Torun (Poland)

Grzegorz Osipowicz 1 ✉,
D. Nowak 1,
Justyna Kuriga 1
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In 1998 the Society for Experimental Primeval Archaeology (SEPA) was founded at the Institute of Archaeology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Toruń. Since its beginnings, SEPA members have dedicated a great effort to engaging in numerous scientific experiments with the aim to present human lifestyle in prehistoric times in general...

Skansen Archeologiczny Grodzisko w Sopocie (PL)

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The “settlement at Sopot” as theis museum is called shwos visitors the results of research done by the Archaeological Museum in Gdańsk into the world of the early Medieval Pomeranians.

It explains about the history of settlement in Sopot, living conditions and daily activities of its people, old crafts, weapons and contemporary ways of erecting fortifications and houses.

How is wood tar made (NO)?

Tar is made by placing pine roots in a conical hole in the ground, lined with birch bark. They are then covered by turf, and set on fire. The turf keeps the oxygen out, so the wood doesn’t go up in flames. The sap is boiled out of the roots and runs to the bottom of the hole, where it can be collected as tar.

Are there finds from furniture dating back to the Lake Dwelling Times and how did they look like (DE)?

Yes. We know rests from chairs, beds as well as racks, both from the Stone Age as the following Bronze Age. They were not at all worked as artistically as the furniture from the Mediterranean we know from the same era or from the Near East. They are more the results of sound craftsmanship...