2020 March - Documentation Strategies in (Archaeological) Open-Air Museums, Berlin (DE)

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Free University of Berlin (DE)

There are probably about 3,000 archaeological house reconstructions around the world, most of them in (archaeological) open-air museums. This means we have already a huge amount of information and experience “locked-in” these buildings. The same is true for all other craft activities carried out in open-air museums. A lot of knowledge relating to crafts is known as tacit knowledge, meaning difficult to transfer using words. It is learned through experience. 

Opposed to objects in museum collections, which pinpoint to a specific time and place, in archaeological open-air museums we see the processes behind these, how they were made and used, what role these artefacts played in people’s lives. In the end, our museums are about people and actions. Archaeological open-air museums are a process repository; our museums help preserve the understanding of these, our immaterial cultural heritage. 

This wealth of information could be preserved and used for research and dissemination if documented and made digitally available in a standardised form. Only few archaeological open-air museums have enough qualified staff to carry out standardised documentation. Another factor is that the tacit knowledge locked in many craft specialists can only be really preserved through teaching the next generation. 


Call for Papers

We will explore the multiple challenges during this EXARC conference. We invite papers on examples of documentation practices in other open-air museums both on the (re)construction, up-keep and decay of houses as well as on craft activities.

Please send an abstract of maximum 250 words to info@exarc.net before 11 January, 2020

The conference will take the full days of 26 & 27 March, including afternoon program and dinner on the 27th.
On the 25th March there is an optional excursion to the Stadtmuseum Berlin.



Staff / Volunteers of Museumsdorf Düppel

This includes the conference itself, the conference bag, coffee breaks both days (26-27 March), visit to the Stadtmuseum Berlin AND the Museumsdorf Düppel (including bus transfer to Düppel - when requested, program and dinner). Lunches are at own expense and can be bought at the Mensa, near the conference venue. All delegates need to register, also those giving a paper or poster. Your registration is complete upon paying the registration fee, you will receive the invoice after filling out the registration form. 


Draft: 30 January 2020, times and order TBC

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

about 15:00h Visit to the Stadtmuseum Berlin (optional)
from 18:00h Dinner & get together (own expense) at the Harp Pub, Giesebrechtstraße 15 10629 Berlin www.harp-pub.de


Thursday, 26 March 2020

Location: Freie Universität Berlin in the Holzlaube (“wooden cottage”) on Fabeckstr. 23-25.

8:30h Registration
9:00 Welcome
Pascale Barnes, EXARC Chair, Dr Julia Heeb, Museumsdorf Düppel (DE) & Dr Rüdiger Kelm, ICOM Deutschland, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE)
  Session 1
9:15h Diversity, Authenticity, and Provenance in Prehistoric Reconstruction Practices in Japan
Prof. Dr John Ertl
Keio University, Tokyo (JP)
10:15h Approaches to the Documentation of Houses in Archaeological Open-Air Museums - Results from a Seminar at the FU Berlin in Summer Term 2019
Dr. Enrico Lehnhardt
Freie Universität Berlin (DE)
10:35h Preserving Building Crafts – a Tradition in the ASTRA Museum
Dr. George Tomegea
ASTRA Museum (RO)
11:00h Coffee
  Session 2
11:30h Building in Open-Air Museums: Propositions Towards a Universal Template to Record the Specific Data Inherent to our Activity(ies)
Ulysse Douillon MSc & Nathan Schneider MSc, Randa Ardesca (FR)
11:50h Digital Saryazd: Increasing Tourist Engagement Using Digital Documentation
Kristy-Lee Seaton (UK) & Miglena Raykovska PhD
Gigascan Bulgaria Ltd. (BG)
12:10h Sustaining the Immaterial – Methods and Experiences in Knowledge Transfer of the educational projects in the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen (DE)
Dr. Rüdiger Kelm
Stone Age Park Dithmarschen (DE)
12:30h Towards a Taxonomy of Ancient Technology? Insights into the Application of Conceptual Maps to Documentation Strategies in Archaeological Open-Air Museums
Lara Comis cand. Phd
13:00h Lunch (own expense) at the Mensa
  Session 3
14:00h Analysis of Dumat al-Jandal, Saudi Arabia for UNESCO World Heritage Listing Requirements
Prof. Hisham Mortada, PhD
AIA, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah (SA)
14:20h The Register for Archaeological Experiments: Sharing Unpublished and Published Experiments simply and quickly
Caroline Jeffra PhD
University of Amsterdam (NL)
14:40h Dissemination of contextualized archaeological data through digital interfaces
Dr Peter Inker
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (US)
15:00h Local Action for global Sustainability in Museums
Dr Peter Inker, Dr Luke Winter & Rebecca Thonander
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (US), Historic Concepts Ltd (UK) & NEMO - Network of European Museum Organisations (DE)
16:00h Coffee
16:30h Annual General Meeting (AGM) of EXARC, all welcome
18:00h End
20:00h Dinner, location TBA, at own expense, registration required


Friday, 27 March 2020

Locations: Freie Universität Berlin in the Holzlaube (“wooden cottage”) on Fabeckstr. 23-25 AND Museumsdorf Düppel

8:30h Arrivals
  Session 4
9:00h The realisation of an open-air archaeological itinerary from the musealisation of three medieval cemetery areas of Valcuvia (Northern Italy)
Marta Licata, Omar Larentis, Ilaria Gorini, Rosagemma Ciliberti, Paola Badino, Roberta Fusco & Chiara Tesi
University of Insubria, University of Genoa (IT)
9:20h Keeping up Appearances: The Visual Documentation of Re-Building Roundhouses at Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
Dr Delun Gibby & Liz Moore, Pentref Oes Haearn Castell Henllys / Castell Henllys Iron Age Village (UK)
9:40h Blogging, Bushcraft and Book-keeping
Marc Cox, Newhaven Coppice (UK)
10:00h Introduction to Databases for Museums
Joseph Davis MSc. (IE)
10:45h Coffee
  Session 5
11:30h Reconstructing the Skuldelev Ships: lessons learned while documenting maritime experimental archaeology
Martin Rodevad Dael & Dr Tríona Sørensen, Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde (DK)
11:50h Strategies to Document, Record and Store Key Information
Trevor Creighton, Butser Ancient Farm (UK)
12:10h From Bede’s World Back to Jarrow Hall: a Four Decades Museological Project in North-East England
Marco Romeo Pitone cand. PhD, Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum (UK)
12:30h Final discussion
13:00h Lunch (own expense) at the Mensa
14:00h Visit to the Museumsdorf Düppel (including program & coffee). There will be bus transfer from the Freie Universität Berlin to Museumsdorf Düppel
Evening Dinner and evening program at the Museumsdorf Düppel