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

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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 1 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: 16 September 2019

Wednesday, 25 March 2019

Afternoon Visit to the Stadtmuseum Berlin (optional)
Evening Dinner & get together (own expense)


Thursday, 26 March 2019

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

Morning Registration
  Session 1
  Retold Stories - how can we keep telling the stories of the generations before us to the public?
Dr Julia Heeb, Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin & Museumsdorf Düppel (DE)
Dr Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC (NL), University of Exeter (UK)
  Session 2
  Sustaining the Immaterial - Methods and Experiences in Knowledge Transfer of the educational projects in the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen, Germany
Dr Rüdiger Kelm, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen, ICOM Germany (DE)
  Strategies to Document, Record and Store Key Information
Trevor Creighton, Butser Ancient Farm (UK)
Afternoon Lunch (own expense)
  Dissemination of contextualized archaeological data through digital interfaces
Dr Peter Inker, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (US)
Evening Dinner (own expense)


Friday, 27 March 2019

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

Morning Session 3
  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)
  Diversity, Authenticity, and Provenance in Prehistoric Reconstruction Practices in Japan
Prof Dr John Ertl, Keio University, Tokyo (JP)
  Session 4
  Reconstructing the Skuldelev Ships: lessons learned while documenting maritime experimental archaeology
Martin Rodevad Dael & Dr Tríona Sørensen, Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde (DK)
  Analysis of Dumat al-Jandal, Saudi Arabia for UNESCO World Heritage Listing Requirements
Prof. Hisham Mortada, PhD, AIA, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah (SA)
Afternoon Lunch (own expense)
  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