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 email@example.com 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.
Pascale Barnes, EXARC Chair, Dr Julia Heeb, Museumsdorf Düppel (DE) & Dr Rüdiger Kelm, ICOM Deutschland, Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen (DE)
|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)
|11:30h||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|
|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)
|16:30h||Annual General Meeting (AGM) of EXARC, all welcome|
|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
|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)
|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)
|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|