Experimental Archaeology: the Past in the Future
It is an exciting moment for Experimental Archaeology. More people are being inspired to undertake experiments in Universities, in interest groups and in personal settings: the archaeological open-air museums which have made the topic their own are now being joined by traditional museums. There are more formal university courses than ever before and the reach of archaeology by experiment is an established part of archaeological work. It includes experiments in the preservation of evidence and taphonomic processes, the effectiveness of public presentation methods, the development of scientific techniques and forensics, as well as the making and performance of all manner of artefacts and structures.
The Three-Day #EAC12 Conference will celebrate two milestones. EXARC is now 20 years old, and, with an active membership in 40 countries worldwide, cooperates with a host of leading international organisations, like ICOM, NEMO, REARC and Colonial Williamsburg. Exeter University (UK) started the first MA in Experimental Archaeology in the world with its first intake in 2000 and the first graduates of the programme 20 years ago.
Now is a good moment to look at where we are and set an agenda for the future. We at EXARC and the Dept. of Archaeology at Exeter University invite you to come to Exeter and celebrate where we are now and map out the future developments. We plan to make this a memorable bringing together of all of the diverse interest groups that contribute to the field.