2023 May - 13th Experimental Archaeology Conference #EAC13, Torun, Poland

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Organised by: EXARC & Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (PL)

Integrating the Archaeological Experiment into a Multidisciplinary Science and its Popularisation

Scientific observations conducted by the outstanding Toruń citizen Nicolaus Copernicus led to the breaking of dogmas and solving one of the greatest mysteries in the history of humankind; namely, they answered the question about the actual position of our planet in the solar system. We adhere to this scientific approach in the city of Copernicus also today, seeing our archaeological experiments as an essential and integral part of multi-faceted studies on human prehistory and history. 

By organizing the Experimental Archaeology Conference (#EAC13) in our city, we would like to honor the unique role that experimental archaeology plays in such a modern, scientific and interdisciplinary approach to research to reconstruct life in the past. Therefore, we invite to participate in the conference, particularly those who conduct experiments closely related to archaeological and historical sources and verify their results using modern scientific methods and research tools. We are very curious how the knowledge obtained in this way is applied to archaeological studies and how it functions in the context of other findings, e.g., the results of palaeobiological, physicochemical, or environmental studies. Is it compatible or contradicting them? 

However, we also do not forget, of course, about the fundamental goal of each scientific study, which is to popularize the knowledge gained as a result of it in the broader group of recipients. Therefore, to participate in the conference, we would also invite those who base their educational activities on premises rooted in professional archaeological research or other scientific studies. Such action is, in our opinion, essential, being the only way to build a vision of the past in modern society that corresponds to reality, without simplifications and falsifications, unfortunately often served by the mass culture media.

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This will be a hybrid conference, where we will make possible to participants who can not travel to join the afternoon sessions (morning sessions for US). Although we would like everybody to come over as we did during previous conferences we understand that the situation has changed. And we will try to accommodate as many presentations as we can and make the online sessions open access.

The medieval city of Toruń is on the Vistula River in north-central Poland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located halfway between the Polish capital of Warsaw and the major port city of Gdańsk. Toruń is well-connected with other Polish and European cities.

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Possible Excursions

BiskupinMuzeum Archeologiczne w Biskupinie
In the wetlands, 80 kilometres north-east of Poznań, 1933, a local school teacher, Walentin Szwajcer, discovered traces of a wooden settlement at Biskupin. The year after, the influential archaeologists Kostrzewski and Rajewski started large scale excavations. By the beginning of WWII, 2500 square metres were unearthed... Read more at EXARC website

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MalborkThe Malbork Castle
The Order of the Teutonic Knights of St. Mary's Hospital in Jerusalem, commonly known as the Teutonic Order, was established during the Third Crusade to the Holy Land in 1190. At first, it operated as a brotherhood as hospitallers in Acre, then, after receiving its rule in 1198, the brotherhood transformed in a knightly order. In 1309 Grand Master Siegfried von Feuchtwangen moved his office to Malbork. The castle was promoted to the status of being the capital of one of the most powerful states on ... Read more at Malbork website