2018 September - Archaeology for the People: Exhibition, Experience and Performance, Kernave, Lithuania

Co-organised by
IMTAL Europe

Photo Copyright: Jonas Vitkūnas

The conference “Archaeology for the People” addresses all those professionally interested people in public archaeology, (open-air) museums, living history and interpretation. While archaeologists discover ever more sites and gain insight in the past, the challenge is to convey these stories accurately to the public in an appealing way. There are many formats on how to tell the stories, archaeology teaches us. Over 300 archaeological open-air museums show one way, a multitude of live interpretation professionals are active every day, and many people demonstrate archaeological known techniques like flint knapping in museums, public libraries and many other sites. We invite all these people to Lithuania for the conference 'Archaeology for the People'.

The conference takes place September 13-15, 2018 and is organised by EXARC together with the Administration of the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė in Lithuania (Kernavė Archaeological Site). Venue will be the Administration of the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė, Kerniaus 4a, LT-19172 Kernavė, Širvintų distr., Lithuania. This site is very close to Vilnius which is well reachable through its international airport.
Second co-organisor is IMTAL Europe, a network for Live Historic Costumed Interpretation (http://www.imtal-europe.org). 

Costs for the conference including one day excursion are 95 EUR for EXARC Members and 105 EUR for non-members. Registration closes July 31. 
We offer an option for partners etc from conference delegates for 30 EUR per person which includes all meals and social events as well as a taxi to Vilnius and back on Friday. 

Note: Also those presenting a paper or poster will need to register.



Draft May 6, 2018

Day 1 - Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:00-13.00 arrival, accommodation, registration
11:00-12.30 Annual General Meeting IMTAL-Europe
12:30-13:30 lunch
13:30-15:30 Session 1
13:30 Welcome
13:55 Paper: What is the past you feel comfortable with? Open-Air Museums and their role in modern society
Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC (NL)
14:20 Paper: Experience and Discovery: engaging the Public in Research
Lara Comis, UCD Dublin (IE)
14:45 Keynote
Colonial Williamsburg and its Relation with Archaeology
Peter Inker, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (US)
15:30-15:45 coffee/tea
15:45-17:30 Session 2
15:45 Paper: Interpreting the Archaeological Site of Kernavė: Presenting the Heritage through Experimental and Living Archaeology
Andrius Janionis, The State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė (LT)
16:05 Paper: Unconventional Education – Archaeology for little people
Daiva Luchtanienė & Austėja Luchtanaitė (presenting author), Association of Experimental Archaeology “Pajauta” (LT)
16:30 Paper: Is Pedagogy of Archaeology in Some Way a Kind of Political Education?
Jean-Loup Ringot (DE)
16:55 Paper: “Vacation in the Past” - Effective Heritage Interpretation through Education
Réka Vasszi, Csiki Pihenőkert (HU)
17:20 Discussion
18:00 Visiting the Exhibition of Kernavė Archaeological Site Museum
20:00 Welcome Dinner (sponsored by the Administration of the Reserve)
Night Kernavė


Day 2 - Friday, September 14, 2018

08:55-10:45 Session 3 - Experimental Archaeology
8:55 Poster: Ancient pottery kiln – construction – building – firing
Katarzyna Badowska & Wojciech Rutkowski, Institute of Archaeology of the University of Łódz (PL)
9:05 Paper: Education, Engagement and Experimental Archaeology: Outreach in University College Dublin
Niamh Kelly, UCD Dublin (IE)
9:30 Paper: Recreating textiles with tablet-woven borders
Virginija Rimkute, Vilnius University (LT)
9:55 Paper: Designing a museum permanent archaeological exhibition for the public
Andreja Breznik, National museum of Slovenia
10:20 Paper: Popularization of experimental archaeology in the activity of “Harjis”- project under the patronage of the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Łódz (PL)
Katarzyna Badowska & Wojciech Rutkowski, Institute of Archaeology of the University of Łódz (PL)
10:45-11:00 coffee/tea
11:00-13:30 Session 4
11:00 Paper: Engaging diverse audiences at the archaeological open-air museum Düppel in Berlin – practical examples and new strategies
Julia Heeb, Museumsdorf Düppel (DE)
11:25 Paper: Making a medieval town come alive – the use of volunteers in living history.
Thit Birk Petersen & Pia Bach, Middelaldercentret (DK)
11:50 Paper: A Sketch of the Historical Park in Bulgaria
Roman Georgiev, Treasure (BG)
12:15 Paper: Lombards in the New Millennium: the living history project Presenze Longobarde
Yuri Godino, Luca Bartoni, Mattia Sbrancia & Valeria Cobianchi, Presenze Longobarde (IT)
12:40 Paper: Low threshold = low quality? Getting very young and / or educationally alienated people in touch with medieval life at Geschichtserlebnisraum Roter Hahn (Lübeck, DE)
Frank Kock, Lübeck (DE)
13:05 Paper: 35 years of preHistorisch Dorp: the development of an open-air museum
Yvonne Lammers & Ward Rennen, preHistorisch Dorp (NL)
13:30-14:30 lunch
14:30-15:30 Session 5 - IMTAL Europe
  Paper: An Introduction to IMTAL-Europe and Live Interpretation as a Method
Angela Pfenninger, IMTAL Europe Chair (DE) & Éva Birkas (HU)
  Paper: An example of Nautical Heritage Education to the Wide Public – the Half Moon 1609 Replica
Annemarie Pothaar, De Halve Maen, EXARC Board, IMTAL-Europe Board (NL) 
15:30-15:45 coffee/tea
15:45-18:00 Session 6 - IMTAL Europe
  Introduction to the workshops
  Workshop: Enjoy Spellbinding Them: Choosing, Arranging, and Sharing Medieval Comic Tales at Historic Sites
Ingo Glückler, IMTAL-Europe Board (AT)
  Workshop: How to tell a story!
Jerker Fahlström, IMTAL-Europe Board (SE)
18:30 Visiting the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė and the Open-Air Museum, followed by Dinner & Social Event
Night Kernavė


Day 3 - Saturday, September 15, 2018

Excursion: Historical Capitals of Lithuania
In the legendary part of Lithuanian chronicles, Kernavė is indicated as the first capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Trakai is acknowledged as the second capital of the Duchy. Vilnius was first mentioned in the written sources in 1323 as the Lithuanian capital.

9:30 /10:00  Leaving Kernavė to Trakai (ca.37 km)
10:00 / 10:30 Arrival to Trakai, visiting Trakai Island Castle (Trakai Historical Museum). Trakai Island Castle is located on an island in Lake Galvė. The construction of the stone castle started at the end of the 14th century, accomplished around 1409. After the World War II, a major reconstruction project was initiated in 1946; active work started in 1951-1952. The major portion of the reconstruction (in 15th century style) was finished in 1961. A year later, the Island Castle was conveyed to Trakai History Museum. Trakai was an important political and administrative centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania since the 14th century. A notable feature of Trakai was its multi-ethnicity: historically Karaims, Tatars, Lithuanians, Russians, Jews and Poles lived here. More information: http://www.trakaimuziejus.lt/island-castle
  Lunch at Trakai
14:00 / 14:30 Leaving to Vilnius (ca. 40 km)
15:00 / 15:30 Arrival to the National Museum Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. The Grand Dukes have resided in the Lower Castle of Vilnius since the 15th century. The Imperial Russian administration ordered the destruction of the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania in 1799–1801. The reconstruction of the Palace became one of the most important projects of Lithuania’s Millennium Program, making the reconstructed historical residence a symbol of Lithuania’s statehood. The National Museum Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania opened here in 2013. More information: http://www.valdovurumai.lt/en
17:30 / 18:00 the bus drops us off at hotel Courtyard by Marriott Vilnius City Center (Rinktines str. 3 in Vilnius) followed by a dinner at own expense.