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 are 95 EUR for EXARC Members (three days) and 105 EUR for non-members. 

2nd Call for Papers

The conference Archaeology for the People seeks best ways and practices for conveying values of archaeological heritage for the public. The participants are invited to present and discuss issues of investigation, contextualisation, presentation and interpretation of archaeological and experimental archaeological heritage both in theoretical and practical contexts, present their current experience and insights for the future.

Please send your abstract for a presentation or poster before March 1 to: r.p.paardekooper@exarc.net. Abstracts should be 100-200 words. Please indicate clearly if the abstract is for a poster or a paper and include author names, author affiliation and an email address for the corresponding author.
Note: Also those presenting a paper or poster will need to register.



Draft February 15, 2018

Day 1 - Thursday, September 13, 2018

09.00-13.00 arrival, accommodation, registration
12:00-14:00 lunch
14:00-15:00 Session 1
Colonial Williamsburg and its Relation with Archaeology
Peter Inker, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (US)
15:00-15:15 coffee/tea
15:15-17:00 Session 2
  Interpreting the Archaeological Site of Kernavė: Presenting the Heritage through Experimental and Living Archaeology
Andrius Janionis, The State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė (LT)
  Unconventional Education – Archaeology for little people
Daiva Luchtanienė & Austėja Luchtanaitė (presenting author), Association of Experimental Archaeology “Pajauta” (LT)
  Is Pedagogy of Archaeology in Some Way a Kind of Political Education?
Jean-Loup Ringot (DE)
  Lombards in the New Millennium: the living history project Presenze Longobarde Yuri Godino, Luca Bartoni, Mattia Sbrancia & Valeria Cobianchi, Presenze Longobarde (IT)
17:00-18:00 Visiting the Exhibition of Kernavė Archaeological Site Museum
19:00 Welcome Dinner (sponsored by the Administration of the Reserve)
Night Kernavė


Day 2 - Friday, September 14, 2018

09:00-10:30 Session 3
  Recreating textiles with tablet-woven borders
Virginija Rimkute, Vilnius University (LT)
  Paper TBA
  Paper TBA
10:30-10:45 coffee/tea
10:45-12:00 Session 4
  A Sketch of the Historical Park in Bulgaria
Roman Georgiev, Treasure (BG)
  Paper TBA
  Paper TBA
12:00-13:00 lunch
13:00-15:00 Session 5 - IMTAL Europe
  Getting to know IMTAL
  From Source to Performance
  An example of Nautical Heritage Education to the Wide Public – the Half Moon 1609 Replica
Annemarie Pothaar, Halve Maen (NL)
14:30-14:45 coffee/tea
14:45-16:00 Session 6 - IMTAL Europe
  Educational theory insights
  IMTAL Workshop
17:00-18:30 Visiting the State Cultural Reserve of Kernavė and the Open-Air Museum
19:00 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.