Individual Members

Ishtar Watson

Member of EXARC since
E-mail address
Ishtar [at]
Crafts & Skills

Ishtar is a computer scientist who wishes to use their computer science skills to aid archaeology (AI/Machine learning). While they pursue their graduate degree, they are working to incorperate archaeology courswork to become more rounded in the fundamentals of archaeology, to provide a better interface when working with archaeologists.

They became interested in experimental archaeology while writing a novel series set in the early western European Neolithic. Their interest began with recreating tools, clothing, and other materials needed to simulate early Neolithic life, especially the Linear Pottery Culture, in an effort to provide literary accuracy. This interest quickly escalated into a full-blown hobby, and then into schooling and proper education in the topics.

Their experimentation surrounds all aspects of Neolithic life (Mesolithic and early Bronze Age on occasion), but their focus is spinning and weaving using prehistoric looms, spindles, and similar techniques. They are concerned very much with how clothing may have appeared, how clothing may have been made, and how clothing might have been used. Fashion is essential for every other period, just as it should be in the Neolithic.