Individual Members

Matilda Siebrecht PhD

Member of EXARC since


MA Archaeology from the University of Aberdeen (2014)

My dissertation looked at the possible uses of seaweed in Viking Age Metallurgy. This research used experimental methods working with seaweed in an iron-age style forge (provided by EXARC member Dave Budd). This research produced interesting results documenting the potential use of seaweed as a flux, tar, or possible hallucinogenic aid for blacksmiths in the past.

MSc in Material Culture Studies at Leiden University (2016)

I specialised further in experimental archaeology combined with microwear analysis. My focus for my research thesis was manufacturing techniques of prehistoric amber beads, which I expanded on further in a smaller-scale project investigating the manufacturing process of stone and bone beads from the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk. I am particularly interested in the manufacturing techniques of ancient objects.

PhD in Arctic Archaeology at Groningen University (2022)

My PhD project expanded further on my experience with experimental archaeology and microwear analysis, focusing on the Paleo-Inuit Dorset Culture of the eastern Canadian Arctic. Through a series of case studies looking at organic objects such as harpoon heads, needles, and carved figurines, I was able to demonstrate the benefits of applying new analytical methods to existing legacy collections from Arctic regions. 


As well as archaeology, I also studied journalism at the London School of Journalism. My aim is to make archeological research more approachable for non-specialists and the general public. One of the best ways to demonstrate the relevance and interest of archaeological research is through experimental archaeology, which provides a more 'hands on' approach to the past. Only by showing the value of what we do can we expect funding bodies and government officials to provide us with sufficient resources. As part of this goal, I share archaeological information through my online platform "The Archaeologist's Teacup, and in 2022 I founded the Archaeo Book Club - on online community for lovers of archaeology and books to investigate how the field of archaeology is represented in popular fiction. I also host two of my own podcast series ("Tea-break Time Travel" and "And My Trowel"), produce a blog, and co-host the monthly EXARC chat show #FinallyFriday


Leiden Uni

TIP: Check the interview Matilda gave
Alumna Matilda Siebrecht hosts Experimental Archaeology Podcast:
‘We want to show the range archaeological research can take.’

June 16, 2020