REARC is the conference on Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology. This conference takes place in Colonial Williamsburg, the most recent one was in November 2017. These pages offer an archive of the REARC Conference from 2010 onward.
Reconstructive and experimental archaeologists strive to expand our archaeological understanding of the past by attempting to recreate material culture, technology, or life-ways by using the same materials, techniques, and strategies believed to have been employed in the past through structured experimentation. REARC promotes and stimulates interest in reconstructive and experimental archaeology; serving as a bridging organization between Open-Air Museums, academics, primitive technologists, related groups, and individuals involved in the field. By supporting and facilitating an active and open exchange of information between related groups; REARC serves as a bond among those interested in this and related subjects. We encourage publication through the EXARC Journal to aid in the conservation and development of related data; and to encourage high standards, development and support for the scientific application of reconstructive and experimental archaeological research.
Photo Copyright: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
The REARC logo represents the cast, swing and flight trajectory of an atlatl spear as well as the recurve of a bow limb. It symbolizes REARC's mission to draw information from our shared human past as we aim toward the future.
Beginning in 2010 REARC has been North America's only Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference. A registered non-profit organization REARC held five conferences at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, and our most recent ones at Colonial Williamsburg. REARC conferences blend paper and poster sessions with hands-on experimental activity sessions to produce weekends well suited to all levels of academic and public involvement.
REARC is a 501c3 not for profit educational organization listed under Society of Experimental Archeology and Primitive Technology (SEAPT).