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Experimental Actions

Archaeological remains and objects are tangible remains of past civilizations. They need to be interpreted to give meaning today, and interpretation is dependent on experiments. Experiments are needed to understand how objects were made, how constructions can have looked like and not the least, how people in the past behaved and acted. In OpenArch, experimental actions will be limited to those that have an immediate result on the visitor experience, or that can be used as visitor attractions by themselves.

Exeter Dialogue with Science Roadshow: Foteviken

The OpenArch collaboration at Foteviken occurred when three Calafell staff were also visiting during the Viking Market-a major event at Foteviken. Our contribution was the Dialogue with Science Roadshow and was badged as Historical Workshops by Foteviken as a new venture.

The wonders of Copper, workshop for children at the Terramara Park

On Tuesday the 2nd of June 2015 the Terramara Park of Montale opened to the public freely because of the Republic Day.

Understanding wear from the workshop on “Residues and Hafting”. University of Liege (Belgium), 2-4 June 2015.

Alice La Porta attended the workshop on behalf of the Exeter usewear group and gives the following report as part of our Openarch actions on usewear and the function of tools..

Exeter Dialogue with Science Roadshow- Cardiff Heritage Craft Festival

This was the first venue for the Exeter Dialogue with Science Road Show (a series of final workshops involving public presentation).

New experimental roof in areas G and F ("The Amphorae House") of La Ciutadella Ibèrica of Calafell

One of the main challenges concerning management at La Ciutadella Ibèrica is the maintenance of the reconstructions. The climate conditions affect the structures so every year is necessary to plan a repair campaign.

Cordage experiment at La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell


In June 2014, during the OpenArch conference in Kierikki (Finland), the delegates from the Department of Archaeology of the University of Exeter chaired a session about collaboration possibilities within the OpenArch partners linked to the workpackage the Dialogue with Science.

They prepared protocols on some aspects for a joint experimentation. La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell was especially interested to collaborate in an experiment related to cordage with vegetal fibres.

Fur, skin clothing, textiles, cordage, touchable exhibits and plans

Linda Hurcombe and Theresa Emmerich Kamper went to Denmark and Sweden, and Linda Hurcombe also went to Cardiff St Fagans.

Plan for rebuilding turf-roofed house

The turf-roofed Neolitihc house in Kierikki Stone Age village was rebuilt 2003 and it's now in a poor condition. That is why it has to be rebuilt in summer 2015.

European Heritage Days 2014 at Terramara Park of Montale

In 2014 the 27th and 28th of September coincided with the weekend dedicated to the European Heritage Days.