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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.

Reconstruction/building an iron age house

From summer till winter 2014 there has been built a prehistoric house from the Iron age in the prehistoric park of the Hunebedcentrum in Borger. The original remains were found during the excavations on the Hondsrug, the same region as where the Hunebedcentrum is located.

Experimental Archaeology Projects at Kierikki, Finland

Prior to the start of the Dialogue with Science conference at Kierikki, a research team consisting of Dr. Linda Hurcombe, Dr. Penny Cunningham, PhD researcher Theresa Kamper, Shipwright Brian Cumby and Shipwrights Assistant Tom Monrad-Hansen from the University of Exeter arrived in Kierikki to undertake...

„Art and Technology of bronze“

Monday 2nd June 2014 (Republic Day in Italy) the Terramara Park of Montale organised a special demonstration for public: „Art and Technology of bronze“

Reconstruction/building a bronze age house

In spring and summer 2014 there has been built a prehistoric house from the Bronze age in the prehistoric park of the Hunebedcentrum in Borger. The original remains were found during the excavations in the western part of the village Borger, called Daalkampen.

Usewear Experiments Using Tools from Different Rock Types, Tarragona, Spain

My PhD project focuses on usewear analysis on vein-quartz based on tools found at the site of Gran Dolina in Atapuerca and the site of Payre in France. An experimental protocol was established in an effort to study this mineral.

Experiments on Stone Age Glue Types

The "Stone Age Hunter" of the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf, the Educator Mr. Werner Pfeifer, tested different ways of and different materials for producing (possible) Stone Age Glue Types from the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic time, which could have been used without ceramics.

10th Birthday of the Parco Montale (Italy)

In 2004 the Archaeological Museum of Modena inaugurated his open air section Terramara Park of Montale (11 km from Modena city centre), dedicated to the discovery of an important bronze age village. In 2014 the Parco of Montale celebrates its 10th birthday with a special agenda of events opened to the visitors, reaching an unexpected success of public: 2000 people in three days!

From evidences to facts: the Iberian ironworking chain under an experimental perspective at the Iberian Citadel of Calafell

In November 2013, the technical staff at the Iberian Citadel took the decision to develop an experiment regarding iron working. After some meetings with researcher José Miguel Gallego who had made previous iron bloomery furnaces, we could finally have a proposal to be discussed in...

Palaeolithic Art: Practical experiences within classes

Linda Hurcombe taught a second and third year module on ‘Ancient Arts and Crafts’, Jan-May 2014. Students had covered both ‘Palaeolithic art’ and ‘craft skills’ in lecture classes but the OpenArch Dialogue with Science theme allowed us to explore how practical experience could benefit understanding...