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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.

Rock and Roll

A pilot experiment was conducted in 2010 as part of an ongoing research project exploring a novel way of moving large monuments across a landscape using wooden and/or stone balls (used like balling bearings)in grooved wooden rails.

Working conditions: insulating a 17th-century house

The aim of this project was to improve the quality of the working environment in a 17th-century farmhouse which is open to the public throughout the winter.

Yesterday Today: Bronze Age connections in a modern world and presented a paper The Archaeology of Experiment

Linda Hurcombe attended the international ‘Yesterday Today: Bronze Age connections in a modern world and presented a paper 'The Archaeology of Experiment’

Experimental Action ideas from Students

In the winter of 2013-2014, students from Leiden University were given an assignment. They were to visit Archeon in the late season (october 2013) and work on ideas to develop new experimental actions within the context of the museum.

Workshop "Metallurghi si nasce o si diventa?"

In the frame of the bigger OpenArch metal project “Smiths in bronze age”, the Terramara Park of Montale proposes to museums’ staff, archaeologists, students, aficionados and curious people the workshop “Metallurghi si nasce o si diventa?”

Growing a spelt crop

From the winter of 2013 to the summer of 2014, St Fagans National History Museum undertook an experiment to grow a crop of spelt wheat to be used as thatch for our Bryn Eryr roundhouses. The project had several goals...

Making log boat in Kierikki

During their staff exchange visit 5 members from Exeter university supervised by Dr Linda Hurcombe and shipmakers Brian Cumby and Tom Monrd Hansen did in four days a log boat from beginning to testing in water.

Living Experiments and Educational Days at the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen

In cooperation with the Archaeological Institute of the University of Hamburg the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (Stone Age Park Dithmarschen) organises one week of archaeological experiments and educational activities...

Air quality within reconstructed houses as an issue for staff, visitors and others

Due to the use of soilid fuels in open fireplaces, fireplaces with chimneys and/or ovens, in archaeological house reconstructions, there are a number of air quality risk factors that need to be considered.

Reconstructions and interpretation of Medieval Egg Tempera paintings

Archeon has started an exiting new project, linking historical and archaeological research to the visitors experience and interpretation of the past.