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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.

Notes concerning the demolishing of the western end of a ten-year-old Stone age row house

Introduction. Building of the Kierikki´s Stone Age Village was started 1997. It was based on new information found from excavations at the area and elsowhere in Finland. Village is situated by the river Ii, in the middle of two neolithic excavation areas.

Felling, de-barking and notching pine trees with stone, bone and antler tools

Kierikki Stone Age Center was renovating and building new stone age style houses in summer 2012. This experiment was planned to get information how long would it take to get material for a timber framed stone age style house with stone age tools.

Building a reed-roofed section for a Stone Age row house

Notes from a project in Kierikki in summer 2012 – Building a reed-roofed section for a Stone Age row house. The project started at the beginning of May 2012. Construction plans for the new house were originally based on the information from the archaeological excavations in Korvala, Yli-Ii (Schultz 1999).

Seminar at University Kiel, 2012

One of OpenArch’s associated partners is the University of Kiel. The director of AÖZA, Dr Rüdiger Kelm is a lecturer there.

Safety on site: Light level survey in Iron Age roundhouse

This survey was designed to assess light levels within the Moel y Gerddi roundhouse, in order to understand better how the house functioned as a visitor experience, and also to provide a baseline for study of light levels in the new, Bryn Eryr roundhouses due to be built in 2013.

Skinning, cutting and cooking a reindeer using only bone and antler tools

The experiment was designed and conducted by Kuttelo members Tuukka Kumpulainen, Jasse Tiilikkala, Matias Toivanen and Miika Vanhapiha. The tools used were made by Miika Vanhapiha, and pictures taken by Jasse Tiilikkala. The goal was to skin, cut and cook a reindeer using only Stone Age style bone and antler tools, to test how usable bone tools really are in processing prey.

Maintenance on site: Impact of fire lighting on thatch temperature

This survey was designed to test the potential of a thermal imaging camera as a tool for investigating and managing the environments of reconstructed buildings. The Moel y Gerddi roundhouse at St Fagans was constructed by Peter Reynolds in 1992.

Maintenance on site: designing and building the Bryn Eryr roundhouses

Designing and building Bryn Eryr. The designing and building of Bryn Eryr, a group of Iron Age roundhouses, has been one of the central contributions of St Fagans National History Museum to the OpenArch project.

Article in EXAR "Bilanz 2012"

EXAR is the European association for the advancement of archaeology by experiment. They have 140 members and are seated in Germany. They publish proceedings of their annual conference.