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Introducing OpenArch to the World’s largest Experimental Archaeology Conference
EXARC was a coorganizer.
It was an excellent opportunity to reach professionally interested people from regions of Europe and the World with a small EXARC or OpenArch presence. Dr Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director & OpenArch Community Manager, gave the key note lecture, discussing the advantages of large European networks. He further mentioned how Universities, Museums and professionals in ancient are all linked through Experimental Archaeology, where each partner brings in own expertise and experience. Paardekooper’s presentation emphasized how OpenArch is the lighting example of intensive cooperation coming to fruition.
Representatives of the OpenArch Lead Partner C.I. de Calafell, the University of Exeter and EXARC also represented OpenArch at the World’s largest Experimental Archaeology Conference of 2014.
University of Exeter
From the 9th to the 11th of May Dr. Linda Hurcombe, and PhD researchers Sabine Martin and Theresa Kamper attended the International Experimental Conference in Burgos Spain. A key interest for us was the large number of papers being given on use wear and the replication of perishable goods. Linda presented a paper titled ‘Touching the Past’ highlighting the Touch Projects use of 3D printed replicas in museums alongside replicas to engage with visitors on level not often achieved with conventional displays. A portion of the Touch Project 3D prints travelled with us to Burgos and were displayed alongside their craft replica counterparts. The display was well received and we had our hands full answering questions from interested participants. The conference was a great opportunity to meet other European colleagues as well as the North and South American participants.
In addition to listening to the many interesting papers presented we attended the fieldtrip to the archaeological site of Atapuerca. After the site visit we were given the opportunity to visit its open air site, where we were able to get an up close look at some of the raw materials that would have been available to the sites original occupants. The Paleolithic focus was a particularly unusual aspect of the interpretation centre and the ‘have a go’ and working areas were great aspects of the facility. The Paleolithic area was a useful addition to Exeter’s own Palaeolithic art experiences offered to students this year. The visit to the site and interpretation centre were a useful opportunity and a nice transition into the second phase of our trip to Spain, which consisted of use wear experiments to increase the diversity of the departmental use wear reference collection. These experiments were conducted in Terragona in co-operation with the Institut de Paleontologia Humana Ecologia y Social (IPHES) laboratory in Tarragona.
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