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Meeting prospective new partner with MT, Exeter December 2011

Wednesday, 30 November, 2011 to Friday, 2 December, 2011
Roeland Paardekooper
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When OpenArch lost Biskupin, we started looking for a partner who could play an important role in developing experimental archaeology with the partners in OpenArch. Many of the museum’s activities come close to experimentation; with just a few small steps (like documentation) we can share the results and truly learn from each other. Experimental archaeology, also as a way to enhance the visitor’s experience and to reach more people, is one of the keystones of our project.
While looking at several ‘big players’ in Europe in experimental archaeology we soon realised that a traditional archaeological open-air museum could do the job, but this requires training and sharing experience, something we found out the University of Exeter would be best at.
Early December, a delegation of the Management Team sat down with colleagues at the archaeology department to discuss logistics, content and practicalities, followed by an intense meeting with the university administration staff. Both meetings were most useful and we went home with an almost certain “yes we’ll join”.