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The Dialogue with Skills

This Work Package will give a strong focus on the people that do demonstrations of traditional skills like metalworking, textile working, pottery making, woodworking et cetera.
There will be specialist workshops for this target group, most generally combined in time and space with the seminars. The workshops will be for specialists, where they will exchange experiences and discuss methods et cetera.

This Work Package is primarily for the skill specialists, with the objectives of improving their skills and their presentation techniques and didactics. The workshops must in some cases last for 1 week or even up to 10 days. Each craft should meet around 2 times each during the 5 years, although in some cases one workshop should be sufficient. The Work Package4 workshops will be generally combined in time and space with other OpenArch events.

This Work Package has a tight relation with Work Package 5 on the Dialogue with Science (experimental archaeology), which is why the beneficiaries responsible for craft aspect will also coordinate the experiences foreseen on Work Package5.

Possible themes for the annual workshops are: Metalworking, Textile working, Pottery making, Stone working, Wood working/carpentry, Leather working, Food and drink, Music and Architecture.
The workshops will focus on the techniques, the craftsperson himself, the interaction between crafts and the archaeological and natural environment, and also on intangible aspects of the crafts (stories, lore etc.). In cooperation with Work Package 3, the theme of different ways of presenting history to the public will be addressed.

Activities and Products

A product for OpenArch is a tangible result of an effort (in time or money) to fulfill any of the goals set in the Work Plans. They are realised in connection with the project activities.

Learning craft skills: Esparto basketry workshop at La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell

La Ciutadella Ibèrica de Calafell organised the Esparto workshop on the 23rd and 24th of November, in collaboration with Valencia settled Dutch professional

Rebuilding a Mesolithic hut

As part of the activities within WP3 and WP5, Archeon staff decided that one of the Mesolithic huts was in need of replacement.

Casting bronze experience opened to a wider public at Terramara Park

In the occasion of the Family National Day (in Italy) the Park of Montale proposed a special week end: on Saturday the 3rd of October the Staff of experts of the Park gave the possibility to the general public to participate (under reservation) to the training workshop “Metallurgist by

The everyday life of the Iberians: practising skills with the international summer workcamp

As usual in summertime, La Ciutadella Ibèrica of Calafell hosted an international summer work camp where during 10 days, 24 young people from 15 different countries worldwide (Japan, Germany, Portugal, Mexico, Taiwan, Belgium, Greece, Italy,...) made voluntary work with the aim to have

Making furniture, Bronze age and Iron Age

In spring and summer 2015 we made furniture, pottery, tools, etcetera so we can make the houses from the Bronze and Iron age more representative for the public.

Making prehistoric clothing for bronze age and iron age period

In spring and summer 2015 we made clothing for Bronze and Iron Age including jewelry so we can make the prehistoric farmers more representative for the public.

Guideline Manual – A Handbook about Experiences and Results from the Workpackage 4 The Dialogue with Skills

On EXARC Journal (in Themed collections) it is now available the "Guideline Manual - Handbook about Experiences and Results from the OpenArch Workpackage 4.

Iberian craft workshops days

In the 2015 Spring time activity program at Calafell's Historical heritage, we have offered to the public a wide range of activities, some of them related to the participation of La Ciutadella Ibèrica in the OpenArch project.

The wonders of Copper, workshop for children at the Terramara Park

On Tuesday the 2nd of June 2015 the Terramara Park of Montale opened to the public freely because of the Republic Day.

Making prehistoric clothing for bronze age and iron age period

Living history will be more important at the Hunebedcentrum. Especially in 2015 after finishing the prehistoric houses. We like to learn from our partners what kind of clothing they used and how to reproduce it.

St Fagans craft festival

On 27 May 2015, St Fagans National History Museum hosted a festival as part of the WP4 work package (dialogue with skills). The festival was a celebration of one of St Fagans core values – craft. Throughout one amazing day, we welcomed around 50 craftspeople.

Butser attends OpenArch Conference in Wales

A team of three members of staff from Butser Ancient Farm, long time EXARC member and an example to many others, attended the OpenArch Conference in Wales. EXARC organised the visit following an initiative by St Fagans.

Proceedings-Book about Archaeology and Crafts published

The book "Archaeology and Crafts - Experiences and Experiments on traditional skills and handicrafts in Archaeological Open Air Museum ins Europe" sums up the results of the International Conference in Albersdorf in autumn 2013...

St Fagans Craft Festival: raising the event's profile in Dublin

The annual Experimental Archaeology Conference is the largest gathering of its type in Britain and Ireland. In January 2015 it was held in Dublin and featured an extensive programme of talks, demonstrations, fringe meetings and tours.

Smiths in Bronze Age Europe, the movie

This film is one of the concrete products of the articulated project "Smiths in Bronze Age Europe", conducted by the Modena Museum during these 5 years in the frame of OpenArch WP4...

Study tour to Saarijärvi Stone Age Village, Central Finland

Study tour of Kierikki staff to Saarijärvi Stone Age Village Sat 27 Sept 2014. Participants: Hanni Haapaniemi, Tomi Sassali, Sami Viljanmaa, Antti Palmroos, Joni-Pekka Karjalainen and Leena Lehtinen

European Heritage Days 2014 at Terramara Park of Montale

In 2014 the 27th and 28th of September coincided with the weekend dedicated to the European Heritage Days.

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.

Making wine like Iberians: international summer work camp at La Ciutadella Ibèrica of Calafell

The Youth Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia organises summer work camps of international exchange in the region.

Daily Life in the Neolithic - Activity week in the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf

During summer 2014 more than 30 students from the Archaeological Studies of the University of Hamburg and four children participated, joined and worked at the practical week at the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen in Albersdorf (AÖZA).

„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.

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!

New Reconstructions of Mesolithic Huts in the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf

In spring and summer 2014 there has been built two "mesolithic huts" in the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen in Albersdorf. In the responsibility of Mr. Werner Pfeifer, as educator and coordinator a group of experts and voluntary people errected this two huts with traditional methods.

New Activity Stations in the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf

Since the start of the season 2014 in the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf in the end of march 2014 there are new "activity stations" in use, where the visitors inside the Stone Age house reconstruction of Rastorf could try out their own experiences, capacities and abilities in "prehistoric" skills and handicraft techniques.

Casting of a Bronze Bell

During the weekend of 21-22 december 2013, a bell was cast for the monastery in Archeon.

Conference "Working with stones in European Pre- and Protohistory in theory and in practice" at Albersdorf (DE)

This conference took place at the Bürgerhaus Albersdorf and the Stone Age Village in Albersdorf in cooperation with the EU Project OpenArch and EXARC. Theme of this conference was "Working with stones in European Pre- and Protohistory in theory and in practice"...

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?”

Activity Station for visitors: A megalithic monument is being built ...

In the Park Area of the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (AÖZA) the visitors can experience since autumn 2013 the reconstruction of a building place for a megalithic monument.

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...

Strategies and Experiences in Educational and Handicraft Skills for more than 120 years - Report about a visit to Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm (Sweden)

In the OpenArch-Workpackage 4 we developed the idea to get experiences and practical hints to improve our knowledge in presenting in practical ways skills and handicraft to the public by visiting other (external) archaeological and ethnological museums, who have already worked since a long time on this topics...

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.

Community involvement: case study of the Iron Age roundhouse excavation

St Fagans has always had a strong link with local and regional communities, and that link has been enhanced during the life of the OpenArch project thanks to the exchanges we've had with our European partners.

Craftspeople Workshop

I participated in a one-day workshop at St. Fagan’s, National History Museum of Wales. The goal of the session was to present plans and to get input into the construction of a new facility showcasing traditional craft skills, which could include experimental archaeology, as part of a £25 million investment called ‘Making History’.

Bronze-Casting in the Stone Age Park Albersdorf

On the base of the experimental bronze casting activities in Modena the Stone Age Park Dithmarschen in Albersdorf organized a bronze-casting seminar for the educational staff, which was also open to the public (visitors in the park)...

Collection of prehistoric and ancient recipes

One result of the OpenArch-WP4-workshop about "Food, Drink and Culinary Practices in ancient Times" in april 2013 in the Archeon was the publication of a little recipe book compiled by the Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf.

Food Workshop in Archeon

Food and Drink are basic needs for every human being. From the perspective of our modern culinary practices with all its specialities and (sometimes) strange customs the traditional cuisines and especially the pre- and protohistoric dishes seems not only very far away, but also ...

April 2013: (report) The Dialogue with the Visitor, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)

The OpenArch project started in 2011 with 11 partners and 5 work packages Archeon the Netherlands and Viminacium from Belgrade, Serbia are partners in WP3. The fifth OpenArch conference in Archeon, from 22-26 of April, was a success, the targets were achieved...

Prehistoric Fish Trap Reconstruction

In Archeon, Alphen aan den Rijn a base settlement has been reconstructed, from the Mesolithic period of the hunter/fishermen and gatherers.

Craft and People - International Conference, British Museum

The staff of the Museo Civico Archeologico of Modena (IT), Claudio Cavazzuti, Cristiano Iaia, Markus Robert Binggeli, Markus Binggeli, participated to the International Conference "

5 swords for 5 warriors: an open dialogue between public and skills

The team of experts working on the project “Smiths in Bronze Age Europe”, promoted by the Modena Archaeological Museum in collaboration with AÖZA Museum in the frame of OpenArch 4th work package “Dialogue with skills”, developed further on their research focusing on moulds for bronze production.

Smiths in Bronze Age Europe - Workshop in Modena and Montale Rangone (MO) - IT

This is the first workshop of four planned in the frame of Work Package 4 (WP 4) – Dialogue with skills of OpenArch project,dealt by Archaeological and Ethnological Museum of Modena (IT) and Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf AÖZA (DE). The four workshops are conceived for an exchange of experiences and discussion about methods, primarily for the skill specialists, with the objectives of improving their skills and their presentation techniques and didactics.

The III OpenArch meeting in Modena (IT): sharing knowledge and experiences

The III OpenArch meeting, organised by the Italian partner of Modena (Museo Civico Archeologico Etnologico di Modena which includes the Parco Archeologico e Museo all’aperto della Terramara di Montale and reconstructed Bronze Age site in the neighbourhood of the town) was a success with almost 100 participants...

Clothing: drum making workshop

The workshop was designed and conducted by Pirjo-Riitta Haimila who is an expert in ancient arts and crafts. The goal was to familiarize with ancient arts and crafts as well as the history of the drum. Feedback from the participants showed that they were very pleased with the content and the outcomes of the workshop.

Course “Basket weaving” by Imke Günzel

The course was designed and conducted by the craftswoman Imke Günzel. It was a course for our educational staff to improve their skills for public demonstrations in producing, presenting and using reconstructed prehistoric woven baskets for our visitors.

Demonstration of prehistoric music instruments by Mario Schramm

Course for our educational staff was designed and conducted by the musician Mario Schramm. It was to improve their skills for public demonstrations in producing, presenting and using reconstructed prehistoric wind instruments esp. lures from the Bronze Age.

Course “Music in prehistory” by Dr. Jean-Loup Ringot

The course was designed and conducted by the archaeologist Dr. Jean-Loup Ringot. It was meant for our educational staff to improve their skills for public demonstrations in producing, presenting and using reconstructed prehistoric music instruments for our visitors.