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From research to mediation - A perspective for experimental archaeology

TitleFrom research to mediation - A perspective for experimental archaeology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsMEYLAN, K.
JournalExperimentelle Archäologie in Europa Bilanz 2013
PublisherEuropäische Vereinigung zur Förderung der Experimentellen Archäologie e.V.
Place PublishedBad Langensalza
Type of Articlearticle
Publication LanguageGerman
ISBN Number978-3-944255-01-9

Experimental archaeology has clearly demonstrated its interest over the past few dozen years in scientific research meant to acquire greater knowledge of past civilizations and their technical skills and craftsmanship. Nowadays, the perspectives are widening in regard to the involvement of this discipline in cultural mediation. Although experimental archaeology as a research method lends itself poorly to vulgarization, some elements of the approach can be adapted for educational purposes, as evidenced by the work of the AnimArc society since 2007. The experience gathered by the society through its involvement in around thirty events in Switzerland and France will serve as an example to demonstrate the adaptation process of experimental scientific results for knowledge transfer and exchange with the general public.