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Stoking the Flames: Towards an Archaeology of Fire

Organised by: 
Ellen McInnes, Lauren Doughton, and Rhiannon Pettit (University of Manchester)
Event date: 
Monday, 15 December, 2014 to Wednesday, 17 December, 2014
Kind of Event: 
for Professionals

Reconstructions as experimental history: historic computing machines

SWADE, D. D., "Reconstructions as experimental history: historic computing machines", Reconstructions: recreating science and technology of the past, issue Economic archaeology. From structure to performance in European archaeology, Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland NMS Enterprises Limited, pp. 103-126, 2011.

Learning through replication: the "Planet" locomotive project

BAILEY, M. R., "Learning through replication: the "Planet" locomotive project", Reconstructions: recreating science and technology of the past, issue Economic archaeology. From structure to performance in European archaeology, Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland NMS Enterprises Limited, pp. 83-102, 2011.

Stone Tools of Shetland: Experimental Felsite Project

B. O’Neill,
B. Gilhooly and
G. Cooney (IE)
8th UK EA Conference Oxford 2014
***The Shetland Islands are the northernmost part of Britain, located northeast of the Orkney Islands and Scottish mainland. Similar to other locations in northwest Europe, during the Neolithic Period (4000-2500 cal BC) suitable lithic sources were exploited for use in the production of stone axes and other artefacts...

Book Review: Journal Of of Archaeological And and Anthropological Sciences by L. Shillito, E. Fairnell and H. S. Williams (ed)

Katy Whitaker (UK)
A set of eleven articles resulting from the call for papers for the Sixth UK Experimental Archaeology Conference (held in York in January 2012) is now published in a special issue of the Journal of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences...

8th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Oxford

Giovanna Fregni (UK)
The conference unofficially began in the Royal Blenheim pub at 6 pm on Thursday evening. Conference staff and attendees filtered in throughout the evening eventually filling the back room. The pub had excellent food and a good variety of local ales. Those who managed to brave the flooding introduced themselves and got to know other attendees. It was a nice way to start the conference...

From Mead to Snakebite - An Ethnography of Modern British University Sports Team Drinking Culture and its Parallels with the Drinking Rituals of the Viking World

Matt Austin (UK)
7th UK EA Conference Cardiff 2013
***The idea for this paper came, as these things often do, in a bar. The interesting twist was that instead of being an inebriated patron, I was actually working behind the bar observing the scenes of intoxicated students with a bemused expression. What began as a joke...

History Matters at Ty Mawr Medieval Hall

Gary Ball (WLS)
Nestled in the hills of Montgomeryshire lies a gem of medieval history, the enigmatic Ty Mawr hall (Ball 2009a) rediscovered in the late 20th century, yet over 500 years old. Hidden within a tumbled down brick cow house this remarkable medieval house was the largest aisled hall ever recorded in Wales...

The Mummification of Votive Birds: Past and Present

S. D. Atherton,
L. M. McKnight (UK)
7th UK EA Conference Cardiff 2013
***A mummy is defined as a ‘well-preserved dead body’ (Cockburn, Cockburn & Reyman 1998, 1), achieved by either natural or anthropogenic methods and refers to both human and animal subjects. Mummies achieved through both these methods are found in ancient Egypt as a result of preservation through...

“You could see it [the past] in your mind”: What impact might living history performance have on the historical consciousness of young people?

Ceri Jones (UK)
2012 OpenArch meeting at Foteviken (SE)
***Living history is used as part of a range of interpretive techniques to help young people experience and learn about the past at museums and historic sites (Samuel 1994). Although the benefits of bringing the past to life have been enthusiastically supported by costumed interpreters, museum and history educators (Fairley 1977; Turner-Bisset 2005) it was not until 2008 that...

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