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Conference: XII Nordic TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group)

Event date: 
Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 to Saturday, 28 April, 2012
Organised by: 
University of Oulu

In the session "On the relationship between past and the present in archaeology", the Kierikki Museum will present "Experimental Archaeology in the OpenArch project – focus on reconstructions and re-enactment". We discuss experimental archaeology and how it can improve the visitor experience in archaeological open-air museums – how to bring quality and get one step up in experimental archaeology?
Archaeological remains and objects need to be interpreted to give meaning today. For interpretation, experiments are needed in order to understand how objects were made, how constructions can have looked like and how people in the past acted. Experiments will be defined in cooperation with experimental archaeology experts and universities. The experimental actions will, however, be limited to those that have an immediate result on the visitor experience, or that can be used as visitor attractions by themselves.
All the partner museums will conduct experimental actions during the project. Our plan includes, for example, life experiments, reconstruction works, event development with re-enacting activities, and object replicating processes.


Miska Sliden
museoamanuenssi/museum curator
Kierikkikeskus/Kierikki Stone Age Centre
Pahkalantie 447 A, FIN-91200 Yli-Ii, FINLAND
tel. 358 8 558 58 231, +358 50 5750 718
fax. 358 8 8170 494