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Delphi House of Questions was an EU Culture 2000 project by three EXARC members. Under this umbrella, other EXARC members as well collected and answered the most frequently asked questions by visitors to archaeological open-air museums. The largest part of this collection of questions you can find here – as many of them still carry importance. In most cases we offer the questions both in the original language and in English.

What is rose water? Where can you buy it (NL)?

Rose water was used extensively in the Middle Ages in the upper class kitchen. Nowadays, it is still an important ingredient in the India and Surinam kitchen. It adds a tender aroma to dishes...

In the Middle Ages, people probably had all the time of the world - no stress (NL)?

Whether the Middle Ages were an easy time with lots of holidays? People were attached a lot to religious habits and there were numerous holidays when a certain saint was worshipped. Sunday was a day of rest as well and a day of veneration since Constantine the Great set up the 7 days system in the year 321...

Did the people of the Old Stone Age use fishing nets (CH)?

The first proven fishing nets date to the Middle Stone Age and are made of twined birch bark. We have not identified fishing nets of the Old Stone Age, which does not mean...

Did people use the calendar as we know of already in the Middle Ages (NL)?

The Romans had a calendar which consisted of 10 months, starting on March 1st and ending with December. In between was an unnamed winter period. The priests’ task was to determine the start of every new year...

What kind of religion did people practice in prehistory (NL)?

On base of archaeological finds only, it is hard to reconstruct the religious beliefs of the past. Many aspects of it, like stories, songs and most rituals do not leave any traces in the soil that we can recover today...

Which Gods were worshipped by the Romans (NL)?

Romans were very open minded about their religion. They worshipped a wide variety of divine entities. A household could give praise to an ancestor for protection and prosperity, whilst...

What did people in the Middle Ages believe in (NL)?

The medieval people in Europe were Christian. They considered life as an earthly passage with death the gate which led to heaven. Real life started in heaven. To reach this...

How did people sacrifice to the gods during the Early Iron Age (SE)?

During the Early Iron Age (500 B.C.-400 A.D.), people sacrificed mainly by placing the offerings in the water of bogs or lakes. To sacrifice in wetlands is a tradition which goes back to the Neolithic...

Were the people in the Iron Age in Poland religious (PL)?

It is very difficult to reconstruct the beliefs of people back then on the base of what we found. Besides that, we can only imagine if religion was all pervasive or not that important...

Wich orders of monks and nuns existed in the Middle Ages in Denmark (DK)?

Those were the following:
# Birgittine Order. Munks and nuns
# Benedictine Order. Munks and nuns
# Cistercienser Order. Munks and nuns...

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