1st Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Roeland Paardekooper
From the 1st Experimental Archaeology Conference, London, 2006.
Practicabilities of experiments in archaeology
EXARC, European Association for Archaeological Open Air Centres Canadastraat 21, NL 5651 CE Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Once you have set up a structure for an experiment, you need to know which steps to take to for others to be able to both follow your reasoning and repeat your experiment. These steps need to lead to a published report. What are the steps in doing, documenting and publishing experiments? In executing series of experiments, there are two key parties: the universities and the archaeological open air centres. There are tens of faculties across the world where experimental archaeology is a theme for education, in some cases as well for research. On the other hand, there are dozens of archaeological open air centres which offer their facilities to both students and research. How come experiments are
published so scattered across the archaeological literature and how can we make both the reports as well as the original data accessible? Could there be an academic network themed with experimental archaeology?