6th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Gaynor Wood
From the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference, York, 2012.
Practitioner, professional and the public: examining the impact of experimental archaeology on different user groups.
School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK
As experimental archaeology becomes a more mainstream study, there is also much debate over the definition of the term ‘experimental archaeology’ and the methodology of experiments undertaken, and perhaps more ambiguously ‘ownership’ of the area itself. However, what does appear to be missing from the literature is any discussion on the affect or impact of experimental archaeology on the different user groups of practitioner, professional and the public. In a discussion workshop I would like consider what we think are the expectations of these three groups and invite the audience to discuss that we might mean by ‘impact’, how it could be measured and what assessment criteria might be used.