Programme for the 8th Experimental Archaeology UK Conference

We are very pleased to announce the programme of oral papers and poster presentations for the 8th Experimental Archaeology Conference UK has been finalised. The conference will be held at the University of Oxford on the 10th-11th of January 2014. Further details can be found here. Registrations are now closed.

You can download a PDF of the programme here.

Friday 10th January, TS Eliot Theatre, Merton College, Oxford

9:00 Registrations

9:30 Opening.

Mark Pollard (Director of the Research Laboratory of Archaeology and the History of Art)

9:50 Session 1

9:50 Measurement of Earth Circumference using only materials and techniques available to Neolithic peoples. James Bailie Russell (IE). Read the abstract.

10:10 Demonstration of a Full Scale Egyptian Pulley. Stephen Blakely & Gregory Blakely (US). Read the abstract.

10:30 Fantastic Plastic? Investigating the potential of polyurethane bone substitutes in ballistic experiments. Martin Smith (UK). Read the abstract.

10:50 Information about library and museum visits, and workshops. Christophe Snoeck.

11:00 Coffee Break

11:40 Session 2

11:40 Quantification of surface wear on experimental obsidian blades: First results of the Ancient Maya Blood-letting Project. W. James Stemp & Mason Andruskiewicz (US). Read the abstract.

12:00 Getting hammered: An analysis of comparative wear on Late Bronze Age hammers and modern replicas. Elpidia Giovanna Fregni (UK). Read the abstract.

12:20 Knocking Heads: a smashing investigation of the Thames Beater. Meaghan Dyer & Linda Fibiger (UK). Read the abstract.

12:40 Lunch in Merton College

14:00 Workshops and the Old Library Tour

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 Session 3

16:30 Stone vase manufacture in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age: an experimental approach E. Morero, H. Procopiou, R. Vargiolu & H. Zahouani (UK). Read the abstract.

16:50 A Cautionary tale: experimental evidence for ceramic shape uniformity through culturally distinct motor traditions. Enora Gandon, Reinoud J. Bootsma, John Endler & Leore Grosman (IL). Read the abstract.

17:10 The minimum extraction technique: Applying optically stimulated luminescence dating to ceramic objects housed in museum collections. Amber Hood & Jean-Luc Schwenninger (UK). Read the abstract.

17:30 Wine Reception and poster session:

Using experimental archaeology to identify roofed and un-roofed spaces in the archaeological record Rowena Y Banerjea, Martin Bell & Wendy Matthews (UK). Read the abstract.
Making a Neolithic bead: from procurement to use, Emma Baysal (TU). Read the abstract.
Shaping Shale: experimental production of prehistoric beads and armlets, Alice Rose Day. Read the abstract.
Reconstruction of the carving and polishing techniques of Fatimid rock crystal ewers (10-12th cent. AD.) E. Morero, J. Johns, H. Procopiou, R. Vargiolu & H. Zahouani (UK). Read the abstract.
Methods of using antler hammer adzes in Mesolithic. Justyna Orłowska & Grzegorz Osipowicz (PL). Read the abstract.
Mesolithic “curved knives” from Polish Lowland. Remarks from use wear analysis and experimental studies. Grzegorz Osipowicz (PL). Read the abstract.
Reproduction and Use of Sicilian Early Bronze Age Axes. Claudia Speciale, Kati Caruso, Claudio Cavazzuti, Francesca Grillo, Luca Pellegrini & Federico Scacchetti (IT). Read the abstract.
The Prometheus Project: using fire to build a Bronze Age log boat. Ryan Watts (UK). Read the abstract.

19:30 If you would like to explore some traditional British food, follow the organisers to some of the best pubs in Oxford

Saturday 11th January, Research Laboratory for Art and Archaeology, Oxford

9:00 Registrations

9:40 Session 4

Chair Jacqui Mulville

9:40 Working with Felsite: An Experimental Approach to Identify Stone Tool Working on the Shetland Islands. Bernard Gilhooly & Brendan O’Neill (IE). Read the abstract.

10:00 Lower Paleolithic bipolar reduction and hominin selection of quartz at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania: what’s the connection? Metin I. Eren & Alia N. Gurtov (US). Read the abstract.

10:20 The carburization of iron objects in a pottery kiln. Adrian Wrona (PL). Read the abstract.

10:40 Coffee Break

11:10 Workshops and museum tours

12:50 Lunch

13:50 Session 5

13:50 Integrating experimental archaeology in organic residue analysis of potterDavid T. Altoft, Yastami Nishida, Karine Taché & Oliver E. Craig (UK). Read the abstract.

14:10 An Experimental Approach to Studying the Decoration Technology of Pottery. Golnaz Hossein Mardi (CA). Read the abstract.

14:30 Experiments with aceramic birch bark tar extraction. Tine Schenck & Peter Groom (UK). Read the abstract.

14:50 Closing remarks, Roeland Paardekooper, Chelsea Budd & Christophe Snoeck

15:00 Coffee Break

15:30 Workshops and Museum Tours

Locations for the conference can be viewed below:

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