9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Kamp

Trash or Offering? Experiments with Maya Spindle Whorls Kathryn Kamp Experiments replicating and breaking limestone spindle whorls provide the necessary evidence for interpreting a large deposit of broken whorls discovered at the Maya site of El Pilar. Given the difficulty of breaking the whorls, intentional destruction rather than accidental breakage in use or manufacture is … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Surette

Capturing fugitive dyes through re-creation and algorithms: a case study from the north coast of Peru Flannery Surette The University of Western Ontario Despite nearly a hundred years of textile research in Peru, experimental approaches and novel applications of technology are rarely applied to material excavated from the region. For this project, I tested the … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – McAleely

The experimental recreation of an ancient Egyptian garland and its interpretation derived from two types of knowledge; practical knowledge (savoir faire) and factual knowledge (connaissance) Sally McAleely University College London This paper will discuss how experimental archaeology and two different types of knowledge, namely savoir faire and connaissance, can be used together to inform and … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Herriett

When the dance ceases & the fire is put out. (Catlin, 1844). Smoking the Shield – Is There An Alternative to Leather Sally Herriett University of Bristol There are numerous processing methods, which when applied to green skin result in the production of a viable material. The variety of materials and thus the products created … Continue reading

7th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Katrin Kania

Researching the Basics. Craftspersons as a “research tool”  in an archaeological spinning experiment Katrin Kania Independent researcher Questions in experimental archaeology are often connected to specific crafts processes – which is a serious problem in regard to both objectivity and repeatability of an experiment. Different skill levels, talents, and changing fitness levels may influence the … Continue reading

7th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Heather Hopkins et al

The influence of the dyers’ craft on experimental context: investigating the affect of metals in the dyeing industry of Pompeii Heather Hopkins, Katrin Kania, Sabine Ringenberg The manufacturing apparatus of Pompeii survived the volcanic eruption in AD79 in situ, allowing a reconstruction of workshops and industries. This, in turn, allows an understanding of Pompeii’s scale … Continue reading

7th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Katrin Kania

Researching the Basics. Craftspersons as a “research tool”  in an archaeological spinning experiment Katrin Kania Questions in experimental archaeology are often connected to specific crafts processes – which is a serious problem in regard to both objectivity and repeatability of an experiment. Different skill levels, talents, and changing fitness levels may influence the outcome of … Continue reading

6th Experimental Archaeology Conference Poster Abstract – Eva Fairnell

From the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference, York, 2012. The application of skinning experiments to the interpretation of bone assemblages A PDF copy of this poster, copyright of the author, is available. Eva Fairnell Department of Archaeology, University of York The pelts of fur-bearing animals have sartorial significance when used to create garments. The different colours and … Continue reading

5th Experimental Archaeology Conference Abstract – Alice Choyke and Paul Duffy

From the 5th Experimental Archaeology Conference, Reading, 2011. Time and enhanced value: the use life of bone beads Alice Choyke(1) & Paul Duffy(2) (1) Central European University and (2) University of Michigan The length of time objects are used is an extremely difficult thing to measure on archaeological objects. Separating and assessing intensity of use, … Continue reading