9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Mowat and Whately

The Hatra Ballista: a Case Study in Experiential Learning and Experimental Archaeology at the Undergraduate Level  Alistair Mowat (University of Manitoba) & Conor Whately (University of Winnipeg) The pedagogical value of experiential learning is well-established, and has long been embraced in any number of academic fields, though rarely in Classics or Classical Archaeology as taught … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Gilhooly

A Study of Prehistoric Irish Shale and Porcellanite Axes/Adzes through Experimentation, Quantification and Comparative Analysis Bernard Gilhooly University College Dublin This paper will discuss the methodological approaches currently being applied to the analysis of particular lithologies of prehistoric Irish axes/adzes and the range of skill sets developed to accomplish this. As part of an ongoing … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Molloy and Wisniewski

Look with your eyes, not with your hands? Combining 3D visualisation and kinaesthetic methods for understanding use-wear on prehistoric metalwork Barry Molloy and Mariusz Wisniewski University College Dublin Since the beginnings of Experimental Archaeology, there has been an uneasy tension surrounding the role of the investigator. The scientific ethos of the New Archaeology tradition sought … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Inall and Sewpaul

Manufacture and efficacy of bone spears copyright Inall and Sewpaul

An Experimental Archaeology Project Examining the Manufacture and Efficacy of Iron Age Bone Spearheads Yvonne Inall (University of Hull) & Naomi Sewpaul (University of Bradford) In Britain bone spearheads were in use from the Palaeolithic until at least the Iron Age (IA). This prolonged usage indicates these were effective weapons and form part of the … Continue reading

9th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster – Whittaker

Flights of Fancy: The Behavior of Atlatl Darts and the Relevance of Experiments John C. Whittaker In spite of thousands of years of successful use, ethnographic survival, a century of experimentation, and modern sporting use, the atlatl or spearthrower is widely misunderstood. Various kinds of evidence are claimed to show that atlatl darts travel over … 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

8th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Dyer and Fibiger

Knocking Heads: a smashing investigation of the Thames Beater Meaghan Dyer & Linda Fibiger School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, UK A notable level of inter-personal violence characterized the Early Neolithic in Britain, though the context and mechanism of this violence is often heavily disputed. Much of the trauma record from this … Continue reading

8th Experimental Archaeology Conference abstract – Smith

Fantastic Plastic? Investigating the potential of polyurethane bone substitutes in ballistic experiments. Martin Smith Bournemouth University, UK Recent years have seen growing interest in the study of weapon related trauma to the skeleton in archaeological samples and forensic casework. In order to recognise particular types of trauma accurately, comparisons need to be made with experimentally … Continue reading

8th Experimental Archaeology Conference poster abstract – Orłowska and Osipowicz

Methods of using antler hammer adzes in Mesolithic Justyna Orłowska & Grzegorz Osipowicz Institute of Archaeology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Szosa Bydgoska 44/48, 87-100 Toruń, Poland A PDF of this poster is available to download here. The occurrence of antler artefacts on prehistoric European archaeological sites is one of the most interesting evidence of … Continue reading