This is the website of the ALMYRAS-Project, which deals with ancient copper production on Cyprus. The project is a joint-venture between the archaeometallurgical project of Agia Varvara-Almyras in Cyprus, the Swiss National Foundation for Scientific Research, and the Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research. The unearthed architectural structures and artefacts come from the most complete productive chain in ancient Cypriot copper metallurgy. The website gives brief details of the excavations and survey, information on experimental reconstructions of copper production and information on proposed scientific studies and analyses which will be undertaken in the future.
'Archaeology and Performance' is a forum for all those interested in exploring the archaeology and performance interface ('Can one study performance in all its manifestations - dance, music, theatre, feasting, processions, spectacle and ritual - archaeologically?'). Information is published here concerning events and articles that investigate the relationship between performance and archaeology in its broadest sense. Several conference papers addressing this relationship may be read at the site in PDF format. Archaeology and Performance began as a sub-site of the ESTATE website (Performance, Architecture & Location), an Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) funded Web project looking at urbanism, architecture, location and performance. It then moved to the Stanford University, Archaeology Center. The site is maintained by Dr. Alessandra Lopez y Royo, formerly Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, currently with the AHRB Research Centre for Cross-cultural Music and Dance Performance (SOAS, Roehampton, UniS).
This website is the home page of Bede's World, Jarrow. Bede's World consists of a museum, an Anglo-Saxon farm, and some archaeological reconstructions, and is open to tourists and school groups. Their website includes biographies of the Venerable Bede, the eighth-century British chronicler and monk best known for his 'Ecclesiastical History of the English People', as well as for several of Bede's Northumbrian near-contemporaries such as King Oswald, Aethelfrith, and Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. The website also offers details of the experimental building project being carried out at the centre, and some other experimental archaeological projects being conducted in Northumberland. Publications relating to these projects are listed at the site. The website also gives news on special events and temporary collections at the centre. This website will primarily be of interest to historians and archaeologists interested in the local history of Jarrow and Northumberland, and in Bede and his background.
"The Bronze Age in Europe" integrates three resources that concentrate on the Dutch Bronze Age, the first farmers in the Netherlands, and the Gallic Wars. Each resource can still be independently accessed. However, many pages dedicated to unrelated topics are essentially summaries of archaeological news and represent extemporaneous interests of the author. Such pages contribute to a general impression of overall disorganisation and invoke caution in reading parts of this website. The framed version, accessible by clicking on "English version," is most convenient as it divides the most valuable contents from the miscellanea of notes and news. Although this is clearly a personal site, best described as a patchwork of summaries from attended lectures, snippets of books, some original contents at graduate level and many pictures, it still is a valuable resource for information on Dutch prehistoric archaeology and related topics. For instance, no single book would be able to tie together richly illustrated presentations of the sites of Alesia and Bibracte, pages on the Eburones, the Gallic wars, pictures of Gallic artefacts, a Gaulish-English dictionary and the whole De Bello Gallico by Caesar. The author has worked at an Iron Age settlement in the Netherlands and has experience in experimental archaeology. The latter experience is especially evident in the several pages about the author's experimental activities in prehistoric metallurgy, available in his reports on bronze casting, with drawings explaining the various processes and pictures illustrating key moments in the experimentations.
"Building an Iron Age British chariot" is a 46 page pdf file available for download, describing an experimental project, sponsored by the BBC, to reconstruct, as accurately as possible, a small chariot similar to that found at Wetwang in Yorkshire. The project director, Mike Loades, a leading specialist in historical weaponry and armed combat, and a lecturer at the Wallace Collection, Royal Armouries and the University of Aberdeen, describes the processes of research as well as the practical aspects of construction and field trials, and the interplay between experimental and theoretical archaeology. Loades also discusses the implications of the discovery, during the reconstruction project, of another chariot burial at Newbridge near Edinburgh. The reconstructed chariot is now on view in the British Museum.
Butser Ancient Farm is an open air laboratory investigating prehistoric and Roman agricultural and building techniques. It is a replica of the sort of farm which would have existed in the British Iron Age circa 300 BC. The website briefly describes ancient animal breeds and crops that may have been farmed in the prehistoric period. There are descriptions of the various reconstructed roundhouses and other structures that would have existed in an Iron Age enclosure, with a video introduction by Dr Peter Reynolds. A paper explores the nature of experimental archaeology, also by Dr Reynolds. The research pages includes short descriptions of experimental projects under way at Butser.
The Ename Center for Public Archaeology and Heritage Presentation website publishes news and information about the activities of the centre. The centre has focused in the past in the heritage of the Flanders, Belgium, and has been the driving force leading to the "ICOMOS Charter for the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites", also known as the "ICOMOS Ename Charter". The centre currently focuses on how communities, with their knwoledge and stories, can be connected to the local heritage, landscape and past history. How the past affects humans in the contemporary world is also a main subject. The website outlines the recent projects run by staff at the centre and intends to publish a series of digital publications in PDF format; at the time of review only the "Basic Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Professionals in the Use of Information Technologies. How can ICT support Cultural Heritage" booklet was available. The website will interest primarily anyone concerned with public archaeology and community archaeology.
GeoArch offers a consultancy service for the analysis and interpretation of ferrous and non-ferrous ancient metallurgical residues and their relation to archaeological geophysics. The website gives brief details on current geoarchaeological projects and geophysics surveys. A section covers experimental work being carried out on iron smelting and charcoal burning giving lists of all smelting experiments with their operating parameters. This website may be useful primarily to professional archaeologists or undergraduate students.
This website describes the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre in western Cyprus, its staff and projects. The Centre was established by the Edinburgh University Department of Archaeology as a base for excavations and experiments. The aim of the Centre is to examine ideas about prehistoric Chalcolithic buildings and in doing so, to understand how archaeological sites are formed by observing the effects of building construction, use, decay and collapse upon a site. The forms and methods of construction of three different Chalcolithic round houses are explained and illustrated with photographs. Experimental destructions have been carried out on other buildings to investigate the impact which this may have on the formation of archaeological sites. Although there are some brief illustrated texts, the most valuable resource may be the updated bibliography.
The website for the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg in the Lofoten Islands, Northern Norway, mainly provides information for visitors but also contains some background notes on the activities and research carried out on the site. Brief descriptions of some of the exhibition material and demonstrations of early medieval handcrafts is given, as well as notes on the excavations carried out between 1983 and 1989 which revealed the largest Viking building found in Europe. The Viking chieftain's longhouse has been reconstructed adjacent to the archaeological site, and the website describes some of the main features of the reconstruction of this and associated buildings, as well as the museum's reconstruction of the Gokstad ship from Oslo which has been tested on sea voyages.
This website publishes the result of a project of experimental archaeology testing the hypothesis that reed boats were used to transport giant stones across Lake Titicaca to the Inca site of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanacu). To achieve this, a special reed boat, baptised Qala Yampu, was built. The Qala Yampu proved to be faster and more reliable than expected and therefore demonstrated that the hypothesis this might have been the method used to transport stones in antiquity. Several illustrated articles provide some information, and there is a "captain's diary". A documentary has been produced for the Discovery Channel. A few full-text papers about experimental archaeology are available in PDF format. Researchers may find this website useful.
Ships of Discovery is an underwater archaeology research institute based in Corpus Christi, Texas. Here archaeologists research ships of exploration and discovery that were lost in the New World between 1492 and 1521. The website provides information on these shipwrecks, marine archaeology activities, archival research, experimental archaeology, 16th Century shipbuilding techniques, artefact conservation, and other aspects of ships of discovery research.
The website for the Stone Age Institute, based in Bloomington, Indiana, presents the Institute's research into human origins and introduces its various activities. The Institute has carried our excavations of Palaeolithic sites where in: Gona, Ethiopia; Ain Hanech, Algeria; Transvaal, South Africa; and Nihewan Basin, China. Part of the website focuses on particular aspects of experimental archaeology, concentrating on the manufacture and use of lithic tools. Some of these experiments have involved the participation of Chimpanzees and other apes (Kanzi, the Bonobo). Other studies have involved traditional communities and brain imaging with positron emission tomography (PET). The website also contains news of recent palaeoanthropological discoveries, and a list of publications by staff members is available. This is an educational and informative website aimed primarily at the general public and students.