Experimental Archaeology A Conference hosted by the School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November 2008
The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce a forthcoming conference on Experimental Archaeology. The conference will be held over the weekend of 15th-16th November 2008 and will comprise a day of papers and discussions at the Archaeology building on Saturday followed, on Sunday, by a trip to the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay where delegates will be able to visit an experimental re-construction of a crannog and take part on various associated activities.
The use of experiment in archaeology provides a scientific theoretical structure within which various strands of evidence can be united in a systematic methodology. These strands of evidence can comprise information from ethnography, craft skills, technological expertise and archaeological data as well as phenomenological and educational studies. Papers and posters are invited on the following key themes that are suggested as a focus for presentations though not as a limitation on them:
The role of experiment in archaeological interpretation and research.
Understanding technology in ancient society.
The role of experiment in public archaeology and “Living archaeology” centres: the case for greater academic involvement
Case studies of current projects
Format of the Conference Weekend:
9:00-17:00: conference papers and discussions. Teas/coffees will be provided.
17:00-18:00: discussion of conference themes and future conferences.
19:00 onwards: an evening meal will be arranged at a local restaurant - cost to be covered by delegates. Please indicate on your registration form if you would like to participate.
10:00-18:00 trip to the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay. This excursion will definitely take place. Please indicate on your application form if you would like to participate.
Cost of teas/coffee and conference booklet: £7:00 (payable now)
Cost of Sunday excursion to Loch Tay: £17.00 (payable on arrival)
School of History, Classics and Archaeology
The University of Edinburgh
The Old High School
12 Infirmary Street
EDINBURGH EH1 1LT