Thursday, March 25, 2021

EAC12 Experimental Archaeology - A Selection

Monday, March 29, 2021 - Thursday, April 1, 2021
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Program Selections

Note : This is just my own personal selection of topics I am interested in!

Papers directly related to Iron Smelting in bold / Presentation times adjusted for EST (Ontario), as pulled off the published schedule :

For all Abstracts see


I messed up on the reporting and converstion!

(March 30) When the schedule was first published, the normal offset from GMT to EST (Ontario) of 5 hours was given here. Then Ontario shifted to Daylight Savings, which through everything out by an hour (less). So I changed the indicated times. Then two weeks later, Europe shifted to DST as well, re-aligning the times back to +5 hours.


Monday March 21

11 AM EDT  (London GMT 16:00) - Session 3

#7 : (11:00)
Hotspot Presentation: Experiments in functional Studies. The case of fire-related Experiments
Veerle Rots, Dries Cnuts, Sonja Tomasso
TraceoLab/Prehistory, University of Liège (Belgium)

#8 : (11:00 +)
Paper: 4-Dimensional Recording of Fire related Experiments
Ole Fredrik Unhammer & S.J. Armitage
Centre for early sapiens behaviour (SapienCE), Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen (Norway)

15:00 EDT  (London GMT 20:00) - Session 4

#10 (15:00)
Paper: Toxic Taters: how Ethnography, Experimental Archaeology and the modern Kitchen can improve the safety Potatoes
Bill Schindler
Washington College (USA)

#11 : (15:00 +)
Paper: How the Wind Blows: Investigating the Performance of Early Bellows through Experiments
Myriam Legault
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany)

Paper: A lot of Hot Air: Exploring Air Production in Viking Era Bellows
Neil Peterson
Independent Scholar (Canada)

Session 4: Live Questions & Answers
(starting approximately after 2h of broadcasting = 17:00 EDT)

Tuesday 30 March

04:00 EDT (London GMT 09:00) - Session 6

# 16 : (04:00 +)
Paper: Experimental Casting of high-leaded bronze Palstaves in the ATLANTAXES Project
Beatriz Comendador1, Aaron Lackinger1, María G. Faro2, Noemí Silva2, Pau Sureda2 & Xosé-Lois Armada2
1 Grupo de Estudos de Arqueoloxía, Antigüidade e Territorio, Universidade de Vigo (Spain)2 Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit - CSIC) (Spain)

#17 : (05:00)
Paper: A House Biography: Building and Burning an Experimental Reconstruction of a Neolithic House
Diederik Pomstra, Annelou van Gijn, Annemieke Verbaas & Leo Wolterbeek

800 EDT (London GMT 13:00) - Session 7

#20 : (09:00 +)
Paper: Arctic Iron Smelting in northernmost Sweden – an Experimental Approach
Carina Bennerhag1,2, Jannica Grimbe1 & Daryoush Tahmasebi1
1 Norrbottens museum (Sweden)
2 Luleå University of Technology (Sweden)

Wednesday March 31

03:00 EDT  (London GMT 08:00) - Session 9

#26 : (03:00)
University of Exeter / Buster Farm Hotspot

Paper: Butser Ancient Farm and Exeter University Collaborative Experiment for Alternative Roofing Materials
Fergus Milton (UK)

#27 : (05:00+)

Paper: Experimental Research and the Archaeological Open-Air Museum: perfect Storm or a perfect Partnership?
Claire Walton
Butser Ancient Farm (UK)

Thursday April 1

00:00 EDT (London GMT 05:00) - Session 13

#37 : (00:00+)
Paper: Investigating the Ancient Heritage of Indian Iron Smelting Technology through Experimental Approach
S. Udayakumar
National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) (India)

04:00 EDT (London GMT 09:00) - Session 14

#41 : (05:00+)
Paper: Roman and Early Medieval Mosaic Beads and Millefiori Canes – the hot Glass Techniques of Manufacture
Sue Heaser (UK)

#42 : (0:600)
Paper: Why Recycle Glass? The Answer is Clear? Experimental Glass Recycling using a Wood-fired Glassworking Furnace
Victoria Lucas
Newcastle University (UK)

08:00 EDT - (London GMT 13:00) Session 15

#43 : (08:00)
DARC Hotspot Presentation

(08:00) Paper: 'Now with 70% less Clay!' Experiments with Viking Age Icelandic Turf walled Iron Smelting Furnaces
Darrell Markewitz1, Kevin Smith2 & Neil Peterson3

1 Independent Researcher, Ontario (Canada)
2 Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Rhode Island (USA)
3 Independent Researcher, Ontario (Canada)

Paper: Stone Soup: Experiments in Soapstone Cookware in a Norse Context
Richard Schweitzer & Sarah Scroggie
Dark Ages Recreation Company (Canada)

Paper: Increasing the Effectiveness of the Bloomery Smelting Process by using a mobile Furnace Shaft. Archaeological Experiments on the possible Reuse of clay Shafts during the early Roman Period in Northern Central Europe
Florian Kobbe2, Christian Helmreich1,2,3, Jan Hinrichs1 & Martin Sauerwein1

Session 15: Live Questions & Answers
(starting approximately after 2h of broadcasting = 10:00 EDT)


As a European based conference, the times for some sessions are not ideal for those of us in North America.

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