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Experimental Archaeology – A Journey in Time from Enlightenment to Experience

Petersson, Bodil LU and Narmo, Lars Erik (2011) In Experimental Archaeology – Between Enlightenment and Experience 62. p.27-48
Abstract
The research history and conditions in experimental archaeology up until today show a heavy emphasis on technological studies within a hypothetical-deductive theoretical paradigm. How is it possible to enhance the conditions for experimental archaeology so that it can also develop as a humanistic area of research, more closely related to existential perspectives of human life? We argue for the integration of technical, sensory and emotional understandings of the past, so that the notion of being a human in a long-term perspective can be included in the concept of experimental archaeology. A humanistic experimental archaeology is achieved by the development of new methods such as conscious use of anachronisms, renewal of techniques for... (More)
The research history and conditions in experimental archaeology up until today show a heavy emphasis on technological studies within a hypothetical-deductive theoretical paradigm. How is it possible to enhance the conditions for experimental archaeology so that it can also develop as a humanistic area of research, more closely related to existential perspectives of human life? We argue for the integration of technical, sensory and emotional understandings of the past, so that the notion of being a human in a long-term perspective can be included in the concept of experimental archaeology. A humanistic experimental archaeology is achieved by the development of new methods such as conscious use of anachronisms, renewal of techniques for document- ing and communicating experiments, and use of the human body and senses as an experimental field. The success of this approach is dependent upon cooperation between archaeological open-air muse- ums and sites conducting experimental archaeology, and archaeologi- cal departments at universities that are willing to maintain, develop and renew research and education in the direction of a humanistic experimental archaeology. (Less)
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Experimental Archaeology – Between Enlightenment and Experience
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Petersson, Bodil and Narmo, Lars Erik
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62
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27 - 48
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Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University
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