Wow! I got back from the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference on Sunday evening, and it's taken a few days for me to collect my thoughts. I was presenting a paper on 'Teaching and learning in Experimental Archaeology' (abstract here), which is one of the reasons I have been quiet recently. Along with proof-reading and chapter-writing… Continue reading 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference, York, 2012
A couple of weeks ago I was very pleased to find out that my paper had been accepted at the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference in York, 6th-7th January 2012. Teaching and learning practices are something I've become really interested in, after studying for the HEA qualification earlier this year. During this summer's experimental work I… Continue reading Teaching and learning styles in Experimental Archaeology
Below is the abstract I submitted for the 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference. Learning and teaching in experimental archaeology The ways in which past peoples communicated knowledge is of considerable importance to studies of technological processes, and is an area in which experimental archaeology could prove highly informative. Whilst some teaching of experimental work takes place… Continue reading 6th Experimental Archaeology Conference – abstract
At the very beginning of term the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, runs an experimental archaeology course colloquially referred to as 'PrimTech'. It's been running since 1982, when I am reliably informed Peter Drewitt was in charge, and takes all of the first year undergraduates away camping for a long weekend at a small scout camp… Continue reading UCL Primtech 2011 – running the metalworking sessions
As part of this summer's efforts to get out of the lab, away from uni and learn new things (my version of going on excavation) I have just returned from an extremely intensive and exhausting three days learning the basic smithing techniques required to make a sword in an Iron Age style. That's right people… Continue reading Smithing course!
I'm just back from a week in Cornwall doing some 'hobby foundry' work. The aim of the week was to build a functional charcoal-fuelled furnace and cast some small objects in brass. Calling it 'experimental archaeology' would be a bit false, considering we used a iron tuyure pipe, a brick-built furnace and a hoover, but… Continue reading Quick Update: Furnace Building and Teaching Thoughts