SINTA Studies in the Arts

Lecture & Workshop

Experimental Archaeology – Replicating past objects, behaviors, and processes

Donnerstag, 21.10.2021 - Freitag, 22.10.2021

Rabab-Bau in Marokko 2015, Foto: A. Shiki

Public lecture and workshop within the series "Topics, Theories and Methods of the Humanities, Cultural and Social Sciences" of the doctoral program Studies in the Arts SINTA.

Veranstaltende: Studies in the Arts SINTA | Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities | Walter Benjamin Kolleg
Redner, Rednerin: James R. Mathieu
Datum: 21.10.2021 - 22.10.2021
Uhrzeit: 18:15 Uhr
Ort: online
WBKolleg Uni Tobler
Muesmattstrasse 45
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Experimental archaeology is a sub-field of archaeological research that uses different methods, techniques, analyses, and approaches within the context of a controllable imitative experiment. The goal is to replicate past phenomena – including objects, behaviors, processes, and even systems – to generate and test hypotheses about analogies used for archaeological interpretation. Experimental archaeology is typically undertaken by people looking for data from which to infer interpretations or by those looking to understand processes and/or test hypotheses about the past. This lecture will present different experiments undertaken by archaeologists and explore how experimentation in archaeology is conceptualized and performed. It will discuss the nature of the results produced by experimental archaeology and will emphasize the role experimentation can play in helping us understand the context of past activities.

Lecture and Workshop

James Mathieu (PhD, Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania) is a specialist in complex societies, spatial analysis, castle studies, and experimental archaeology. He served as the head of collections, publications, and digital media at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for many years and is currently a consulting scholar at the same museum.


Please send an email if you would like to attend the lecture and workshop, so we can send you the zoom link: For the workshop please register additionally via KSL.

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