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Experimental Archaeology - Any Ideas??
#21
all good stuff
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#22
So what we should really do is get together a wish-list of things-to-do-with-posts and write a research-design as a template/tick-list for the next time such an opportunity comes up? :face-approve:

Actually it's Friday night, I'm knackered and can't decide whether to reach for the soap or the wine first - will mull it over while potwashing tomorrow....
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#23
and don't forget to look into previous research so you don't make the same mistakes in research design but your results are comparable. That would be nice!
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#24
Mark Butler, Chair of http://www.rearc.us says:

After thinking about this some, basically I would suggest developing an educational program that may look something like this:

  1. Create a “known” archaeological based scenario that requires the recognition of an unresolved problem.
  2. This “site” posses an element(s) that will require one or more reconstructive experiment(s) to resolve.
  3. Develop a testable hypothesis(s) that would resolve the conundrum
  4. Test the hypothesis via experimentation.
  5. Record the experiment thoroughly and postulate additional research possibilities
I would choose something that the students would be able to accomplish in the time allowed… but nothing that would require accumulated physical experience/skills in order to test (such as metallurgy, flintknapping, etc). Several scenarios come to mind such as certain construction elements that could be done on a small scale to extrapolate data from.
Questions for the students to ask such as: how do you think it looked?; how do you think it was constructed?; how would you design an experiment to test these theories?; would be part of the class experience
Models can be constructed out of many things such as foam core; cardboard; etc.
Hope this helps you a little.
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#25
Yes, let's recreate Thermopylae in Croydon.
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#26
....yeah...foam core...
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#27
archaeomike Wrote:Yes, let's recreate Thermopylae in Croydon.

The Aegean, cliffs, mountains and hot springs might present a bit of a challenge to the students? And wasn't it a big stone wall Leonidas et al were cowering behind (mysteriously missed out in 300, although seen briefly in the 'proper' (but equally camp) 1960s film) - what's that got to do with experimental archaeology on posts? }Smile
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#28
back to the original question - what did you finally plan and do?
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