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Versuch - Rekonstruktion - Experiment. Zur Begrifflichkeit aus Sicht der Rekonstruierenden Archäologie, Bereich Textil

Author(s): Claudia Merthen

Year: 2013

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The focus of this article lies on two topics concerning German "Experimental Archaeology". First the definition of terms used for several activities but not clear fixed in their significance. Second, their use within the reconstructive work on textiles will be analysed. Trials are tests to gain knowledge and experiences in prehistoric and ancient crafts, techniques and technologies. They are a matter of approaching, the testers are looking for answers to their questions by trial and error. Trials say much about tester's abilities and skills, and they can have different scopes from simple and short to complex and long lasting. Reconstructions require to some extent crafts and experiences, knowledge in technical processes and technology and a theoretical basis such as terminology. They have a specific aim depending on what will be done with the object afterwards. Experiments must have specific quality standards to be called "experiments", all above the relevance for archaeology. Experimental archaeology as a method of archaeology contains Reconstructive Archaeology as one of its fields such as parts of Archaeotechnique and Archaeological Education and Demonstration and within them trials, reconstructions and experiments. Reflecting one's own projects from time to time it is necessary to bear all these terms and fields in mind ot find one's place within Experimental Archaeology.

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Versuch - Rekonstruktion - Experiment. Zur Begrifflichkeit aus Sicht der Rekonstruierenden Archäologie, Bereich Textil. Claudia Merthen. Experimentelle Archäologie in Europa Bilanz 2013. 12: 147-159. 2013 ( tDAR id: 424909)


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min long: 5.865; min lat: 47.275 ; max long: 15.034; max lat: 55.057 ;

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Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager

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ExArc Id(s): 14028


Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America