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CALL. 15.02.2019: [SESSION 4] Experimental and Experiential Archaeology (ASOR 2019) - San Diego (CA,




LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Westin San Diego Hotel (San Diego, CA, USA)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Tracy L. Spurrier (University of Toronto).

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This session will feature recent research involving experimental and experiential archaeology projects. This type of work allows archaeologists to put themselves into the past to better understand the production processes of everyday life activities, and to attempt to access ancient human existence, albeit through the lens of our modern perspectives. Experimental and experiential archaeology projects test archaeological interpretations of ancient manufacture by reconstructing objects and recreating their production methods. Through the experiments, one can try to identify the intentions and goals involved in ancient production and to understand the limitations and challenges that may have been present throughout these processes. This includes, but is not limited to, craft production, food preparation, building construction, tool making, technological innovations, and much more. The act itself of conducting an experiment replicating past procedures, as opposed to simply studying them, allows for greater insight into the complexity of the overall process as well as personally experiencing the physicality of a task and other related sensations. The outcomes of experimental and experiential archaeology projects are invaluable for many reasons: testing hypotheses about ancient manufacture, use as pedagogical tools for education purposes, for creating accurate living history museums, and in simulation models and exercises.

To submit an abstract of 250 words or less, please use ASOR’s Online Abstract Submission Site, the deadline is February 15, 2019: Note: ASOR membership and registration are required for participation and must be current at the time of abstract submission. For any questions, please contact Tracy L. Spurrier (

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