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Lake Dwelling Kids Club

26.5. - 1.6.2018

Experimental archeology in Europe - experiencing knowledge

Even back in the Stone Age about 6000 years ago, present day Europe was connected by a network of trade routes. Flintstone, copper, amber and in later times tin, glass and iron as well as textiles were traded over long distances. Experimental archeologists study the craftsmanship and skills that are necessary for the exploitation and processing of these raw materials. Demonstrations give a particular vivid picture of their research results for a young and old audience.

The project «Experimental archeology in Europe – experiencing knowlegde» comprises  a series of events, in which specialists from different European countries present their knowledge and experiences – you are welcome to participate! Simultaneuosly learning stations are developed to guarantee a long-lasting mediacy. The series of events is supplemented by a conference of the «European association for the advancement of archaeology by experiment» (EXAR) which enables  the exchange of new research approaches and results on a scientific level.

Throughout the series of events experiments with  different materials will take place in the open air museum.

This project is a contribution to the European year of cultural heritage „Sharing Heritage 2018“ and is funded by the federal minister for culture and media (BKM).

Sharing Heritage - Europäisches Kulturjahr 2018

Bundesministerium für Kultur und Medien

part II: Fibres and Wood

In prehistory fibres and wood were ubiquitous and very important materials. Look over the shoulders of experts visiting from Austria and learn about, watch and try the various ways objects and tools were made out of these materials back then.



In the stone age (Neolithic approx. 5500 – 2200 BC) one would use wooden axes, chisels made out of bone or flintstone knifes to cut down trees and for wood working. Later on, in the bronze age (approx. 2200 – 800 BC) the axes were made out of bronze. Even axes made out of relatively soft copper are more efficient than those made out of stone, because they are flatter and the wood fibres are cut through. With stone axes the fibers are more stemmed up and pried open.

Also new in the bronze age were draw blades and saws. With a bit of skill and experience (or with good tutelage) this tools can be used to this day to made out of bowl, nails, beater (spruce) or spoons out of.

Check out our youtube videos to see how our expert visitors worked with the tools of the stone age and bronze age:

Video: Production of a wooden bowl with tools made out of bronze  (please open the link in a new tab)
Video: Production of a wooden beater (spruce) with flintstone (please open the link in a new tab)
Video: Production of a wooden spoon (please open the link in a new tab)
Video: Production of a wooden nail (please open the link in a new tab)



From the bast of lime and oak trees not only vests, capes, caps or shoes were made out of but also strings and ropes. This was important for the construction of the houses. To hold together the piles and elements of one Lake Dwelling house about 1 km of strings and ropes are needed. 

The main material for weaving textiles was linen/flax.

check out our video: Production of a rope out of lime bast  (please open the link in a new tab)



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