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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).



20.5. - 25.5.2018


Experimental archeology I: Salt and Copper

Steaming brine and red-hot metal - How did people once obtain the essential salt far away from the sea and mines? How did they extract the first copper? How did they alloy bronze? Swiss and German experimental archeologists share their knowledge with you about these fascinating technologies.

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© Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/G. Schöbel



26.5. - 1.6.2018


Experimental archeology 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.

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Faser und Bastverarbeitung

© Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/F. Müller



2.7. -


Experimental archeology III: Fire

You can´t start a fire without a spark. But how can you produce sparks without matches or a lighter? Give wood, stones, air or even ice a try! You are wondering how? Our French expert is happy to explain and show it to you.

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© Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/F. Müller



9.7. - 13.7.2018


Experimental archeology IV: Flint and rocks

Fine arrowheads, sharp axes and heavy millstones – Let experimental archaeologists visiting from Norway and other parts of Germany show you the fascinating techniques used to make important tools out of stone in the Stone Age. Please participate and try out!

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© Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/G. Schöbel



30.7. - 5.8.2018


Experimental archeology V: Amber, Glass and Fabric

Shining amber from faraway countries, blue glass and coloured fabrics – Latvian and German experts present a colourful and wide ranging program about the production of clothing and jewellery – from the smallest pearl to the woven and dyed garment.

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selbstgemachte Glasperle

© Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/G. Schöbel



6.8. - 12.8.2018


Experimental archeology VI: Antler and Bone

Whether needles, harpoonheads or axes: bone and antler were important raw materials for the production of tools as well as jewellery in prehistory. Learn about and experiment with the help of stone age expert „Blumammu“.

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Werkzeuge aus Knochen und Geweih

© S. Böhm



13.8. - 19.8.2018


Experimental archeology VII: Bread and Stew

Separating the wheat from the chaff, grinding grain and backing bread at on open fire or prehistoric oven – Try your hand at stone  age styled cooking and earn your bread the old way.

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Getreidmahlen à la Steinzeit

© Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/G. Schöbel





Best of Experimental archeology (Experimental archeology VIII)

Everyday materials like wood, bone, stone and fibres as well as extravagant materials such as amber, glass, salt and bronze - today we present  a best of the results and experiences we gained during the last months from experimental archeologists from different European countries working with the different materials.

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Experimentelle Archäoogie in Europa - Best-of © Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen/Schulz-Friese



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