The Constructed Past: Experimental Archaeology, Education and the Public (One World Archaeology)
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The Constructed Past presents group of powerful images of the past, termed in the book construction sites. At these sites, full scale, three-dimensional images of the past have been created for a variety of reasons including archaeological experimentation, tourism and education.
Using various case studies, the contributors frankly discuss the aims, problems and mistakes experienced with reconstruction. They encourage the need for on-going experimentation and examine the various uses of the sites; political, economical and educational.
deserted medieval village. The play area made extensive use of timber and stone and was designed around the theme of a ruined dovecote, timber hall and giant nine-mens morris board laid out in paving slabs. The third play area is based on Roman pottery kilns found in the area and incorporates designs based on kiln furniture and Roman ceramics. All the constructions have been designed to comply with stringent standards of health and safety for play equipment. The project design envisages
techniques capable of extracting whatever information the ground had to offer, and the knowledge to make full use of both artefactual and documentary data to accurately interpret the cultural history of eighteenthcentury Williamsburg. The first calls for prior experience in excavating American urban sites, and the second for a catholic knowledge of British and American artefacts from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Kimball’s choice had command of none of these. Prentice Van Walbeck
Wanamaker’s daughter) pressed for the excavation as well. Any further excavation is likely to raise questions about the reconstructed Globe—but the real question is, will it be possible, if new information does come to light, to change what has now been built? The completion of the two theatre excavations did add, for the first time, an archaeological dimension to the process of reconstruction, and added physical evidence (not always helpfully) to the debate about the nature of the theatres’
machine In order to prepare the twentieth-century visitor for their ‘time travel’, the Dutch pavilion from Expo in Spain, held in Seville in 1992, was acquired. It is used as the entrance building to the whole site and a spectacular time machine has been installed inside. Visitors can take a journey through time, from the ARCHEON IN THE NETHERLANDS 173 period of the beginning of the planet Earth to the evolution of the human species. On the fourth floor, 15 m above the park, a special area
reconstructed. One is open to the public, one is being built and visitors can join in the building process, and a third has been reconstructed as a ruin. A Bronze Age house was built in 1996. 174 G. IJZEREEF Figure 11.1 The reconstructed mesolithic village of Bergumermeer The Roman period The Roman period concentrates on an imaginary town called ‘Trajectum ad Rhenum’ with the house of the local potter, a taverna, a bathhouse, a temple, a forum, and an amphitheatre. Evidence from two Roman