Our vision: A specialist unit for experimental archaeology

Experimental archaeology (EA) is constantly gaining in importance as a sub-discipline of archaeology. Through the use of scientific methods, techniques or analyses and by means of controlled reproducible experimentation, EA reviews archaeological interpretations and in doing so leads to new archaeological and historical findings.

In Switzerland, experimental archaeology remains relatively unestablished in university research and training, in archaeotechnology as well as education through museums and archaeological parks. This affects the acquisition of knowledge from the rich archaeological heritage on Swiss territory and impedes the historically correct access of broad sections of the population to concrete facts of life and work of former times.

To promote the professionalisation and embedment of experimental archaeology in Switzerland we therefore plan to establish a specialist unit which will perform the necessary tasks on the basis of scientifically solid approaches. The specialist unit will be committed to all regions of Switzerland, all historical epochs, all relevant scientific disciplines as well as research, education and museum communication.

Therefore the specialist unit is part of the overall strategy of “Experimental Archaeology Switzerland (EAS)” Gesamtstrategie von "Experimentelle
Archäologie Schweiz (EAS)"
(only in German)

Our key strategic focuses are:

  • Promotion of EA in science, research and education
  • Furthering the dissemination of EA's findings and knowledge about historical techniques
  • Advancement of national and international collaboration
  • Promotion of standards of quality
  • Management of an information-, counselling- and documentation centre (specialist unit)

To exploit synergies, the specialist unit of EAS should cooperate with a university and/ or a museum. Concrete cooperation agreements are currently being investigated.