Experimental Archaeology

Is "experimental archaeology” just a technical term for cooking on open fire, archery or bronze casting? - Far from it!

Behind all these activities lies time-intensive research, scientific experiments as well as craftsmanship skills acquired through longtime practice. Experimental archaeology explores manufacturing and operation principles of archaeological remains, examines how theoretical models will work out in the field and thereby gives us new insights.

EAS is a association founded in 1998 to promote experimental archaeology. EAS connects people that are active in one or more of the three sections - "researching & experimenting”, "reconstructing & replicating” or "experiencing & understanding”.

Our members are active in museums or museum education, work as archaeologists for archaeology departments of different cantons, in research, or as specialized craftsmen. They carry out scientific experiments, create reconstructions, teach craft skills or illustrate aspects of social life; for example at museum events, in schools or in courses.

In addition, EAS maintains close links to relevant organisations.

Assessment of the status of experimental archaeology in Switzerland

Results of a podium discussion on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting on March 27 2010

The exhibition on lake dwellings on the „Landiwiese“ in Zürich in 1990 was an important event for experimental archaeology in Switzerland. To discuss if impulses from that time are still in effect and which perspectives arise for the future, the executive committee of the Consortium for Experimental Archaeology (AEAS) organised a podium discussion in Olten on March 27 2010.

Standortbestimmung zur Experimentellen Archäologie in der Schweiz (PDF) (German only)