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Experimental Archaeologists: Investigating the Past by Recreating It

80beatsBy Valerie RossJuly 19, 2011 8:56 PM


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Most archaeologists dig up the past, examining artifacts for clues---but experimental archaeologists build the past from the ground up, testing out what they can make and do using the same tools and techniques ancient peoples did. Brandon Keim at Wired Science has compiled a fascinating collection of these studies, following scientists as they sail the South Pacific on rafts of balsa wood, hunt deer with flint-tipped spears, and build smoky fires to keep warm through the Scandinavian winter (above). [See the rest at Wired Science.]

Image: Liedgren & Östlund,

Journal of Archaeological Science, 2011

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