26th Archaeology and Theory symposium – Stichting Archaeological Dialogues – 17 April 2019

Reconstructions of the Past

How do we make them and do they matter?

Credits: 1 EC for attending and handing in a reflection report.

Registration: Register here before 10 April 2019.

Date & Time: 17 April 2019

Location: Leiden University, Pieter de la Court Gebouw (Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden), room SB11

Fee:  ARCHON reimburses the €25 fee.

Archaeology studies the past through material remains of this same past, but these material remains only go so far. A leap of imagination is required to bridge the gap between the soil marks interpreted as post-holes and the reconstructed shape of the house that occupies the mind of the lay visitor to a site, the reconstruction drawing at the site, but also the scholarly discussion of whether they would have had conical or domed roofs. This reconstructive gap between the physical evidence and interpretation is the subject of the 25th Archaeology and Theory symposium organised by Stichting Archaeological Dialogues on April 17th 2019 at the University of Leiden.

09.15-10.15 – Registration, coffee
10.15-10.30 – Opening
10.30-11.00 – Nomen est omen? Facial reconstructions to mediate between past and present. Karla de Roest (University of Groningen)
11.00-11.30 – When reconstruction drawings mislead. Ian Longhurst (Independent researcher)
11.30-12.00 – The Art of Perception in Archaeological Visualisations. Kelvin Wilson (Independent researcher)
12.00-13.15 –  Lunch
13.15-13.45 – Limitations and possibilities in experimental archaeology and live interpretation, Roeland Paardekooper (EXARC, University of Exeter)
13.45-14.15 – On some adventures of rebuilding the Lower German Limes. Interpretation, Framework, Curatorship, Zwammerdam Ships and Contributing Archaeology. Tom Hazenberg (1Arch/Hazenberg Archeologie; National Roman Maritime Museum; Leiden University, guest researcher)
14.15-14.45 – The Talking Dead: the tale of a Mycenaean young man. Despoinia Sampatakou (Nottingham University)
14.45-15.15 – Tea break
15.15-15.45 – An artistic approach to deconstructing the past. Celine Murphy (Heritage Management Organisation Athens)
15.45-16.15 – The lie that tells the truth. Daan van Helden (University of Leicester)
16.15-16.45 – The Future of Heritage in Post-Conflict Syria. Nour A. Munawar (University of Amsterdam)
16.45-17.00 Final Discussion
17.00 Drinks reception

Abstracts can be found here