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Book: The Five-Minute Archaeologist in the Southern Levant

Chapter: 38. What is Experimental Archaeology?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.27890


Experimental archaeology is a valuable approach to understanding ancient technology. By re-creating or replicating ancient artifacts and installations, archaeologists gain insights into how people made and used a variety of things in the past. Replicating traditional cooking and baking, flint knapping, metal working, and glassblowing allows archaeologists to gain first-hand experience with these technologies and consider archaeological problems from a different perspective.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jennie Ebeling ( - jebeling) 'University of Evansville'