YEAR Centre

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Contact details:

Director: Dr Aimée Little

Co-Director: Dr Andy Needham

Technical Assisstant: Andy Langley

YEAR (York Experimental Archaeological Research) Centre has an outdoor experimental archaeology workspace on campus. Nestled in amongst a grove of protected trees adjacent to the lake, this is an ideal space for conducting experiments, teaching and running workshops relating to material culture.

At what feels and looks very much like a prehistoric campsite, students can experience first-hand what it would have been like to craft objects in the past using traditional techniques; for example, firing a pot, hafting an arrowhead, or weaving a basket out of reeds. As well as the fun of making stuff fireside, students are taught how to design, implement and use scientific methods to document their experiments.

Conveniently, the data produced can be easily transported to the nearby Environment Centre where BioArCh will be housed for more detailed analysis using state-of the art microscopic equipment and biomolecular techniques.

The YEAR Centre has institutional membership with EXARC - the ICOM Affiliated Organisation representing archaeological open-air museums, experimental archaeology, ancient technology and interpretation.