Getting hands-on experience
'It was established to study the role of buildings in archaeological interpretation.'
The crannog reconstruction was based on underwater excavations and aimed to rediscover how the ancient farmers had managed to build their homes on stilts in the water. The project involved students during the building, and continues to involve them in experimental aspects of Iron Age technologies at the Scottish Crannog Centre.
Edinburgh students also participated in the Lemba Archaeological Project, from which the Lemba experimental village was created near Paphos in Cyprus. The village comprises reconstructions of early farming and village communities dating to the Chalcolithic period in Cypriot prehistory, about 3800-2500 BC. It has been running for nearly 15 years and was established to study the role of buildings in archaeological interpretation and their impact on the formation of archaeological sites.