Organisation of Archaeological Open-air Museums and Experimental Archaeology
EXARC is affiliated to ICOM, the International Council of Museums, and an active and vibrant network of professionals worldwide, who are involved in the archaeological open-air museums and the experimental archaeology practices, and exchange their knowledge, experience, best practices and a wealth of tips & tricks, with the aim to improve the quality of their own experimental activities and the standards of the open-air museums.
The EXARC community consists of about 250 members in 30+ countries and of 4 internal branches devoted to: Archaeological Open-Air Museums, Experimental Archaeology, Ancient Technology and Interpretation. Themes cover not only public archaeology, experimental archaeology, skills, living history and interpretation, but also exchange of staff, dialogue with visitors, marketing & communication and of course museum management. Since its beginning, EXARC has initiated a number of international projects, some of which were funded by the European Union. New ideas are continuously developed and openly discussed by the members of the organisation.
A special type of Open-air Museums is the Archaeological Open-air Museum, which is defined as a non-profit permanent institution with outdoor true to scale architectural reconstructions primarily based on archaeological sources. It holds collections of intangible heritage resources and provides an interpretation of how people lived and acted in the past. This is accomplished according to sound scientific methods for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment of its visitors (EXARC, http://exarc.net/lexicon/6).
Finally EXARC publishes also the “EXARC Journal”, the leading journal for those involved in experimental archaeology or archaeological open-air museums, featuring the latest developments in fieldwork, academic research, museum studies, living history interpretation and ancient technology.
Info & Contact
R.P. Paardekooper MA
Address: Canadastraat 21, 5651 CE Eindhoven