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The End of an Era: A Year in Perspective

The End of an Era: A Year in Perspective

On the 16th of August I handed in my master thesis, titled ‘The Ironworker’s Craft’, which I submitted at University College Dublin, as the final part of the MSc in Experimental Archaeology in Material Culture. Thus ends an 18 year period of my life, which was mostly spent in various educational institutions, although those who know me can testify, that I was quite proficient at distracting myself with various ‘side projects’ during that period. Six years of this period were…

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Why Authenticity Matters: A Letter to Reenactors & Event Organizers

Why Authenticity Matters: A Letter to Reenactors & Event Organizers

Various ‘historical festivals’ are spreading across Europe like wildfire. They seem to be spreading from the north to the south with the medieval festival/market/experience being the most common culprit in Central Europe. While some of these events have standing traditions, a lot of them sprung up in the last few years. I have attended one of these events last summer, just before I left Slovenia behind. Until that point, I have largely abstained from partaking in reenactment in that part…

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How to Become a Modern Viking: A Beginner’s Guide to Living History

How to Become a Modern Viking: A Beginner’s Guide to Living History

There has been a big upsurge of living history events across Europe over the last few years as well as a rising popular interest in the Viking Age. A lot of this might be fuelled by the roaring success of a certain, glaringly unhistorical, TV show. At the same time, a lot of archaeologists are realizing that living history happens to be a very effective way of promoting cultural heritage. Whatever the reason, a lot people now show an interest…

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A Warm Welcome

A Warm Welcome

All grace goes to the givers. A guest has arrived, but where shall we sit him? Anxious is he who sits at the heart to test his mettle. A fire is the first thing a wanderer wants if frozen to the knee. Dry garb and grub are a must for whoever’s come over the mountains. Water is a want for someone who’s come for a meal, a towel and a warm welcome. Good nature, if they can get it, both…

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