Forging Ahead!

EXARC Conference goes world wide!

EXARC is undertaking an unprecedented event featuring researchers in experimental archaeology from around the world. It’s an event that’s not to be missed! Rather than the usual sequence of presentations, EXARC is starting at the International Dateline and following the sun around the world with presentations beginning in Australia and continuing westwards as the day progresses. It’s a great opportunity to see presentations from people who normally wouldn’t be able to travel to the major European or North American conferences and it’s all delivered straight to your computer at home!

I’ll be presenting on Wednesday 31 March with a short film about Late Archaic copper working in the Lake Superior region of North America. It’s not generally known that there was a Copper Age in the middle of North America that occurred 5000 years ago, so I am taking the opportunity to talk about the artefacts and demonstrate a little metalworking in a short video. At the end of the session there will be time for live questions and answers.

Check out the full schedule here.


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2 thoughts on “Forging Ahead!”

  1. Dear Giovanna,

    My name is Josanna Simpson and I work in the Curriculum Department of The Institute of Reading Development, an education-based company located in Northern California, USA. Currently I am project manager for the creation of a textbook on World History for middle school students that our company plans to publish in-house. I found your blog posting entitled “World’s Oldest Needle” contained an excellent photograph of the bone needle in question. This image would be extremely helpful for our chapter on the Paleolithic Period. May we have permission to reuse this image? Our textbook has a planned publication date of Fall 2020 and an estimated first print run of 5000. If we may have permission to use the image, please let me know how the image should be credited and if any royalties are required. Below is the link to the article in question:


    Josanna Simpson, Curriculum Department
    Institute of Reading Development

    1. I am afraid that the photograph is not mine and came from an article in the Siberian Times. I had the link to the article in my post, bit it appeared to have been lost. Last year my website crashed and I learned too late that my hosting service did not provide backups. Most of my website was reconstructed from the Internet Archives. While it was a godsend, they cannot do everything, and so I lost a lot of details such as links and captions. I have fixed the post now and have the link provided again. Thanks for your interest in my post.

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