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Tuesday, September 11, 2018


A number of people who are involved in DARC's experimental archaeology projects will be delivering sessions at the conference (marked with bold type below)

Darrell will be undertaking a full demonstration bloomery iron smelt as part of the 'outreach' side of this coming weekend's new CAMELOT conference:
The building a 'norse short shaft' furnace on FRIDAY.
The full smelting process will be undertaken SUNDAY, with extraction of the bloom intended for roughly the end of the day's sessions (about 5 pm +).

There will be some limited opportunities for conference members to directly participate. Those hoping to become involved should come dressed in 'work clothes' (must be all natural fibre, leather boots). Other safety gear will be provided.

This marks the first time this experimental archaeology process has been demonstrated at an academic conference in Canada.

CAMELOT is the continuation of the long running 'Forward Into the Past' event.
For it's initial year, registration for the conference is FREE (via their web site).

The core of the conference is a full series of academic type paper presentations, by senior students, independent researchers, and academics. This allows for topics of interest to a wide range of people, from the general public through to the professional.

This is the published outline of sessions :

Preliminary Conference Schedule
Session 1: Military
9:00 - 10:30
·       Damien Cole – The fyrd: Anglo-Saxon military organisation, recruitment, and the                                         deployment of different types of units on the ancient English battlefield

·       Daniel Hutter – The Varangian Guard
·       Ben Hennin - influences of Homeric/Roman Epic poetry on the medieval Song of Roland
Session 2: Archaeology
10:45 – 12:15
·       Andrew Moore - Archaeology and the Hill Figures of England: Ancient Giants or Early                                                                     Modern Satire?

·       Rachel Cogswell – Exploring Non-Ferrous Metalworking in Sweden, 500 – 798 CE
·       David Miles – The art of smithing: social perspectives of practitioners in the Middle Ages
Session 3: Travel
10:45 – 12:15
·       Daphne Van Delst –Medieval Badges
·       Augustine Dickinson – Ethiopian manuscripts: importance and analyzation
·       Alexander Bucholtz – King Sigurd I of Norway: Scandinavian participation in Iberian and Middle Eastern crusading
Session 4: Demonstrations
1:30 - 2:15
·       Wendy Maurice – How I grew a Tunic
·       Jean RossThe Making of a Treasure Necklace based upon the Hon Hoard
·       Colleen Moynham – Brass Rubbing
Session 5: A Medieval Miscellany
2:30 – 4:00
·       David Porecca - Picatrix: A Medieval Grimoire of Astral Magic
·       Neil Peterson - The Big Burn: Report on a pilot bead furnace
·       Andrei Tudor – Ancient Thracian deities and Greek/Roman deities: a comparative study


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