Week 9 Group F Data Report: Turf Building

This was, admittedly, not the optimal week for me to be data reporter since I left the lab early, but in the time I was there, I recorded what I could! This was mainly observational/qualitative data, and does not lend itself to graphical summaries. The first thing I observed was the size of our blocks.…

Week 8 Group E Lab Data

Introduction Week 8, over Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17, our class built a reconstruction of the Viking-era tent discovered at the Oseberg archaeological site, scaled down to 60%. This reconstruction process took approximately three and a half hours on Thursday and an additional hour on Friday. The following report details the data of…

Groups C&D Lab Data: Week 8 (Woodworking)

On Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 of Week 8, our Experimental Archaeology/Experiential History course reconstructed the Viking-era tent found at the Oseberg archaeological site. This week, we focused on constructing the wooden supports of the tent, and we will experiment with the feasibility of creating turf walls for the tent to craft the…

Week 7 Data Report: Group D

This week, our Thursday lab was centered around the medieval (and early modern) technology of blacksmithing. Special guest blacksmith Martin Pansch taught us the process of heating up our fires and forging roves (square washers) and nails for construction. This was largely an experiential lab, with it almost impossible to collect unique hard data and…

Week 7 Lab Data Group D: Blacksmithing

Since we had fewer forges than groups, group D split up and joined other groups. Thus, this data will be another compilation of lab data from group E, the group that I joined. Additionally, the temperature readings were wildly inconsistent. We had access to two laser thermometers which often had readings over 100°C apart. It…