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June 2 - June 29, 2013
The experimental study of prehistoric architecture and building techniques is more of a long term endeavor. We are interested in the destruction patterns of such structures. Our goal is to generate in a controlled environment the remains we find in excavations. As a result, we will build several wall fragments and small houses in a wattle and daub technique, and we will destroy them through different techniques while recording the result. We are also interested to explore taphonomic processes that would impact the partially and/or completely destroyed wattle and daub elements and structures.
Participants will be involved in all stages of the experiment, from collecting the clay and manufacturing the daub, to creating the wattle infrastructure and apply the structural clay, to the destruction process and the experimental archaeological recording of destruction results.