Topic ID #27027 - posted 2/13/2013 1:36 PM

Experimental Archaeology & Beer Production Field School 2013



harparchaeology

Website: http://www.harparchaeology.co.uk/field-schools/experimental-archaeology-beer-production-1 
email: harparchaeology@gmail.com

HARP will be running an Experimental Archaeology Field School in the village of Kissonerga, Cyprus in August 2013. 

The Field School aims to recreate an installation that was likely used for beer production in the Middle Bronze Age. The original structure has been excavated as part of a research excavation run by Dr. Lindy Crewe of the University of Manchester since 2007.

The site of Kissonerga-Skalia is a Middle Bronze Age settlement that has revealed a series of domestic dwellings that were superseded by a phase of monumental construction. The village of Kissonerga is incredibly rich in archaeological sites with some of the worlds oldest Neolithic wells at Kissonerga-Mylouthkia, the Chalcolithic settlement of Kissonerga-Mosphillia, as well as the settlement of Skalia. 

The original installation was constructed out of mud plaster and would have had a domed roof. The structure contained a series of pot lined pits and a sunken fire pit that would have heated the main chamber of the structure.

During beer production, partially germinated or malted grains are added to water and heated to make a 'mash' and wort, a sticky viscous liquid. Prior to making the 'mash', the germination process of the grains needs to be stopped, this is usually done by drying the grains rapidly. It is believed that the heat generated within the main chamber of the installation at Skalia would be sufficient to dry out the germinated grains before making the 'mash'.  
Following this stage the fermentation process can begin in order to produce beer. 

In 2013 we are running two projects with slightly different goals, but both with the aim of improving our understanding of beer production and consumption in Bronze Age Cyprus.

Field School 1

The aims of the first Field School are to build a second installation using slightly different construction techniques than in 2012 and to produce beer using methods likely dating back to the Bronze Age.  The 2012 kiln and the 2013 kiln will be used to dry malted grains before the grains are crushed using traditional techniques.  The crushed malt will then be used to make beer using locally sourced ingredients and traditional brewing techniques.

Participants will learn and apply experimental archaeology building techniques in order to recreate a fully functional installation. Alongside this participants will also be provided with practical workshops that will teach them archaeological recording techniques, as well as visiting a number of local sites and seminars that will put their work into the context of the local archaeological record and the archaeology of Cyprus as a whole.

The Field School is ideal for all levels of archaeology students, particularly those with an interest in experimental archaeology or the archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East,  as well as anyone with an interest in the subject or looking to become more involved in learning about archaeology.

Field School 2

The aims of the second Field School are to further investigate the brewing process and ingredient sources in Bronze Age Cyprus.  Different techniques will be employed to investigate all stages of the beer production process from the sourcing of ingredients, both wild and domesticated, to the germination of the grain, through to the mashing and fermentation processes.  Techniques will be recreated using evidence from Kissonerga-Skalia as well as from a series of Bronze Age scenic compositions believed to be associated with feasting and beer production/consumption.

Participants will learn and apply experimental archaeology techniques in the processing of food crops and beer production using traditional techniques.  Participants will be involved in creating a set of Bronze Age brewing equipment and using them to create a series of Bronze Age beers.  There will also be a set of field trips used to investigate and source the ingredients used for beer production.  Alongside this participants will also be provided with practical workshops that will teach them archaeological recording techniques, as well as visiting a number of local sites and seminars that will put their work into the context of the local archaeological record and the archaeology of Cyprus as a whole.

The Field School is ideal for all levels of archaeology students, particularly those with an interest in experimental archaeology or the archaeology of the Mediterranean and Near East, as well as beer enthusiasts and those wanting to learn more about prehistoric brewing techniques.

During the summer temperatures can reach up to 38 degrees and the climate is humid, so be prepared! We are however only a stones throw away from the Mediterranean, a great way to relax with a beer after a day in the sun, heat and mud!

Dates

Field School 1 will be running from Wednesday 31st July to Wednesday 14th August with participants arriving on the 31st and departing on the 14th.

Field School 2 will be running from Friday 16th August to Thursday 29th August with participants arriving on the 16th and departing on the 29th.

Accommodation

Accommodation for Field School 1 will be provided in the Kissonerga Village School.  The accommodation will be dormitory style and mattresses will be provided.  Participants will need to bring their own bedding/sleeping bags and can bring tents if greater privacy is required, however open air sleeping is recommended due to the heat. Food will be provided in the form of on site picnic lunches and evening meals on work days. The school has full cooking facilities and there is a local supermarket and a number of nearby tavernas for days off. All transport to and from site and on site visits will be provided, airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Accommodation for Field School 2 will be provided at the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre, located 4km north of Paphos and in the village next to Kissonerga. Mattresses and blankets will be provided for sleeping on the roof of the dig house under grape vines and the stars. Participants will need to bring their own bedding/sleeping bags and can bring tents if greater privacy is required, however open air sleeping is recommended due to the heat. Food will be provided in the form of on site picnic lunches and evening meals on work days. The dig house has full cooking facilities and there is a local supermarket and a number of nearby tavernas for days off. All transport to and from site and on site visits will be provided, airport transfers can be arranged on request.

Alternative accommodation for both field schools can be arranged on request at an extra cost.

Costs

Field School 1 - Costs for the Field School are £380 (sterling) per person and participation is required for the full two weeks. Costs include all course fees, transport to and from site and on site visits, accommodation, and food on work days. Transport to and from Cyprus is not included. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required on acceptance to secure your place. Participants will also need to bring spending money for personal expenses, food and transport/activities on days off.  Places are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of the deposit.



Field School 2 - Costs for the Field School are £400 (sterling) per person and participation is required for the full two weeks. Costs include all course fees, transport to and from site and on site visits, accommodation, and food on work days. Transport to and from Cyprus is not included. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required on acceptance to secure your place. Participants will also need to bring spending money for personal expenses, food and transport/activities on days off.  Places are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of the deposit.

A limited number of places are available for people who would like to participate in both Field School 1 and Field School 2.  The cost for attending both field schools is £750 and includes everything as described in Field School 1 and Field School 2.

HARP members will receive a 5% discount on the total cost of the field school




Post ID#20021 - replied 3/18/2013 4:56 AM



harparchaeology

Places are starting to fill up, we now only have 4 places left for Field School 2.  For more information or to book a place please get in touch

Post ID#20055 - replied 3/30/2013 3:20 AM



harparchaeology

Only 1 place left for Field School 2 and 5 places left for Field School 1, email us at harparchaeology@gmail.com for an application form.

Post ID#20149 - replied 5/7/2013 7:26 AM



harparchaeology

6 Places now available for Field School 1, where participants will also be able to take part in the maintenance and reconstruction of a Chalcolithic Roundhouse.

Please email for more details

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