REARC – Learning From Our Past... Looking To the Future

REARC is the conference on Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology. This conference takes place in Colonial Williamsburg (US). These pages offer an archive of the REARC Conference from 2010 onward.

Reconstructive and experimental archaeologists strive to expand our archaeological understanding of the past by attempting to recreate material culture, technology, or life-ways by using the same materials, techniques, and strategies believed to have been employed in the past through structured experimentation. REARC promotes and stimulates interest in reconstructive and experimental archaeology; serving as a bridging organization between Open-Air Museums, academics, primitive technologists, related groups, and individuals involved in the field. By supporting and facilitating an active and open exchange of information between related groups; REARC serves as a bond among those interested in this and related subjects. We encourage publication through the EXARC Journal to aid in the conservation and development of related data; and to encourage high standards, development and support for the scientific application of reconstructive and experimental archaeological research.

Photo Copyright: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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The REARC logo represents the cast, swing and flight trajectory of an atlatl spear as well as the recurve of a bow limb. It symbolizes REARC's mission to draw information from our shared human past as we aim toward the future.

Beginning in 2010 REARC has been North America's only Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference. A registered non-profit organization REARC held five conferences at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, and our most recent ones at Colonial Williamsburg. REARC conferences blend paper and poster sessions with hands-on experimental activity sessions to produce weekends well suited to all levels of academic and public involvement.

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Conference Review: Reconstructive & Experimental Archaeology Conference REARC 2017

Mahala Nyberg (US)
REARC Conferences
***There was something for everyone at the 2017 Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference, as it represented many aspects of experimental archaeology. The conference took place between the 16th and 19th of November, 2017, at Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. Although it was a small conference...

Conference Review: Reconstructive & Experimental Archaeology Conference REARC 2016

Christopher Menke (US)
REARC Conferences
***The 2016 REARC conference hosted by EXARC in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, from November 18th to the 20th, was an unforgettable experience. After a midnight drive and a short night's rest it was time to listen to papers. Everyone giving a presentation was incredibly knowledgeable and the passion they had for their topics...

Conference Review: Reconstructive & Experimental Archaeology Conference REARC 2013

David Wescott (US)
REARC Conferences
***This article is republished from the Bulletin of Primitive Technology #46. The 4th Annual Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference was recently held in Gastonia, NC at the Schiele Museum of Natural History. The conference theme was Education and Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology...

Conference Review: Reconstructive & Experimental Archaeology Conference REARC 2012

Darrell Markewitz (CA)
REARC Conferences
***The third annual Reconstructive & Experimental Archaeology (Re-Arc) Conference was hosted by the Schiele Museum of Natural History at Gastonia North Carolina, USA, 19-21 October 2012. Although the cost of the conference itself was minimal ($35 pre-registered, $20 for students) the large travel distances within North America always...

Conference Review: Reconstructive & Experimental Archaeology Conference REARC 2011

Mark Butler (US)
REARC Conferences
***The second annual Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference was held at the Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia, NC, 16-17 October, 2011 and was attended by over 50 participants representing at least 10 states, two countries and an unknown number of general museum visitors...

Conference Review: Report on the 1st Annual REARC Conference

Maria-Louise Sidoroff (US)
REARC Conferences
***Mark Butler organized the First Annual REARC Conference, which was held on October 16-17, 2010 at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, North Carolina. The conference was a great success. Dr. Ann Tippet, Schiele Museum Director, and Steve Watts, Director of Southeast Native American Studies (SENAS)...

Conference Review: The 1st Annual REARC Conference, Defining Reconstructive Archaeology for the 21st Century

Eric B. Marks (US)
REARC Conferences
***The first annual Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology (REARC) conference was held at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, North Carolina, October, 16 – 17, 2010. RE-ARC is the brainchild of Mark Butler, President of REARC, and eleven other individuals who comprise the Board of Directors...