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Mesolith - Building the First House _ IADT/UCD Short 2013

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Published on Nov 18, 2013

MESOLITHIC - BUILDING THE FIRST HOUSE
Director: Greg Colley
Duration: 6 mins
A short documentary following the journey from scattered materials to completed structures to recreate Ireland's Mesolithic technology. A collaboration between Greg Colley and the production team, Dr Graeme Martin Warren and the UCD School of Archaeology.
Dr Warren is a College Lecturer in the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin, he was appointed in 2002 to expand the School's practical teaching skills and provide a specialism in early prehistory. His primary research is on the early prehistoric archaeology of Ireland and Britain in European context. He focuses on hunter-gatherers and the adoption of agriculture (Mesolithic & Neolithic).
Experimental archaeology involves "the creation of objects, buildings, activities and contexts from the past, through which people's lives can be thought about in more practical terms." In other words, this is a "hands on" approach where archaeologists don't just collect and study existing archaeological finds but they actually try to replicate anything from pots to houses, using only the materials and techniques that would have been used from the time period in question
The UCD Experimental Archaeology Team are engaged in a number of site, or landscape, specific fieldwork projects; including inter-disciplinary projects examining the interplay between archaeology and landscape change over time; and numerous projects examining - early prehistoric archaeology, hunter-gatherers past and present, material culture studies and stone tool analysis.
This short film was made with the support of Science Foundation Ireland and co-funded under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) 'Investing in your Future'.

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