Experimental archaeology is a method used to obtain new knowledge about how people lived in prehistoric times. Researchers use mental involvement and a number of different techniques, analyses and approaches to develop and test hypotheses based on archaeological source material.
Reconstructing objects or structures on the basis of archaeological sources can provide new historical knowledge. Handicrafts therefore constitute a common approach to experimental archaeology. By way of its spacious and varied outdoor area and the reconstructed chieftain’s house, boathouse, smithy and ships, Lofotr Viking Museum constitutes an excellent starting point for further commitment to experimental archaeology.
During the summer season, the museum carries out a variety of different experimental archaeology projects. Most of these projects are craft projects, but experimental archaeology can also be associated with all aspects of the past, as long as it is possible to carry out research experiments in order to learn more about the subject in question. Experimental archaeology does not necessarily include all craft projects.