Tine Schenck



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Archaeology
Department: Archaeology

I am a Norwegian PhD-student at the Department of Archaeology, for the duration of 2012 to 2015. I previously achieved an MA in Experimental Archaeology from the University of Exeter and a Master in Archaeology and Conservation from the university of Oslo. My thesis is based on the hypothesis that experiments with aspects of existing and recovered prehistoric material culture can provide a constructive entry into an obscured part of the archaeological record. I will carry out a set of archaeological experiments in order to examine if statements can be made about the rôle of organic materials in the past. The hypothesis will be re-valuated and discussed after the experimental phase of the study, in light of both agency theories and the paradoxical combination of scientific methodology with humanistic/social theory. The study aims to prove that archaeological experiments are particularly valuable tools for archaeologists researching prehistoric use of plant materials.

Earlier resarch includes experimental work with various container technologies such as baskets, birch bark vessels and ceramics. I have also experimented with public participation for the purpose of analysis. I am currently involved in a project on Neolithic and Bronze Age functionality in weapons, Dimensions of Functionality in Prehistoric Societies. This project is a collaboration with Dr Christian Horn (University of Gothenburg). For external link to pre-experimental project, click here.

For more information about me and my research, you can also look up my academia.edu page on http://exeter.academia.edu/TineSchenck