The Constructed Past presents group of powerful images of the past, termed in the book construction sites. At these sites, full scale, three-dimensional images of the past have been created for a variety of reasons including archaeological experimentation, tourism and education.
Using various case studies, the contributors frankly discuss the aims, problems and mistakes experienced with reconstruction. They encourage the need for on-going experimentation and examine the various uses of the sites; political, economical and educational.
Introduction P. G. Stone and P. Planel; 1. Archaeological reconstructions and the community in the UK M. Blockley 2. Reconstruction versus preservation in place in the United States National Park Service J. H. Jameson Jr. and W. J. Hunt 3. Reconstruction sites and education in Japan: a case study from the Kansai Region K. Okamura and R. Condon 4. The origin and role of the Irish National Heritage Park E. Culleton 5. Resurrection and deification at Colonial Williamsburg, USA I. N. Hume 6. Shakespeare's Globe: 'As faithful a copy as scholarship … could get ..' .. '.. A bit of a bastard ..' T. Schadla-Hall 7. Butser Ancient Farm, UK P. Reynolds 8. The Historical Archaeological Experimentation Centre at Lejre, Denmark: 30 years of experimenting with the past M. Rasmussen and B. Grønnow 9. Reconstruction as ideology: the Open Air Museum at Oerlinghausen, Germany M. Schmidt 10. Slavonic Archaeology: GroB Raden an Open Air Museum in a unified Germany U. Sommer 11. The reconstruction of sites in the archaeological themepark Archeon in the Netherlands G. Ijzereef 12. Pembrokeshire's pasts. Natives, invaders and Welsh archaeology: the Castell Henllys experience H. Mytum 13. The Parc Pyrénéen de l'Art Préhistorique, France: beyond replica and re-enactment in interpreting the ancient past J. Clottes and C. Chippindale 14. Experimental archaeology and education: ancient technology at the service of modern education at SAMARA, France G. Dieudonné 15. Lake dwellings: archaeological interpretation and social perception, a case study from France P. Pétrequin 16. The Ancient Technology Centre, Cranbourne, UK - a reconstruction site built for education J. Keen 17. Bede's World, UK: the monk who made history P. Fowler 18. Archaeological reconstruction and education at the Jorvik Viking Centre and Archaeological Resource Centre, York, UK A. Jones ONdini, The Zulu royal capital of King Cetshwayo Ka Mpande (1873-1879) Len O. van Schalkwyk 20. Akaim archaeological park: a cultural-ecological reserve in Russia G.B. Zdanovich