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experimental archeology
The point of experimental archaeology is that, on the basis of observed archaeological phenomena and finds, it tries to reconstruct and repeat in practice the process through which a certain object was created or a building was built. In the process of reconstitution one can deduce details which cannot be known through the exclusive study of finds. Parallel to this, the natural scientific measurements (archaeometry) connected to the archaeological phenomena are also repeated in the process of experimental reconstruction, and with their help one can achieve that all the characteristics of the reconstituted objects (physical, chemical features) approximate to those of the archaeological records. The experimental archaeological surveys and their results can often be seen in archaeological parks, where a wider audience can also take part in the process of reconstitution and see the reconstructed records thus created.

In Bodrogköz, on the border of the present-day village Kisrozvány, in the territory of the once-extant village of Berzseny, an archaeological park was created in order to present the way a village looked in the period of the conquest of the Carpathian Basin and the age of the Arpadian dynasty. Here, apart from the reconstructed buildings (yurts, sunken huts and timber houses), experimental archaeological processes (i.e. pottery making) and a biohistorical yard also can be seen. The animals to be seen here (grey cattle, racka sheep, mangalica swine, etc.) do not in all respect correspond to the contemporary animals identifiable through the animal bone remains but in their characteristics they are closer to those than the presently bred domestic animals.
Horse archery. Kassai Lajos, Kaposmérő, Hungary
The site was created in 1982 in the vicinity of Regöly in Tolna county, next to a Neolithic, Avarian, and migration-period archaeological site. The founders (Viktor Cziráki and Sándor Szíjártó) created the presently functioning park as private persons on private property. On the site they have built Neolithic, Hunnic, Avar, nomadic Hungarian and Arpadian-period buildings with the use of original technology authenticated by archaeological excavations. From 1991 onwards, they have organized an experimental archaeological lifestyle-camp for students and young people every year in July, where the participants, apart from the manufacturing of instruments and handicraft, can experience living in reconstructed buildings. From 2001, in May and September yearly a mounted archery contest takes place. The contest is led by the disciples of Lajos Kassai, an internationally acknowledged archer. The camp more than once received Hungarian and international publicity in the media. The shots about Hunnic, Avar, nomadic Hungarian, and Arpadian-periods for the historical reconstruction documentaries of the Duna Television (Képes Krónika, 2002/2003) were made on this site, while the personality of Viktor Cziráki ("archaic man"), head of the site, was discovered by the yellow press (RTL Klub, Fókusz) as well.
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