Experimental Archaeology, Historical Trekking, Period Trekking, or Experiential
Anthropology) is an activity where we as 21st century people attempt a task that
someone in our chosen time period would have done, using only the tools and
equipment they would have used, or the knowledge we have gleaned from research.
Whether you are interested in the 18th Century Longhunter and you are out on a
hunt using only period clothing and flintlock; if your interest lies in the
Mountainman of the 19th Century, and you want to use period traps to try and
catch beaver; or even if your interest is in cooking, and you limit yourself to
the kitchen-ware and foods of your chosen period with a bed of coals for heat,
yet you never leave your house - you are involved with Experimental Archeology.
These activities give us more insight into the daily lives of the people in our chosen time period,
ultimately helping us to better understand history. (adapted from HistoricalTrekking.com)
this just a grown-up's way of playing pretend?
"It's deeper than that... you learn about their way of life, hardships they
endured... you become them. I've heard a theory about the office... the
more plastic you touch - the more you need to touch real things.
Computers, PDA, cell phone, pens - all plastic. So I escape to a world of
wood, metal, linen, horn, bone, leather, beeswax & bear grease. It's a way to
stay focused on reality in this modern plastic world. It's exploring how
different my life would have been - and how early Americans felt and lived."
"Some of us get into it for the feel of the linen and wool. How the
briars slide off the leather as we move through the woods. How the smoke
smells in the evening and the coffee in the morning. It's how the long
barreled gun balances in your hand as you walk into a clearing on a river at a
spot where you know five people were killed and scalped 200 years ago. How
your skin crawls when you look down and see a broken lance point in the rubble of
a rock shelter. You know what they went through and can retrieve the
"feel" and pass it on to others. Yep, it's pretend. It's historic
memory, historic consciousness, nostalgia. Is that useless for us today in
our modern world?"
(quotes taken from posts of The Muzzleloading
Download some great 18th century
(I use them on this website but you can't see
them unless you download & install them):
Essays 1743, a
font by John Stracke, based on the typeface used in a 1743 English translation
of Montaigne's Essays.
JSL Ancient &
based on fonts used by two English printers in the
mid-to-late 1600s (Edward Jones and J. Redmayne)
of the 1740's
and how the truths that sparked this great
colonial American revival are still
18th Century Clothing
Annals of Philadelphia by John F. Watson, Pub. 1830
lyrics by John
Dickinson, musick by Wm. Boyce
Christianity in the 18th Century
- a collection of Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield,
John Bunyan and
Congregationalism - the predominant "brand" of Christianity in the New
England colonies, brought by the Pilgrims in 1620, in which each congregation,
or local church, has free control of its own affairs (eliminating bishops &
London Baptist Confession of
Faith of 1689 -
The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 is rooted
Westminster Confession of Faith.
It differs from the Westminster Confession by the addition of Chapter 20 (The
Gospel and its Gracious Extent), and in its dealing with the Church and Baptism.
Chapter 20 is identical to the same chapter in the Congregationalists'
Savoy Declaration of
Faith and Order
Firelocks and Accoutrements
Go to our Muzzleloading page
completely devoted to traditional black powder shooting
The Muzzleloading Forum - I
joined this forum in Dec. '04 - another great way to learn - some of my
favorite discussion boards are: Flintlock, Smoothbore, Traditional
Muzzleloader Hunting, Historically Correct Clothing & Equipment, and
- an 18th century poem concerning wingshooting
From The Colonial Kitchen and
from Steel - Mike Ameling, blackfmith specializing in fire steels
Recipe for a leather waterproofer - beeswax and bear grease
Natural Dyes From Plants
Centvry Games - Cribbage, Hazard, Draughts, and more
Children - What was it like for them? Difficult.
Occupations in the Colonies
Miscellany - interesting 18th c. anecdotes
Whole Duty OF A
WOMAN: Or a Guide to the Female Sex.
From the Age of Sixteen, to Sixty, Being Directions, How Women of
all Qualities and Conditions, ought to Behave themfelves in the Various
Circuftances of the Life, for their Obtaining not only Refent, but Future
Various and Sundry
Museum - living history museum of Pennsylvania
German material, culture, history and heritage from 1740 through 1940
Ephrata Cloister - an Anabaptist community founded in 1732 by German settlers seeking spiritual goals rather
than earthly rewards, known for its self-composed a cappella musick and Germanic
calligraphy known as Frakturschriften
Historic Valley Forge - a site devoted to the encampment of Gen. Washington's troops from December 19, 1777
to June 19, 1778.
Old Bedford Village -
life in Bedford County and
Pennsylvania from 1750 to 1900
Moore Colonial Farm - a small low-income farm of 1771
Plimouth Plantation - explore the 1627
Pilgrim village of Plymouth, MA - before our time (17th century) but
Recommended Viewing &
- the place that ignited my intereft in the 18th centvry when I
was bvt a child.
- neuer been heere, but wovld love to go.