Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Forward into the Past 2015

On March 28, 2015, the twenty-fifth Forward into the Past symposium was held by the Medieval Students Society and the Archaeology Society at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. As the event’s website states:

Forward Into The Past is a one-day symposium that arranges speakers on a broad range of historical topics including the arts and crafts practiced by various cultures, history of particular regions, cultures, or times, and where feasible allows this learning to be conducted in a hands-on environment. An open-format day, Forward Into The Past is designed to allow academics, experimental archaeologists, members of the public, and members of various historical re-enactment and recreation groups to gather and explore history.

The SCA is just one of those several groups mentioned, primarily through the efforts of the Canton of Brynaiu Tywynogg.

This year’s symposium featured sixty hours of lectures and activities (as well as a few merchants). Classes included ‘Arms, Combat and Tactics of the Viking Period,’ ‘History of Falconry,’ and ‘Leadership, Volunteerism and Living History.’ Students were able to try their hands at several activities including games, dancing, naalbinding, tablet weaving and calligraphy.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Neal Ferris of the University of Western Ontario who spoke on ‘Sustainable Archaeologies from Sustainable Archaeology.’ 

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