Part of the work I do is in experimental archaeology. Experimental archaeology is the re-creation of archaeologically-known objects, processes, places, or behaviors to develop a better understanding of the past. Experimental archaeology can be directed at answering specific, scientific questions, or it can be about developing an experiential understanding of the past to provide a better framework for interpreting past societies. I have done both of these kinds of experimental archaeology. Experimental archaeology is also an excellent teaching tool for the classroom and for museums, particularly replicative experimental archaeology.
My particular focus in experimental archaeology is in ceramics used in food production. I mainly study medieval Europe, but I have looked at Native American food practices and Neolithic European practices as well. I have over 25 years experience as a studio potter, which has allowed me sufficient expertise to replicate ancient ceramic vessels.