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Release the Hordes! Living History Day

Friday, May 27, 2016

Setup: 8:00 AM (TBD)
Event Time: 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM

California State University East Bay, Hayward

25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542

Bryan Doherty

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We have been invited to participate in a living history day to be held on the CSU Hayward campus. The event is being coordinated through their History Department. The project will involve reenactment groups covering various periods and areas of history.  In this first year, the Celtic group Gaesatae and The Vikings of Bjornstad will be the groups involved.

Each group will provide two lectures as well as an encampment with cultural displays and participatory activities. Up to two hundred students and faculty are expected.

Probable Schedule:

CSU - East Bay, Hayward Living History Day

8:00 am - Over flow parking lot open for Gaesatae and Vikings of Bjornstad to set up displays and encampment.

9:30 am - University Union Multipurpose Room open for Guests.

10:00 am - 10:15 am - Opening address and introduction of groups by Student Historical Society President, Bryan Doherty.

10:20 am - 11:00 am: Lecture - Dead Bodies, Statues and Experiments - Discover and discuss how Gaesatae researches and produces and tests accurate, hand made items from the Iron Age. Find out how experimental archaeology plays a role in recreating history, and find out what the heck experimental archaeology is!

11:05 am - 11:40 am: Lecture - Digging the Vikings: The Archaeological Perspective - Learn about what we have discovered about the Vikings from archaeological finds and how The Vikings of Bjornstad's experimental archaeology plays a dynamic role not only in research but in living history and reenactment as well.

11:45 am - 12:15 pm: Lecture - Celtic Religion - Learn about the pantheon of ancient Celtic deities, their origin, how the ancient Celts viewed and related to them through spiritual practice and what role religion played in ancient Celtic society.

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm: Lecture - Viking Women: Spindles and Axes - Learn about the roles and impact women had in Viking society. Discover that the Norse women had more social and political agency than many other contemporary cultures. And that their lives included active involvement in warfare.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Interactive History Phase 1: Guests will be split into 2 groups and proceed down to overflow lot. Group A will participate in programming at Gaesatae encampment and Group B will go to Bjornstad.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Interactive History Phase 2: Group A will go to Bjornstad encampment. Group B will go to Gaesatae.

4:00 pm: Living History Day ends

We’ll set up our encampment in the unpaved area next to the overflow parking lot shown in the first diagram below. The second map shows a possible layout of the Bjornstad area. Gaesatae's layout is not shown.

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