Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Medieval European Arkansas

No, it's not a long lost hidden fortress built by a mysterious group of forgotten European settlers in Arkansas during the 13th century...but it's still pretty cool.  A group of French and American citizens have begun building what they are calling the Ozark Medieval Fortress.  They are using 13th century tools and methods and the workers will also be available to answer questions from visitors.  Here's an excerpt from the group's website:

We are building a human structure that is more than a pile of beautifully arranged rocks. The workers will transmit their know-how to visitors. The fortress is a place where knowledge will be transmitted orally every day. For part of each day the workers and craftsmen will respond to questions from the time-travelers who are watching the Middle Ages trying in action.
The Ozark Medieval Fortress is a living and permanently developing tableau of history where tourists, students of all ages, researchers and the staff of the fortress will come together.
This unique experience that the fortress offers will bring alive the intersection where book knowledge meets the fascinating and colorful reality of the Middle Ages. The experience of visiting the fortress will hopefully inspire students of all ages to support educational and scientific studies.
Visit the website here.  Sounds like a pretty cool idea to me.  Not only will visitors have the opportunity to see a 13th century style medieval European fortress in the United States, but visitors also have an opportunity to see it being built!


  1. As a person who adores anthropology and archaeology, this sounds like a fantastic idea, sort of like recreating a pyramid using old techniques or the Kon Tiki boat. I love it! I can't wait to see what it's like when it's done.

  2. Fascinating post. Am off to check these links in depth. Thanks for posting.

    weird word verification here: hydrotel - as in, hydro -hotel??