Experimental archaeology aims to test different hypotheses that are based on archaeological evidence. By simulating what may have happened, it aims to close the gap between available data and what may have happened. Past trials have included the re-creation and use of artefacts. Long-term reconstructions of buildings, better termed 'imaginative constructs', provide simultaneous potential for research and display.

Imaginative exhibition programming is enabling people to come into first-hand contact with archaeology, artefacts, new discoveries and new interpretations. They can see the real thing, and explore how our views, collections and methods of presentation have changed through time.