Passionate about Maya culture and interested in educative applications, he then joined a museum studies project at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in Guatemala where he developed an educative approach. During his first years of career in Quebec museums he came in direct contact with the material culture of North American aboriginal peoples which gave him the opportunity to actively study it through various educative projects. After ten years in museum education, he acquired an expertise on aboriginal technologies through experimental archaeology. This new passion led him to reproduce ancient technologies for the benefit of education. For that purpose he founded Aboriginal Technologies and devoted his career to the creation of artifact reproductions, architectural models, educative programs, cultural activities, research documents and teaching material for museums, schools, research centres and other organizations. He also works as a part time anthropology teacher when time allows.

Born in Montreal (Quebec), Martin Lominy grew up in an urban environment close to nature and in a family tradition strong in creativity. At first interested by paleontology that he studied at leisure during his college years, he finally chose to study anthropology at the University of Montreal with a specialization in archaeology. After  field work in Peru, he developed an interest in Latin America and decided to expand his field of study to include ethnology and history. His fascination with precolumbian cultures combined with diversified training led him to undertake a multidisciplinary study of Maya architecture as his graduate project which he concluded with a model exhibition and an educative website.

Martin Lominy – Educator and craftsman in archaeology

The next generation

 

In the study of ancient technologies, the innocent logic and instinctive gestures of a child are sometimes more revealing than the objective observation and detailed analysis of a researcher. Our sons Janaab and Amik are an important part of our work in the reproduction of artifacts. From gathering materials to crafting objects, they discover the beauty of the natural world and the pleasure of manual work. In fact, many prototypes are made for the enjoyment of these young apprentices whose experiences are a source of inspiration. It is also with enthousiasm that they test many of our activities designed for grade school children.

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The apprentices

 

In a trade where knowledge and skills are only learned through experience, the contribution of apprentices is valuable to overcome the challenges of such a boundless exploration as experimental archaeology. They assist in the process of artifact reproduction and archaeology eduation while learning the crafts and their traditions.

Hamy is an anthropology graduate specialized in archaeology but it’s her interest in traditional crafts and aboriginal people that convinced us to take her as an apprentice. Her sense of observation and manual skills are remarkable assets for the reconstruction of technological elements.

Jessica is a multidisciplinary artist whose creativity and sense of communication contribute largely to the interpretation of a fragmentary material culture. Her connection to the the natural world and artistic talent offer a rich perspective for the understanding of technologies that go beyond th limits of  archeology. To learn more on her artistic work: espacepekan.com

Marianne, Léa et David complete this dynamic team with commandable dedication in the development of projects that greatly benefit from the diversity of collaborators.