In-Situ Socilogical Studies
From the very earliest records of sociological and anthropological observations, much is taken for granted or glossed over and not actually verified. Making individuals produce tools without circular dependencies is an exacting process and requires substantial effort on the part of the studied people.
Synthetic Micro Environments
Experiments with various technical scopes and time scales have been carried out in academia. Thor Heyerdal's Kon-Tiki expedition would be one such.
While there are vast numbers of historically themed venues oriented toward visitors (Rennaisance Fairs in the US and UK, Park Asterix in France, etc.) there are also hybrid settings where education and research are carried out in tandem with the profit making enterprise. Some of these include:
|Iron/Bronze Age||Dozens||Butser Ancient Farm ||Hampshire, UK|
|15th Century||Dozens||Guedelon Castle ||Burgundy, FR|
|18th Century||Dozens||Colonial Williamsburg ||Virginia, USA|
|18th and 19th Centuries||Dozens||Old Sturbridge Village ||Connecticut, USA|
More recently the television industry has created programming involving specially prepared closed environments based on a historic or hypothetical premise, in which the participants or volunteers live for the duration of the production.
|Ice Age||8||Morgan Spurlock's "I, Caveman" ||The Science Channel.|
|Iron Age||15||BBC's "Living in the Past" ||The BBC|
|19th Century||13||Hoppe & Shaw's "Frontier House" ||PBS|
|21st Century (Postapocalyptic)||10||Metal Flowers Media's "The Colony" ||Discovery Channel|