CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

CRC 1266: "Scales of Transformation - Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies"

Process of Transformation

The CRC 1266 “Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies” takes a long-term perspective, from 15,000 BCE to 1 BCE, to investigate processes of transformation in a crucial period of human history, from late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers to early state societies.

This allows us to confront transformational processes in a wide array of societal formations and environmental settings. Here, we define transformations primarily as processes leading to a substantial and enduring re-organisation of socio-environmental interaction patterns. Transformations in prehistoric and archaic societies occur on different temporal, spatial and social scales. Thus, past environmental and archaeological archives of high quality will be explored in different landscapes, from the Mediterranean to the Arctic, and in different social constellations, from Aegean polis to Palaeolithic camp sites. To detect the socio-environmental dimension of transformations, we will use a combination of archaeological and palaeo-environmental methods.