CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Biweekly Colloquium: “Dynamics and Communication of Prehistoric Societies in the Central Alpine Region. Concepts on Mobility, Networks and Transformation”

Nov 23, 2020 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual meeting

Mirco Brunner University of Bern

Dynamics and Communication of Prehistoric Societies in the Central Alpine Region. Concepts on Mobility, Networks and Transformation

In Southern Central Europe, the Alps are a barrier and a communication area at the same time. While the mountains prevent mobility, passes, yokes and valleys create natural axes for exchange and communication. The Alpine Rhine Valley, which extends deep into the interior of the Alps, forms the most important access to the Central Alps from the north and leads directly into the southern Alpine region between Lago Maggiore and Lago di Como. This central axis was intensively used as a settlement area in prehistoric times and formed an Alpine transit route «par excellence». Recently, ceramic finds from the Neolithic period provide evidence of far-reaching communication processes between the inner and pre-alpine regions. From the Bronze Age onwards, clear influences from the north and south are perceptible in the central Alpine region, which speak to trade routes over the Alpine passes. During the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, the pre-alpine region is subject to massive changes. The aim of this study is a diachronic synthesis of different regions and epochs in order to postulate models of mobility, networks and transformation based on the central alpine area.

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