CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Workshop "Millet and what else? The wider context of the adoption of millet cultivation in Europe"

Nov 27, 2019 to Nov 28, 2019

Millet And what else? Inernational Workshop

International workshop:
“Millet and what else? The wider context of the adoption of millet cultivation in Europe”

27-28 November 2019
Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel, Germany

Within the Collaborative Research Centre 1266 at Kiel University, the ‘Millet Dating Programme’ (2017-2019) produced direct radiocarbon dates on over a hundred grains of broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum L.) from archaeological sites across Europe. The results demonstrate that millet cultivation began during the Middle and Late Bronze Age, at slightly different times in different parts of Europe (Filipović et al. in prep.) and earliest in Ukraine (Dal Corso et al. in prep.). Building upon the now available solid chronological basis, we want to explore how the (beginning of) full cultivation of millet across Europe correlates with changes and new tendencies in economy and lifestyle recognised from the archaeological record. Moving beyond the When?, we want to investigate the How? and Why? of the integration of millet into Bronze Age agrarian systems.

This workshop will present and discuss:

  • Aspects of subsistence economy in different regions of Europe in the Middle-Late Bronze Age, and the changes in it that took place when millet became one of the staple crops.
  • Ethnographic and experimental insights into millet cropping systems, from sowing to consumption, including aspects such as the required time/labour and yield-improvement measures.
  • New scientific methods that track the spread, cultivation or consumption of millet, and their integration with conventional approaches.

Dragana Filipović

Confirmed speakers and talks:
László Bartosiewicz
Novelties in animal herding and consumption in Bronze Age Europe Abstract

Blandine Courel
Miliacin in palaeosoils and sediments, a powerful biomarker for telling stories about broomcorn millet Abstract

Oliver Craig
Towards the quantification of millet in ancient diets using stable isotopes

Eiko Endo
Chasing Chinese millets in Ukraine using seed impressions in pottery Abstract

Stefania Grando
Proso millet: cultivation, agronomic practices, and uses Abstract

Mária Hajnalová
Timing the introduction of Panicum miliaceum to the Middle Danube Region – dual evidence Abstract

Monika Hellmund
On the "early" evidence of broomcorn millet in central Germany, primarily Saxony-Anhalt Abstract

Taylor Hermes
Early integration of pastoralism and millet cultivation in Bronze Age Eurasia Abstract

Helmut Kroll
Weedy millets and millet weeds

Marco Madella
Looking away from Europe: A wider perspective on millets in dry lands Abstract

Elena Marinova
Millets in Bulgaria – diachronic overview of their role in the subsistence and critical review of the archaeological finds Abstract

Giedrė Motuzaitė Matuzevičiūtė
Millet cultivation in the Belarus and the Baltic States Abstract

Aldona Mueller-Bieniek
The Bronze Age in Poland - archaeological and environmental traces of subsistence strategies Abstract

Galyna Pashkevych
Ukrainian dishes from millet Abstract

Adéla Pokorná
Bronze Age agricultural changes in the Czech Republic Abstract

Mauro Rottoli
The successful spread of millets in Northern Italy Abstract

Edward Standall
Molecular and isotopic identification of millet in prehistoric pottery: New results from Bruszczewo, Poland Abstract

Hans-Peter Stika
The start of millet cultivation in Iberia Abstract

Astrid Stobbe
Archaeobotany in Romania – investigations in the Late Bronze Age fortification Corneşti-Iarcuri Abstract

Amy Styring
Detecting the manuring of millet in the past Abstract

Naomi Sykes
Chicken feed: tracking the introduction and incorporation of new plants and animals Abstract

Andrés Teira-Brión
Traditional millet growing in NW Iberia: from the ethnographic insights to the archaeobotanical implications Abstract

Tjaša Tolar
Before and after millet in Slovenia, south of the Alps to the Balkans Abstract

Françoise Toulemonde & Julian Wiethold
Millets in Bronze Age agriculture and food consumption in Northeastern France Abstract

Keynote lecture:
Anthony Harding
Change in the later second millennium BC: plants, pots, and people Abstract

Workshop Organisers:
Dragana Filipović
Marta Dal Corso
Wiebke Kirleis

Institute for Pre- and Protohistory, CAU Kiel



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