CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation


June 06, 2018

International Workshop: “Habitus, the social dimension of technology and transformation” June 18-19 at Kiel University

Workshop Habitus

In the scope of subproject F5 „The social dimension of technological change”, Dr. Sławomir Kadrow, scientist at the Institute for Archaeology and Ethnology at the Polish Academy of Science and Mercator Fellow of CRC 1266, invites interested parties to attend the international workshop “Habitus, the social dimension of technology and transformation”. 13 experts from allover Europe will discuss matters of technological change throughout prehistory, with special focus on its significance in terms of social development and the formation of habitus. Case studies from the Caucasus up to Scandinavia and the Mediterranean will provide manifold insights into the topic. The workshop takes place at Kiel University on June 18-19. We welcome interested audience and discussants!

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May 14, 2018

2nd CRC Retreat in Brodten


From 26 to 27 April the second CRC Retreat took place in Brodten. The more than 60 CRC members met in the rural atmosphere of the Theodor-Schwartz-House in order to prepare a joint publication. 



April 23, 2018

Talk on Excavations near Bornhöved


On Monday, 23 April, Jutta Kneisel, PI in subproject D3, will give a talk on “Excavations and Research on settlements at Mang de Bargen South of Lake Belau”. She will talk about the settlement history of the region Mang de Bargen during the Bronze Age and explain the results of the excavations that took place in the last years
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April 16, 2018

Cluster B at annual meeting of the workgroup Mesolithic in Weimar


At this year’s 27th annual meeting of the workgroup Mesolithic in Weimar, the cluster B of the CRC 1266 was again strongly represented. Two of the 16 presentations in total were held by Sonja Grimm (B1) and Daniel Groß (B2) who talked about their on-going CRC projects. Another presentation was held by Harald Lübke (B2) about a ZBSA project that is closely interlinked with the B2 project. After a marathon day of presentations on Saturday (24th Feb 2018), an excursion to Late and Final Palaeolithic as well as Mesolithic sites in southern Thuringia followed on Sunday (25th Feb 2018). Despite bright sunshine, the temperatures were painfully low and gave us a somewhat appropriate ice age impression.

Participating CRC 1266 members: Sonja Grimm and Tobias Burau (B1), Harald Lübke and Daniel Groß (B2).

Photo: Harald Lübke, Tobias Burau and Daniel Groß (from right) in front of the Ilsen cave (Ilsenhöhle) and the excavation on the terrace underneath Ranis Castle (photo & text: Sonja Grimm).

April 12, 2018

Call for Papers! Subproject E3 organises an international conference on “Hellenistic Architecture and Human Action: A Case of Reciprocal Influence” in autumn 2018


With the aim to bringing together experts and to discuss matters of reciprocal influence of architecture on human beings and vice versa in antiquity, researcher of CRC subproject E3  invites papers for their international conference “Hellenistic Architecture and Human Action: A Case of Reciprocal Influence” at Kiel University. Main issues will be the interaction of landscape and architecture, movement and space, architecture and perception as well as communication and semantics.

The conference takes place October 30 to November 2 at Kiel University. Abstract submission is open until April 20 2018.

Here you find more information regarding the conference programme and deadlines: Call for Papers „Hellenistic Architecture and Human Action: A Case of Reciprocal Influence“

Asja Müller
Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 5, 24118 Kiel

Picture: Sanctuary of Athena Lindia, Rhodes (A. Müller).

March 21, 2018

Subproject F3 researcher Dragana Filipović talkes about innovations in Neolithic and Bronze Age plant economies at the OREA


At April 3rd 2018, subproject F3 postdoc Dragana Filipović is invited to give a talk at the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) of the Austrian Academy of Science. In her lecture, she presents results from ongoing CRC 1266 research including archaeobotanical data, material culture and technological innovations in Neolithic and Bronze Age plant economy across Europe. The lecture is jointly organised together with the Bioarchaeological Association of Austria (Bioarchäologische Gesellschaft Österreichs).

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Pictures: Dragana Filipović

March 19, 2018

International Workshop „ Gender Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies “ at Kiel University


How can changes in social gender roles and identities be recognized in archaeological features? In what cultural context is the identity of prehistoric people defined by gender? These and other questions were discussed intensively for prehistoric and archaic societies between the last foragers and the beginning of urbanisation in Europe during the international workshop "Gender Transformations" from 8 to 10 March 2018 by 70 colleagues from 16 countries across the globe. In addition, the access to and conditions of field work since the 19th century has been addressed from a gender-sensitive perspective, as it is one of the core activities in archaeological subjects that influences all other research directions and questions. After the foreword by Dr. Iris Werner, Head of the Central Office for Gender Equality, Diversity & Family and Commissioner for Gender Equality at Kiel University, and Prof. Dr. Wiebke Kirleis, co-speaker of the CRC 1266, the keynote lectures were given by Prof. Dr. Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, University of Cambridge, and Dr. Jutta Stroszeck, DAI Athens. The conference was able to take stock of the current status of archaeological gender research in Europe and to stimulate the development of new gender-sensitive research.

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Workshop Booklet

Pictures and text: J. Koch

March 12, 2018

PhD International Seminar and Workshop 12-24 March in Kohima in Nagaland, India

Nagaland - Building bigThe Department of History and Archaeology,  Nagaland University, invites junior and senior scientist to discuss matters of monumentality from different viewpoints: The international PhD Seminar “Building Big? Global Scales of Monumentality – an ethnoarchaeological perspective” and the following workshop “Hierarchy and Balance: the role of monumentality in European and North-East Indian Landscapes” takes place at the Kohima Campus (Meriema) in Nagaland from 12-24 March. It is jointly organised by the Nordic School of Archaeology “Dialogues with the Past” (Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway) as well as the CRC 1266 and the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” (GSHDL) at Kiel University.
Central issue of the events is monumentality as being an exceptionally diverse and broad phenomenon in archaeological research across the world that occurs in different social settings within history and prehistory.  By presenting and discussing papers on different topics, the 5-days PhD seminar concentrates on the significance, meaning, and interpretations of monumentality as research objectives: Nagaland Poster

  • What does monumentality mean in different societies? How could a comparative approach be useful to answer archaeological questions on reconstructing social behaviour?
  • Is it possible to connect the very different theoretical approaches on monumentality? How much are especially theories focussing on the organisation of labour and cooperation influenced by western-capitalist views on economy and labour organisation?
  • How can a comparative approach that includes ethno archaeology be useful for studies on monumentality? Where can similarities and dissimilarities be found in broad studies on this topic?

In the following days, the workshop lectures given by Christian Jeunesse (University of Strasbourg), Tilok Thakuria  (North-Eastern Hill University, Tura campus, Meghalaya), Luc Laporte (University of Rennes), Marco Mitri (UCC, Shillong), Colin Richards (Orkney College. University of Highlands & Islands) and Johannes Mueller (University of Kiel) provide comparative perspectives on different forms and aspects of monumentality. In the context of the surrounding monumental architecture of the Nagaland region and and with the expertise of participating specialists from Northeast India, both events draw special attention to the “Naga Megaliths” as one connecting facet of the daily experience – to be explored vividly in the following excursions.
As one main organisers and supporters of the events, PhD candidate Maria Wunderlich and CRC 1266 and GSHDL speaker Johannes Müller bring in long-term experience in research on prehistoric monumentality in Europe gained within the DFG Priority Programme 1400 “Early monumentality and Social Differentiation”, from which the collaboration with the Nordic School of Archaeology and the Indian scholars arrose.
Müller looks forward to his stay in India: “Bringing together European and Indian students in order to present a common topic  as well as to organise the workshop along structural comparisons of Northeast-Indian and European transformations is a new approach. As a whole, this is a forward-looking format for international academic communication and graduate education on equal terms”.

For Johanna Brinkmann, the workshop is an important occasion to get ethnoarchaeological insights in rituals and practices of monumental stone architecture, which makes an important contribution to her PhD thesis “Theories on Neolithic Monumentality” in the scope of CRC subproject A1 “Theories of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies”. Liudmila Shatilo is allocated in subproject D1 “Population agglomerations at Tripolye-Cucuteni mega-sites”, in which monumentality is addressed in respect to mega-structures. Guest PhD Mariana Vasilache-Curoșu is also joining in on this theme.

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Programme and more information

Text: K. Fuchs/J. Schüle 

Picture: M. Wunderlich