CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Archive Fieldworks


June 04, 2017

Subproject B1: Fieldwork in Dätgen 

Fieldwork in Dätgen

On Friday, 2nd June, subproject B1 conducted some fieldwork in Dätgen in the Großen Moor, which is associated to a Late Glacial site from that region. The team members Tobias Burau (student assistant), Sascha Krüger (PhD) and Sonja Grimm (PostDoc) were looking for turf sediments suited for further palaeoecological investigations. The main inspection aims for reconstructing the environmental developments and the role of the human impact in this respect. The fieldwork was kindly supported by the regional collectors René Ender as well as the local families Wulf, Schumacher and Hülsen from Dätgen, who allowed access to the research area.

Unfortunately, the coring investigations did not deliver profiles from the period of interest. Below the topsoil, only Glazial marlstone horizons or marginal turf layers, probably from the Holocene, were found. Neither of the profiles matched with the chronological period looked for, which is also true for the sediments located in a basin-shaped depression western from the Late Glacial site. Although these negative results, the B1 project enjoyed the field work in good weather.

Picture: Tobias Burau und Sascha Krüger during a drilling session (Foto: Sonja Grimm).

May 02, 2017

Extraction of soil profiles in Greece 

Extraction of soil profiles in Greece

On March 24th, the members of sub-project E1 headed towards Greece, the mini-truck of the Institute of Ecosystem Research fully packed, for a 3-week long field campaign. After 3 days of driving across the Alps to Venice, taking the ferry to Patras, and a total driving distance of 1600 km, the team finally arrived in the study area of Stymphalia (Prefecture Korinthia). There, they were joined by their collaboration partners Pavlos Avramidis and Eleni Zagana from the Department of Geology at Patras University. Together, a total of 28m of sediment cores were retrieved from the 3 adjacent valleys of Pheneos, Stymphalia and Kaisari, and several soil profiles were described at the slopes of the respective valleys. The analyses of the sediments shall provide information, whether and to what extent climatic changes have contributed to the cultural transition from Bronze Age to Iron Age in the region (around 1200-800 cal BC), and which impact human activities had on the environment during the respective period.

April 25, 2017

Within the framework of the D3 project in SFB 1266 about Bronze Age transformation processes, current fieldwork at Bornhöved show new results

Cooking pits Geomagnetic prospection of cooking pits

On the basis of the geomagnetic prospection, concentrations of anomalies could be determined in a section of the site. A selective test-excavation in this area showed that we are dealing with cooking pits. On the basis of the geomagnetic prospection, the cooking pits appear to be arranged in circles. The arrangement of cooking pits in circles is mainly known from Denmark. Exceptionally is that the cooking pits at Bornhöved are located in a valley and that parts of the culture layer are still preserved, which also contain ceramics. In addition to cooking pits, stone fillings and stone settings could also be identified.

In the summer months the fieldwork at Bornhöved will continue.

April 24, 2017

Survey in Ukrainian settlements of the Cucuteni-Tripolye-cultural complex in March and April 2017

Survey in Ukrainian settlements

Researchers of the subproject D1 (“Population Agglomerations in Tripolye-Cucuteni Mega-sites”)  and colleagues of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences carried out a survey in two different test regions of the Cucteni-Tripolye cultural complex between 5th of March and 7th of April. During this expedition, large parts of eight sites from the period between 4200 and 3500 BCE have been surveyed geomagnetically and materials for typo-chronological investigations and absolute dating have been collected by means of test trenches and surface collections. Near Talne and Nowoarchangelsk in the Southern Bug/Dnieper interfluve the investigations were focused on sites from stages with very limited knowledge of settlement layout from which, however, already large pottery assemblages are available. A similar strategy was pursued in the regions Krishopil and Winnizia in the interfluve of Southern Bug and Dniester where, however, the current state of research is still poor. For both regions, the survey provide very important data for a better understanding 1. Of regional patterns und cultural relations regarding the spatial settlement layouts, 2. Of absolute chronology, 3. Of transformations regarding the social organisation, and 4. Of the demographic dynamic in Tripolye communities.

April 23, 2017

A prospection campaign in Southwest Slovakia in Februar and March 2017

Geological prospection

Within the framework of the CRC and in close cooperation with the subproject G2 (geophysics), from 26 February to 16 March a prospection campaign took place in Southwest Slovakia. In the valley of the Žitava 24 potential Neolithic sites were visited and partly intensively surveyed (PDF: Sites visited). The central result is the realization that, according to the current state of research, the three settlements of Vráble had no simultaneous neighbouring settlements within a radius of 5 km. On the other hand, the prospections along the Žitava river terrace showed that at least in parts a densely network of settlements is to be expected. Furthermore, the geophysical surveys (Photo: Geophysical prospecting in action) enabled the identification of dozens of houses, which force us to rethink the existing population estimates.

In the summer, the excavations in Vráble are continued, but the spring exploration has clearly demonstrated the importance of further research in the surrounding area, where a considerable amount of insights can be achieved with a moderate amount of work.

Dec 10, 2016

Geomagnetic surveys and surface inspections near Segeberg

Extensive geomagnetic prospection
Currently, first fieldwork in the area of a Bronze Age burial ground near Bornhöved is in progress.



Dec 08, 2016

Fieldwork in the area of Duvenseer Moor

Fieldwork in the area of Duvenseer Moor
With comprehensive sedimentological analyses and georadar measurements ongoing research of the Mesolithic in the Duvenseer Moor is continued.


Nov 28, 2016

Fieldwork and excavation in the Ukraine: The Copper Age Mega-Site Maidanetske

Fieldwork and excavation of the mega-site Maidanetske
The research collaboration of sub-project D1 sheds light on formation and decline processes of population agglomerations in Chalcolithic Cucuteni-Tripolye mega-sites. During August and September 2016, extensive fieldwork and excavation of the mega-site Maidanetske (ca. 3900–3600 BCE) took place in central Ukraine.


Nov 24, 2016

Fieldwork and excavation: Westlicher Oldenburger Graben

Activities Oldenburger Graben
In summer 2016, the excavation of a Neolithic settlement site revealed organic preservation in the
Oldenburger Ditch.


Nov 14, 2016

Excavation and collection of botanical macro remains in Hungary

Activities Ungarn
International project collaboration of the CRC in the course of the investigation of a Middle Bronze Age settlement (Vatya Culture).


Nov 07, 2016

Linear pottery settlement archaeology in southwestern Slovakia

Activities settlement southwestern Slovakia
Extensive excavation and fieldwork deliver first results of early sedentism and settlement dynamiks in the Carpathian Basin.