CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

D2: Third millennium transformations of social and economic practices in the German Lower Mountain Range

Network analysis
Network analysis based on the quantitative occurrence of Corded Ware pottery forms, pottery ornamentation styles, tools, weapons and ornaments. The line thickness represents similarity (Furholt 2014).

Project D2 explores the transformation of ritual practices, economic patterns and the use of the environment by communities during the 3rd millennium BCE in the area of the German Lower Mountain Range, which is archaeologically connected to the transition to Corded Ware groups. The main question is to what degree the marked changes in ritual practices and material culture are connected to changes in the economy and land-use. This will be mainly explored through analyses of social networks, nutrition, mobility patterns and land-use, using available archived materials, mainly from graves, but with a special focus on the scarce settlement data.


Graphic bone bed
Gallery grave Niedertiefenbach (Landkreis Limburg-Weilburg, Hessen). Three dimensional representation of the bones documented in ten layers during the excavation of 1961 (Rinne).


Krause-Kyora, B., Susat, J., Key , D. Kühnert, E. Bosse, A. ImmelC. Rinne, Sabin-Christin Kornell, D. Yepes, S. Franzenburg, H. O. Heyne, T. Meier, S. Lösch, H. Meller, S. Friederich, N. Nicklisch, K. W.  Alt, S. Schreiber, A. Tholey, A. Herbig, A. Nebel, J. Krause, 2018. Neolithic and Medieval virus genomes reveal complex evolution of Hepatitis B. eLIFE Genomics and Evolutionary Biology, Short report May 10, 2018. https://10.7554/eLife.36666


Dr. Christoph Rinne

Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology

Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 2-6, R.136a
Phone: +49 431 880-3378

Subprojects D2, F1