CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

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Lunchtime Seminar

May 05, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

"Scales and dimensions of political practice and patterns of power relations in Prehistory"
Maria Wunderlich et al.

"Creation of cultural landscapes: decision-making and perception within specific ecological settings"
Marta Dal Corso et al.

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Waldveränderungen in der hessischen Mittelgebirgszone vom Neolithikum bis zur Römerzeit - Spiegelbild anthropogener und klimatischer Einflüsse“

May 03, 2021 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

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Dr. Astrid Stobbe Institute of Archaeological Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Social change and textile technology: a comparative perspective on the Aegean, Italy, and central Europe during the first millennium BC”

Apr 26, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

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Dr. Bela Dimova  •  British School at Athens

Social change and textile technology: a comparative perspective on the Aegean, Italy, and central Europe during the first millennium BC

This paper will explore the roles which textiles and textile technology played in periods of social change among different societies in the Aegean, the Italic peninsula, and central Europe. We will focus on two main themes: social stratification and the changing organisation of production. During the 8th–5th century BC, societies in different parts of Europe underwent parallel developments, including the increase in visible hierarchies and the growth of settlements, sometimes categorised as urban. The conspicuous consumption of textiles, played an important role in this process. Elites used textiles in different ways in key arenas of social competition – burials, weddings, religious activities. The archaeological record for this includes remains of cloth in burials, iconography of dress and furnishings, in addition to literary sources. We will explore the parallels and different regional traditions in the ways elites used textiles to assert and materialise local identities or wider connections, to show off wealth or demureness. The organisation of textile production offers another perspective on social change, by considering the issues of standardisation, specialisation, and the growing importance of exchange. While some aspects of textile manufacture changed (e.g., yarn manufacture), others did not. Despite the limited evidence for textile workshops, households remained important sites of production, which tells us something both about the nature of the craft and the socio-economic context in which it was practiced.

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Lunchtime Seminar

Apr 21, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Virtual Meeting

"Exhibition Task Force: Everything remains different? – Getting to the point and sharpening research content!"
Anna Elena Reuter et al.

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Archaeological Colloquium: „Beyond the house: reconsidering outdoor spaces in the Greek Neolithic“

Apr 19, 2021 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

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Dr. Evita Kalogiropoulou Department of Archaeology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Abstract

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Landscape affordances – methodological approaches in computational archaeology”

Apr 12, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual Meeting

Dr. Michael Kempf Institute of Archaeology and Museology, Masaryk University, Brno

Landscape affordances – methodological approaches in  computational archaeology

Functional landscape connectivity and spatial distribution of resource patches have long been considered important driving factors of human-environment interactions. In this context, human activity spheres, movement patterns, and situational decision-making represent the spatio-temporal expression of how individuals and groups perceive and transform their immediate surroundings in the process of landscape construction. This process is based on various environmental and cognitive variables such as group memory or individual demands and perceptions – a combination of different empirically, theoretically, and methodologically derived concepts, which are not often included jointly in archaeological and geographical research. A potential approach to overcome these limitations is the concept of landscape affordances, which entails dynamic and processual feedbacks of an individual or a group and the environment in the moment of mutual interaction and integrates human ingenuity in the production of landscapes, ecological processes, and sociocultural patterns. Deriving from psychology research of the late 1970’s by James J. Gibson, affordances describe the phenomena of propositions emanating from objects within a specific environment. Consequently, landscape affordances are non-static, actual, and potential confrontations between observer and particular resources or functions distributed among the accessible realm of the observer. In this lecture, the conceptual framework of landscape affordances is used to evaluate its potential in computational landscape archaeology and geography through the integration of different temporal scales and time-series analyses.

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Lunchtime Seminar: How do we link pattern recognition with transformations in prehistoric and archaic societies?

How do we link pattern recognition with transformations in prehistoric and archaic societies?

Feb 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Leibnizstraße 1, Raum 204 / virtual meeting

Internes Treffen

Hybrides Treffen (attandace & digital)

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Making Sense of Scottish Neolithic Funerary Monuments and Practices”

Feb 08, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual meeting

Alison Sheridan National Museums Scotland

Making Sense of Scottish Neolithic Funerary Monumentsand Practices

Megalithic chamber tombs – of widely varying shape and size – and non-megalithic funerary monuments loom large in the visible traces of Scotland’s Neolithic, but they formed just one element in a diverse range of practices concerned with dealing with, relating to, and commemorating the dead. This lecture explores this diversity and draws out the regional and chronological trends that can now be discerned, thanks to our growing body of radiocarbon dates. It also attempts to understand the origins, meanings and significance of these funerary monuments, and to identify the ‘drivers’ for the specific trajectories of change that we see.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Pattern recognition and its methodological and technical discussion (Subprojects G and Z)

Subprojects G and Z: Pattern recognition and its methodological and technical discussion

Feb 03, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Leibnizstraße 1, Raum 204 / virtual meeting

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Hybrides Treffen (attandace & digital)

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Domestication in Action – On the Archaeology of Human- Reindeer Interaction”

Jan 25, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual meeting

Anna-Kaisa Salmi University of Oulu

Domestication in Action – On the Archaeology of Human-Reindeer Interaction

The domestication of animals has traditionally been understood in terms of human control over the animal’s lives and the subsequent morphological, genetic and population structure change. However, this approach is not sufficient for understanding the domestication of the reindeer, or in fact, the early domestication processes of many other animal species. The commonly used domestication markers, such as morphological, genetic and population structure changes are not likely to reflect domestication in the reindeer as clearly as in many other species because of the limited and varying human influence on the reindeer’s life cycle in past reindeer pastoralism.

This presentation explores alternative ways to identify and understand reindeer domestication. Specifically, I will explore possibilities for tracing human-reindeer interactions such as draught reindeer use and reindeer feeding in the archaeological record as markers of domestication. Understanding domestication in the context on human-animal interaction is in line with current definition of animal domestication as a wide range of mutualistic relationship between human and animals. Furthermore, it allows a range of new archaeological techniques to be used as domestication markers. This lecture will present some the first archaeological results on past reindeer feeding and draught reindeer use, and their implications for human-reindeer relationships.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Identifying general and specific patterns through socio-ecological data (Subprojects F)

Subprojects F: Identifying general and specific patterns through socio-ecological data

Jan 20, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Leibnizstraße 1, Raum 204 / virtual meeting

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Hybrides Treffen (attandace & digital)

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Biweekly Colloquium: “The Lesser Grains. Millet Consumption in Prehistoric Italy”

Jan 11, 2021 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

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Mary Anne Tafuri Sapienza University of Rome

The Lesser Grains. Millet Consumption in Prehistoric Italy

The application of biomolecular techniques for the study of food practices in prehistoric Europe has revealed an interesting complexity. This is particularly true for the Bronze Age, where the use of ‘alternative’ grains, such as millets, has been assessed isotopically through the measurement of stable carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) isotope ratios in human and animal bone collagen. Earliest evidence of C4 plants consumption comes from northern Italy, with the Po plain acting as a hotspot for the development of the farming of new crops. Isotopic data from Early, Middle and Late Bronze Age sites from western Veneto and Friuli will be discussed in the light of a recent reassessment of our understanding of prehistoric food practices in Italy. Data obtained contribute to the understanding of mode and tempo of the spread of new crops in the Peninsula, which might further call for a reconsideration of food production and consumption among Bronze Age groups of southern and central Europe.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Recognising patterns in the rise of the Neolithic and early state societies (Subprojects C and E)

Subprojects C and E: Recognizing patterns in the rise of the Neolithic and early state societies

Dec 16, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

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Internes Treffen (Online)

 

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ROOTS Social Inequalities Forum

Dec 15, 2020 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM

Online

Social diversity and conflict: a Neolithic lockdown?

In the framework of a Bournemouth University/Kiel University Joint Seminar, the ROOTS Social Inequalities Forum will host two presentations:

  • “3200-2800 BC: Crises, Transformations and Connectivity in North Central Europe” by Johannes Müller (Kiel University, SFB Teilprojekt C1)
  • “3200-2900 BC: Crises, Transformations and Connectivity in Southern Britain” by Timothy Darvill (Bournemouth University)

 

The programme of the 2020/2021 winter term Bournemouth University "Department of Archaeology & Anthropology Research Seminars" (including the relevant login data) can be downloaded here.

Tim Kerig

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Dispersal 2.0: Population History and the Spread of Early Farming in Europe”

Dec 07, 2020 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual meeting

Marc Vander Linden Bournemouth University

Dispersal 2.0: Population History and the Spread of Early Farming in Europe

Despite extensive coverage in academic and popular media, the reports of the solution to the spread of farming have been greatly exaggerated. Namely, whilst recent aDNA research has indeed demonstrated the long-suggested link between population movement and the introduction of plant and animal domesticates across Europe, our understanding of how this process actually happened remains surprisingly limited. What factors were shaping the demographic expansion of this population? How much ecological and environmental parameters did influence this expansion and the known spatio-temporal in agricultural practices? To what extent local foraging communities were involved? This lecture will tackle some of these questions by focusing on the early Holocene sequence in the western Balkans and Adriatic basin, by discussing results gained from fieldwork, synthetic appraisal of museum collections and literature, and computational approaches undertaken as part of a recently completed ERC project.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Patterns among hunter-gatherers, agriculturalists, and metallurgists (Subprojects B and D)

Subprojects B and D: Patterns among hunter-gatherers, agriculturalists, and metallurgists

Dec 02, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

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Internes Treffen (Online)

 

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Archaeological colloquium: "Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen im östlichen Mittelmeerraum - Geoarchäologische Untersuchungen in Göbekli Tepe (Türkei), Jawa (Jordanien) und Bubastis (Ägypten)."

Nov 30, 2020 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 4, R. 28 and online

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister  Würzburg

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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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Lunchtime Seminar: Understanding, theorising, and modelling the recognition of patterns (Subprojects A1 and A2)

Subprojects A1 and A2: Understanding, theorizing, and modelling the recognition of patterns

Nov 18, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Ohlshausenstraße 75, Raum 177 / virtual meeting

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Hybrides Treffen (attandace & digital)

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Archaeological colloquium: "Wider die Krise – Mobilität als Resilienz Potential von jungneolithischen Siedlungsgemeinschaften des nördlichen Alpenvorlandes."

Nov 16, 2020 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 4, R. 28 and online

Dr. des. Caroline Heitz  Bern

 

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Uncovering the Archaeological Landscape of the Veluwe; Central Netherlands, through Remote Sensing, Data Science and Citizen Science”

Nov 09, 2020 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

Virtual meeting

Karsten Lambers Leiden University

Uncovering the Archaeological Landscape of the Veluwe; Central Netherlands, through Remote Sensing, Data Science and Citizen Science

This talk will provide an update on ongoing archaeological research on the Veluwe, one of the few densely forested areas in the Netherlands. While many archaeological traces are well preserved under the forest cover, they are also well hidden. In spite of decades of archaeological fieldwork by Leiden University and others, our image of the rich archaeological heritage of the Veluwe is still sketchy.

Two recently launched, interlinked research projects are currently expanding our knowledge considerably. Both approach the Veluwe from a regional perspective. In a data science project, called WODAN (Workflow for Object Detection of Archaeology in the Netherlands) we are developing a multi-class detector of archaeological objects in LiDAR data, the core of which is a Faster R-CNN (region-based convolutional neural network). This project has more than doubled the amount of known prehistoric burial mounds in the region, and has also allowed substantial progress in the study of Celtic fields and charcoal kilns. In a citizen science project, called Heritage Quest, hundreds of citizen researchers have been mapping the same three object categories in LiDAR data, and some of them are currently helping us to verify them in the field, which again expands the number of known archaeological objects considerably.

Both projects inform each other through the mutual proposal and cross-validation of potential archaeological objects. They also generate data that allow us to assess and compare the performance of experts, volunteers, and neural networks in the detection and mapping of archaeological objects.

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Lunchtime Seminar: Pattern Recognition

Lunchtime Seminar season five: Introduction

Nov 04, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM

Ohlshausenstraße 75, Raum 177 / virtual meeting

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Hybrides Treffen (attandace & digital)

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Connectivities of herding”

Jul 13, 2020 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

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Prof. Dr. Cheryl Makarewicz • Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University

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Biweekly Colloquium: “Outline of a Philosophy of Archaeology”

Jun 29, 2020 from 04:15 PM to 05:45 PM

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Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott • Department of Philosophy, Kiel University

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