CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Biweekly Colloquia: “From Practice to Transformation in Pre- and Protohistory”

Lectures by international invited experts from different disciplines presenting their research on specific topics: Mondays, 4:15 PM, on a biweekly basis. Organised by the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS & the CRC 1266.

Topic of the winter term 2020/2021 is “From Practice to Transformation in Pre- and Protohistory”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Biweekly Colloquia cannot take place as usual and will be moved to virtual space. The Biweekly Colloquia will take place via the web conference system Zoom. Instructions on how to register and set up Zoom for CAU staff can be obtained from the CAU's computer centre website. External colleagues can participate in the Biweekly Colloquia with the free version of Zoom by using the access information sent to them.

The web conference versions of the Biweekly Colloquia will also take place as usual on Mondays from 4:15-5:45 PM. The presentations will be streamed live, followed by a discussion round of all participants.

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Poster Biweekly Colloquia winter term 2020/2021

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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