CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Archéologie et Gobelets

Archéologie et Gobelets

Between 17th and 21st of May 2017 the CRC-1266 ‘Scales of Transformation’ and Graduate School ‘Human Development in Landscapes’ will jointly organise the workshop Archéologie et Gobelets in Kiel, titled:

“Think Global, Act Local! The Transformation of Spatial Interaction and Material Culture in Beaker Contexts of the 3rd Millennium BC in Europe”.

The 3rd millennium BC in Europe is a period showing a new quality in the transregional distribution of material culture. What is more, there is a more marked duality between the fragmented pattern of local styles and the new overarching trans-regional elements of material culture, most notably expressed in archaeological terms by the Bell Beaker and Corded Ware phenomena. Such a duality, especially marked by the concept of Bell Beakers and ”Common Ware”, is surely not a total novelty. But the hitherto unknown width of distribution of „global" Corded Ware, or Bell Beaker elements is evidence of a new character of this dialectic in the 3rd millennium BC.

In this workshop, we want to explore the background of this new quality. To what extent is this re-arrangement of global and local frames of reference a consequence of a fundamental change in social organisation and economic practices? In how far does it reflect increased migration, new mobility patterns, or changing networks of interaction? Or how can we disentangle the effect of different developments that might have led to the culmination of the Neolithic sequence in European prehistory?

Programme and Abstracts

Practical Instructions

Map of Kiel