CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation


Nov 20, 2020

3rd North German Stone Age Round Table... virtual

Studying lithic artefacts together

On November 27th from 10am-3pm, the 3rd North German Stone Age Round Table organised by members of Knowledge ROOTS and the B1 and C1 projects of the CRC 1266 will take place in a BBB room hosted by Kiel University. 

The North German Stone Age Round Table brings together about 20-30 experts every year on the Friday before the 1st Advent. Young and experienced scholars from higher education, research, museum, and government departments who are interested in Stone Age topics or work on current research projects, theories, museum projects, and theses related to the Stone Age of Northern Germany (Lower Saxony, Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Berlin) meet here. In particular, this informal meeting is intended to provide an opportunity for discussion, exchange, and networking, which is why the lectures are explicitly kept short in order to provide sufficient time for questions and thoughts.

After Rostock (2018) and Wilhelmshaven (2019), the Stone Age Round Table was supposed to take place at Kiel University in 2020. However, due to the current provisions for containing the pandemic, the meeting had to be converted to an online format. At present, 10 lectures (see programme) covering topics from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age and 22 participants from seven institutions are registered. Interested colleagues are welcome to attend and may contact Sonja B. Grimm ( or Moiken Hinrichs ( for further details.

Program PDF  here


Workshop “Millet and what else? The wider context of the adoption of millet cultivation in Europe”

“Millet and what else? The wider context of the adoption of millet cultivation in Europe”

On 27-28 November 2019, at the Science Centre Kiel, an international workshop will take place, organised by CRC 1266 subprojects F3D1and G1: “Millet and what else? The wider context of the adoption of millet cultivation in Europe”. The CRC 1266’s ‘Millet Dating Programme’ (2017-2019) demonstrated that cultivation of millet started in Europe in the Middle-Late Bronze Age. Now, over 20 invited workshop participants – archaeobotanists, archaeological scientists, ethnographers – will talk about the dietary, economic and cultural context of the period in which the new crop, broomcorn millet (Panicum miliaceum), was introduced in Europe from regions to the east. They will also present new results of the application of state-of-the-art methods (such as biomolecular analysis) that trace millet consumption and millet meals in archaeological deposits, and will discuss the agronomic and technological aspects of millet cultivation.

Innovations and changes in food production can have important ramifications for economy in general, as well as technological development and social relations. The workshop will emphasize the potentially transformative socio-economic power of broomcorn millet in the past.

Workshop report here


2nd Geosophy Workshop in Kiel

Geosophy Workshop 2019

The Geosophy Workshop, organised by the CRC 1266, enters its second round. From June 26 to 27, the Geosophy 2.0 workshop will bring together archaeologists, philosophers, geographers and many more to gain deeper insights into eco-social relationships by gathering ideas on how to reconstruct the geography of past times. The insights gained in this way will provide important information on whether or how such geographies change. Identifying these changes is an important element in understanding and explaining transformations in societies and their relationships to the environment.



International Open Workshop: “Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes VI”
GS-SFB Workshop 2018

Next year, for the sixth time, the International Open Workshop: “Socio-Environmental Dynamics Over the Last 15,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes“ takes place from 11 to 16 March at Kiel University. For the first time it will be organised jointly by the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes“ and the CRC 1266. 
The call for papers is now open. 18 Sessions cover a wide variety of topics: From lateglacial societies to communities of pre-modern cites, human adaptation and coping strategies, burial rites, residential behaviour, formation of complex networks and past health, and different theoretical and methodological approaches just to name a few. The paper submission deadline is 30 November 2018! 
Click here for detailed information and a list of the sessions 

Workshop report (CRC1266 activities) here


MN V-Workhop: Das Store-Valby Phänomen 

Workshop MN-V 2019

From 27-28 February, CRC projects C1 and F5 will organise a workhop on the Middle Neolithic V. 

In northern Germany and southern Scandinavia, the beginning of the 3rd millennium B.C. is characterised by sociocultural changes within the Neolithic groups. Significant changes took place in forms of social organisation and in the ritual spheres of burials and their function as means of representation. But also changes in the field of economy and material culture are visible.

In this phase a cultural phenomenon appears in the western Baltic Sea region, which according to a Danish site is called Store-Valby and is systematically assigned to the last phase of the Northern Funnel Beaker groups. Characteristic for these groups is a material culture that on the one hand refers to older developments but in other repects clearly distinguishes itself from these.

In the workshop, experts from Southern Scandinavia and Northern Germany, will discuss questions such as possible triggers for the phenomenon, the relationship to the northern group of Funnel Beakers, and other contemporary cultural phenomena such as Single Grave culture or Pitted Ware culture groups, as well as questions on economy, subsistence, burial practices, and material culture. It will be organised by CRC Mercator fellow Niels Nørkjær Johannsen, University Aarhus University, Jan Piet Brozio, and Johannes Müller.


MN V Workshop
27-28 February 2019
Leibnizstraße 1, room 207

Workshop report here


International Workshop "Habitus, the social dimension of technology and transformation"

Workshop Habitus

The workshop focuses on the various scales of social transformation seen from the perspective of human-environmental interaction. Attention is drawn to the importance of technology in transformation processes, especially in its social aspects. The aim is to explore technology as a trigger of socio-cultural change, in its mutual relations with social structures, institutions, power, ideologies, traditions, inequalities and conflicts against the economic and environmental background.

It is assumed that people work in a routine manner, i.e. in a system (habitus) of embodied dispositions, usually shared by people with a similar cultural background, which organize the ways in which individuals perceive the social world around them.

To cope with the new challenges, people actively use various technologies. However in many cases new technologies are introduced almost unconsciously and then they affect the direction of transformation in a slow and evolutionary way. In other cases, some technologies, no matter whether they were adopted consciously or not, reinforced and accelerated certain tendencies in social development. A comparative approach, both in terms of spatial and chronological scale, seems to be an effective tool in understanding and explaining the relation between technology and transformation.

By inviting archaeologists from different countries representing different research traditions, the role of technology will be discussed as a proxy for social transformation in Europe and beyond.

The most important questions addressed are: (1) What is the place of technology among other triggers of social transformation? (2) Is technology a necessary trigger of social change? (3) What accompanying factors accelerate changes but do not cause them? (4) What is the role of migration in the adaptation and use of new technologies?

Interested audience and discussants are welcome to attend!

Here is the official programme: Official Programme Booklet 

Poster PDF

Workshop report here


 Workshop „Gender transformations in prehistoric and archaic societies”


Women in the house and men in the field - why should such a division of the gender roles remain the same for thousands of years while the social context and the environment change? Particularly in the case of the prominent transformation processes such as sedentism, the introduction of new technologies or urbanization, it can be assumed that gender identities and the distribution of tasks have always been renegotiated in the respective societies. This topic will be discussed with 30 papers in the scope of the CRC 1266 International Workshop taking place 8-10 March 2018 in Kiel. Registration is possible until 10 February 2018.

Workshop report here


International Workshop: “Detecting and explaining technological innovation in prehistoric Europe” vom 23.-24. November

Detecting and explaining technological innovation in prehistoric Europe

Dr. Michela Spataro, scientist at the British Museum and current CRC 1266 Mercator Fellow of subproject F5 “Social Dimensions of Technological Change” invites interested parties to attending an international workshop taking place at Kiel University November 23-24. In the scope of „Detecting and explaining technological innovations in prehistoric Europe“, specialists from different disciplines will talk about social matters of technological transformations from a diachronic perspective. Presenting case studies from across the globe, the contributions will discuss changes in the chaîne opératoire of artefacts: origin, initial appearance, adoption and diffusion.

Poster PDF    Flyer PDF   Program PDF

Workshop report: here


Subproject A2 Workshop “Geosophy” 


Geosophy...a catchy term for the study of geographical knowledge. We think that the spatial distribution and patterning of material remains contain important information about the way how people thought about their world and how they created their landscape.”

Daniel Knitter und Wolfgang Hamer, Mitarbeiter von Teilprojekt A2, bringen am 7. Und 8. Dezember fünf externe Spezialisten und SFB 1266 Mitglieder zusammen, um die Signifikanz geographischer Informationen in der Landschaftsarchäologie kritisch zu hinterfragen und neue Potentiale zu erschießen. Das Format des Workshops kombiniert Vorträge und offene Diskussion.

more information  Program PDF


„Think Global, Act Local!“ Workshop from „Archèologie et Gobelets” in Kiel, 17.-19. Mai 2017    

„Think Global, Act Local!“ Workshop

Vom 17. bis zum 19. Mai findet in Kiel der 21. Workshop der Gesellschaft „Archèologie et Gobelets” als Gemeinschaftsveranstaltung des SFB 1266 sowie der Graduiertenschule „Human Development in Landscapes“ statt. Die „Archèologie et Gobelets” widmet sich der Erforschung des Glockenbecherphänomens, eine Kulturerscheinung, die im Europa des 3. Jahrtausend v.u.Z. eine wichtige Rolle in der transregionalen Distribution von materieller Kultur sowie sozialer und ökonomischer Innovationen spielte. Mit dem diesjährigen Thema „Think Global, Act Local! The Transformation of Spatial Interaction and Material Culture in Beaker Contexts of the 3rd Millenium BC in Europe“ sollen die als lokale und globale in Erscheinung tretende Phänomene analysiert werden, bezugnehmend auf neue Fragestellungen wie beispielsweise Migration und Interaktion. Mit 34 Vorträgen und über 70 Teilnehmenden verspricht der Workshop neue inhaltliche Impulse und eine guten Gelegenheit zum Austausch unter den Forschungsinteressierten.

Mehr Informationen und Programm finden Sie hier Link zur Veranstaltung

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