CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Johanna Brinkmann

Johanna BrinkmannTheories on Neolithic Monumentality

Leibnizstraße 3, R. 126 

Subproject A1: Theories of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies



PhD project

Theories on Neolithic Monumentality

The thesis analyses the occurrence of monumentality and transformation-processes in the British Isles, Scandinavia and Northern Germany in the period between 4500 and 1800 BC. In this period various forms of monuments and numerous material phenomena exist in the different prehistoric societies of Northern Europe. Form the three studied areas sophisticated archaeological archives are available and the current state of research is substantial. This provides a solid basis for the thesis. A compilation of the different forms of monumentality is carried out considering the archaeological background of the working area with regard to transformations in the human activities (i.e. in the material phenomena). Simultaneously a comparison of the different theoretical models resulting from different research traditions in the three regions of the studied area is planned. Furthermore, these theories will be discussed against the existing archaeological background. The results of this comparison and evaluation provides the basis for the development of distinct middle range theories about transformation processes in prehistoric societies.

CRC 1266 Interlinking Group

Economies: stability and transformation

Research interests

Prehistoric Archaeology, Monumentality, Theories in Archaeology, Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology, Experimental Archaeology


2013 - 2016
Masterstudium (Prähistorische und Historische Archäologie) an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (abgeschlossen 2017 mit Master of Arts; Titel der Masterarbeit: Arbeitsaufwandsberechnungen zu Bronzeartefakten – Diachroner Vergleich von Aufwand und Wert in Mitteleuropa)

2010 - 2013 
Bachelorstudium (Vor-und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie/Europäische Ethnologie/Volkskunde) an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (abgeschlossen 2013 mit Bachelor of Arts)

Work experience

Technical Assistent in the CRC 1266: Scales of Transformation

Student Assistent at Graduate School „Human Development in Landscapes“, Kiel University (International workshop Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes IV)

2011 - 2016 
Participartion in various excavations and geomagmetic surveys in Germany (Bullenheimer Berg, Homfeld), Poland (Bruszczewo) and Serbia (Bordjos)



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