CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation


Jan 04, 2020

Obituary – Stanislav Ţerna ( 29.12.2020)

Stanislav Terna

We mourn the death of our friend and archaeologist Stanislav Ţerna, who died on 29.12.2020 as a result of a tragic traffic accident. We lose a colleague, friend and scientist who had only lived in Kiel for a short time. He was employed here as a scientist in the Collaborative Research Centre 1266 at the Institute for Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, conducting research on aspects of the Southeastern and Eastern European Neolithic and Chalcolithic, in particular the Tripolye site of Stolniceni in Moldova. We had known Stanislav Ţerna since the Maidanetske excavation campaign in Ukraine in 2014, and since then we repeatedly worked with him on various archaeological surveys and excavations. We came to know and appreciate him as a warm-hearted, cheerful and polyglot person and a passionate and imaginative scientist.
Stanislav Ţerna began his academic career at the High Anthropological School University in Chişinău, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Anthropology in 2007 and defended his thesis on anthropomorphic representations of the Cucuteni Tripolye culture, supervised by Prof. Igor Manzura. In 2008, he obtained a Master's degree in Anthropology at the same university, specialising in the history and culture of European civilisations. His thesis dealt with anthropomorphic sculptures from the Romanian settlements of Hăbăşeşti and Trusheşti. As his numerous articles and several book publications show, the subject of anthropomorphic representations of the Cucuteni-Tripolye complex was one of Stanislav Ţerna’s main fields of research.
Stanislav Ţerna was born in Moldova and carried the warmth and cheerfulness of this region. Everyone who met him was fascinated by his liveliness, energy, sociability, knowledge and enthusiasm for archaeology. His origins and his communicative and linguistic talent made him a border crosser and mediator between Eastern and Western scientific worlds. This international cross-border orientation is reflected, among other things, in internships and research fellowships at the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute in Berlin, the Brandenburg State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern in Switzerland and the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes" at Kiel University. Moreover, he was also editor and co-editor of important scientific journals such as “Revista Arheologică” and “Stratum Plus”. 
Stanislav Ţerna has made important contributions to the study of the Neolithic and the Cucuteni-Tripolye complex of the Carpathian-Dnepr region: In cooperation with partners of the Romano-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute, the University of Regensburg and Kiel University, he organised diverse field research and thereby contributed to the clarification of Linear Pottery and Cucuteni-Tripolye settlement patterns, among other things. The focus of his research in recent years has been the large Tripolye settlement of Stolniceni in Moldova, where extensive and modern prospections and excavations have been carried out under his direction. It is decisively due to his archaeological skills and positive character that this research was not only very successful but that he was also able to win the hearts and the high regard of his colleagues and the local workers.
Unfortunately, beside his immense record Stanislav Ţerna was not able to complete so many important projects he had started. We mourn his early death and would like to express our condolences to his wife Andrea, his family and his friends. We miss you, Stas!
For the Kiel colleagues
Johannes Müller, Wiebke Kirleis, Robert Hofmann, Mila Shatilo, Marta Dal Corso

Dec 09, 2020

CRC 1266 member as expert on Plant Wissen (WDR, SWR, ARD-alpha)

Planet Wissen Gespräch

The Bronze Age in Central Europe (about 2200 - 800 B.C.) is the main topic of the episode “Bronzezeit – Die vergessene Epoche” of the scientific television show Planet Wissen. It demonstrates that the Bronze Age should not be forgotten under any circumstances and that the 1400 year period between the Stone Age and the Iron Age brought forth exciting technical innovations and social structures. Dr. Jutta Kneisel, researcher in  the CRC 1266 (D3) was invited to the studio as an expert. Together with Prof. Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich), she informs the audience, for instance, about people's everyday life, the way they dealt with conflicts, and the special role of women in the Bronze Age.

Available online in the ARD-Mediathek, the BR-Mediathek and via the Planet Wissen Homepage.

Nov 30, 2020

CRC 1266 archaeobotanist at the digital 8th McDonnell Academy International Symposium


On Saturday, 7th November 2020, the 8th McDonnell Academy International Symposium of Washington University in St. Louis took place, with the title "The Origin of Eurasian Foodways and Cuisines: Environmental challenges and culinary solutions to good globalization in prehistory". 

The digital workshop brought together international scientists to discuss the spread of different crops between 5,000 and 1,500 BC and its impact on prehistoric societies and the environment. The outcome of the workshop will help improve understanding of the prehistoric roots of Eurasian foodways and cuisines, and may also contribute to a deeper awareness of current and future challenges to food security. The CRC 1266 was also represented at the workshop by Dragana Filipovic (F3). Based on various examples, she considered the influence of the spread of millet (Panicum miliaceum) in Europe from the mid-2ndmillennium BC. This spread had effects that are reflected in the palaeoecological and archaeological record in different regions of Europe.

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.

Oct 29, 2020

Welcome to the CRC 1266! First General Assembly of Phase 2

Mitgliederversammlung des SFB1266 in LS1

On Friday 23rd October the CRC 1266 gathered together both in person and online for the 2020 General Assembly. This hybrid event was a chance for new members to learn more about the CRC 1266 and their future research perspectives, as well as to be introduced to everyone else for the first time. We were also pleased to welcome the new president of Kiel University, Prof. Dr. med. Simone Fulda, as a special guest.

CAU-Präsidentin Simone Fulda

In addition, past successes were highlighted and the way forward for phase 2 was outlined.

After the meeting those present in person also enjoyed a socially-distanced and masked open-air reception to celebrate the continuation of the CRC 1266 and the start of phase 2.

Open-air reception

For more pictures, please click here.

Oct 09, 2020

Rent-a-(CRC 1266)Scientist, Night of Science, 27.11.2020

Rent-a-ScientistWe are pleased to announce that the CRC 1266 will be represented at the event “Rent a Scientist: Wissenschaft macht Schule” as part of the Night of Science (in German, 27.11.2020, held by KielRegion and Kiel Sailing City). Schools can book scientists for a class until 23.10.2020.

The CRC 1266 will be represented by:

We wish all participants an enjoyable Night of Science.

Aug 21, 2020

CRC 1266 at the 26th EAA Virtual Annual Meeting, 24-30 August 2020

Europäischer Archäologie-Kongress 2020

Under the motto #Networking, the first virtual EAA Annual Meeting will take place next week, from 24-30 August. In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, archaeologists from Europe and all over the world will meet in virtual space in order not to let the scientific exchange and their networks come to a stop in difficult times.

Despite a reduced scientific program due to the cancellation of some sessions, CRC 1266 will be represented by a large number of its members at the 26th EAA, who will present their research and research results made within CRC 1266. For those who do not yet know which lectures or sessions they would like to attend during this year's EAA, the “CRC 1266 at the EAA 2020 schedule” provides information on when and where lectures by CRC 1266 members and sessions co-organised by CRC 1266 members will take place. 

We are especially pleased about the keynote lecture by Maria Wunderlich, PI of the subprojects A1 and C2, on Sunday, August 30, 2020, entitled "An orchestra of meanings - Is it possible to understand the multilayered character of past human social organization?".

We wish all speakers, participants and organisers a successful EAA 2020! 

For further information on the conference or to register to participate in the EAA 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, please visit the event website.

July 28, 2020

German Archaeology Congress (DAK) 21.-24.09.2020 goes digital!

Deutscher Digitaler Archäologie-Kongress 2020

As the first digital archaeology congress in Germany, this year's  German Archaeology Congress (DAK) will take place from 21.-24.09.2020. Under the motto "Horizons", the Archaeological State Office of Schleswig-Holstein in Schleswig, the Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University, the Museum of Archaeology Gottorf Castle in Schleswig and the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology invite archaeologists from Germany, Europe and all around the world to expand and create new horizons.

Within the framework of the DAK2020, the session »Der SFB 1266 TransformationsDimensionen: Mensch-Umwelt-Wechselwirkungen in prähistorischen und archaischen Gesellschaften« will take place Monday, 21stSeptember, where members of the CRC 1266 will present their research. The session is open to all interested and offers an insight into the activities and research results of the CRC 1266.

Registation is possible here.

July 22, 2020

New positions for the 2nd phase of the CRC 1266

job vacancies

For the second CRC phase a number of positions are available. Within the CRC 1266 the following positions are to be filled at the earliest possible date: 19 research positions (m/f/d) with the opportunity to prepare a PhD; 4 Postdoc (research associate) positions (m/f/d); 4 technical-administrative service positions (m/f/d) (scientific coordination, project management, IT systems technology); 1 press and public outreach position (m/f/d).

June 05, 2020

The CRC 1266 is prolonged for the 2nd Phase

Logo CRC1266

On May, 29th 2020 the German Research Foundation (DFG) announced the prolongation of the CRC 1266 "Scales of Transformation - Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies" for another four years, running from 2020-2024. 

The funding of the 2nd CRC 1266 phase is a great acknowledgement of the joint efforts of all CRC 1266 members, the cooperative spirit that carried us all the way through, and the sound scientific results gained so far. In the last four years, it was in particular the intensive cooperation with our national and foreign cooperation partners that gave the CRC wings. This can now be continued!

In particular our PhDs and Postdocs, who are one of the backbones of the CRC 1266, deserve utmost thanks for their enormous engagement. A combination of learning and research was important for them: In the end of the day they made their way in an interdisciplinary scientific environment, which at the beginning of their jobs was quite new for a majority of them. The mutual learning of the Principal Investigators from each other and with each other was also a key to success: In contrast to the atomisation that can sometimes be observed even in the scientific field, it was and is teamwork that led us to success.

We are very much looking forward to continuing our cooperation, are confident to consolidate our 1st phase results, and burn for reaching out to new scientific horizons. The 2nd phase of the CRC 1266 will focus on pattern recognition of prehistoric and archaic transformations and possible results are increasingly important with regard to the current global crisis.

April 09, 2020

CRC 1266 goes digital: Biweekly Colloquia and Lunchtime Seminars in virtual space

CRC1266 digital

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic many formats of the university and our daily life are moving towards the virtual space and same is the CRC 1266 doing.

The CRS 1266’s (co-)organized biweekly lecture series Lunchtime Seminars and the Biweekly Colloquia are now offered as a web conference format in Zoom open for all interested people.

For more information on the Biweekly Colloquia see here.
For more information on the Lunchtime Seminars see here.

April 09, 2020

German Congress of Archaeology 21-25.09.2020 in Kiel

DAK2020 in Kiel

This year's German Archaeology Congress (DAK) will take place from 21-25.09.2020 at the University of Kiel. Under the motto "Horizons", the Archaeological State Office of Schleswig-Holstein in Schleswig, the Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, the Museum of Archaeology Gottorf Castle in Schleswig and the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology invite archaeologists from Germany, Europe and all around the world to expand and create new horizonts.

Within the framework of the DAK2020, the session "SFB TransformationsDimensions in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies" will take place in the afternoon of Tuesday, September 22nd, where members of the SFB 1266 will present their research. The session is open to all who are interested and offers an insight into the activities and research results of the SFB 1266.

Registation is possible here.

Information about the DAK2020 - due to the unclear situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic - can be found on the DAK2020 website.

April 09, 2020

EAA 2021 is coming to Kiel!

Kiel from above

The 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) will take place in Kiel from 8-11 September 2021. On 26 March 2020 the Memorandum of Understanding between the EAA and the JMA was signed in Prague by Felipe Criado-Boado, president of the EAA, and Johannes Müller, speaker of the Johanna Mestorf Academy (JMA) and CRC 1266.

March 08, 2020


International Workshop "Upheaval before the upheaval?" / "Umbruch vor dem Umbruch?"

International Workshop

In archaeology, upheavals represent phases of profound transformation that have preoccupied researchers for over a century in almost all (pre-)historical periods.

The CRC 1266 participates in the international workshop "Upheaval before the upheaval?" / "Umbruch vor dem Umbruch?" together with the Universities of Basel, Erlangen, Cologne and Bergen, as well as with the State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments in the Regional Council of Stuttgart.  The aim of the workshop is to investigate transformations in the late 4th and early 3rd millennium BCE within local groups and their global networks in the regions between the North Sea and the Alpine Space.

The workshop will take place at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. The more than 15 contributions will present new research results from different regions during chronological phases which are preceding the transition to the so-called Beaker phenomenon. A (preliminary) program in German is available here.

On the part of the CRC 1266, the subprojects C1 and D2 are chronologically and geographically connected to the topic of the workshop.

Due to the situation of the COVID-19 Pandemic the workshop needed to be postponed to a now unkown date!

Organization: Clara Drummer, Philipp Gleich, Renate Ebersbach, Daniela Hofmann, Doris Mischka, Silviane Scharl


February 24, 2020

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship for CRC 1266 researcher

Sampling at the excavation site

Jos Kleijne, who conducted his PhD research in Kiel as part of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” (GSHDL) and additionally worked as a postdoc for the subproject C1 of the CRC 1266 on Neolithic transformations during the later 3rd millennium BC over the past year-and-a-half just received the wonderful news that his application for the Marie Skłodkowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF) was granted!

He will be working for two years at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with Hans Huisman and Daan Raemaekers on his project “MicroTRASH: Microscopic transformations in arable land and shell midden habitation in coastal northern Europe during the later 4th and 3rd millennium BC.” Within this project he will study the microscopic and chemical traces of past subsistence activities within a period characterised by large cultural and socio-economic transformations. His project will run for two years, probably from January 2021 onwards. We are sad to see him leave our institute but we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration in the future.

Photo: Sampling at the excavation site "Riņņukalns" in Latvia. The excavation was organisd by the University of Riga and the ZBSA in Schleswig. (Copyright Liga Palma, 2018)

February 24, 2020

CRC 1266 member at ARTE and Terra X

Dr. Julia Katharina Koch on the show

In March 2020, the programme of the French-German television channel ARTE will focus on women. This includes the search for the female part in human history between neolithisation and urbanisation. This is explored in the documentary film „Geschlechterkonflikt – Frauenbilder der Geschichte“ (Gender Conflict - Images of Women in History), produced by Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG on behalf of ZDF/ARTE, first broadcast on 7 March 2020. For the main interview on the current state of Gender Archaeology, our senior researcher Julia K. Koch was asked to conduct the interview in spring 2019; the interview took place in July at the Archaeological Museum Hamburg.

Broadcast dates:

Geschlechterkonflikt – Frauenbilder der Geschichte
52 min. TV documentary on ARTE
07 March 2020 at 21:05

TERRA X: Mächtige Männer – Ohnmächtige Frauen? Neue Fakten aus der Vergangenheit
43 min. TV documentary on ZDF
21 June 2020 at 19:30

January 6, 2020

Workshop "Millet - and what else?" in Kiel

Millet Workshop

The international workshop “Millet and what else? The wider context of the adoption of millet cultivation in Europe” took place in Kiel from the 27-28th November. The workshop marked the closing of the ‘Millet Dating Programme’ and celebrated the large collaborative work of the European archaeobotanical community, while also providing a roadmap for future research and collaborations. Over 20 invited workshop participants – archaeobotanists, archaeological scientists, zooarchaeologists, ethnographers – talked 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 presented new results of the application of the state-of-the-art methods (such as stable isotope and biomolecular analysis) that trace millet consumption and millet meals in archaeological deposits, and discussed the agronomic and technological aspects of millet cultivation.

Photo: Session during the workshop. (Photo: D. Filipovic)

January 6, 2020

Discourses on narratives and hard data: CRC 1266-Retreat

Retreat Rendsburg

A two-day retreat of the CRC 1266 in Rendsburg on 28-29 October 2019 took place in a productive atmosphere. The CRC 1266 community came together to summarize the results of the past months and to intensively discuss cross-connections between the subprojects in terms of content. The focus was on setting up new cross-sectional groups, discussing the new contexts and formulating scientific narratives. In the overall summaries, more concrete questions arose regarding the decisions of the transformation anatomy: new studies on settlement behaviour, new aspects of resilience to climatic and social changes and detailed studies on the aspect of "integrative architecture" were elaborated.


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