CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

F5: Social Dimensions of Technological Change

Experimental manufacture
Experimental manufacture of an asymmetrical bifacial sickle known from the Danish Bronze Age - Foto: Berit V. Eriksen

Technology represents an important medium for socio-environmental interactions  particularly in times of change. Either the introduction of new technologies is seen as a response to change, or technological innovation is itself seen as a trigger or a direct cause of a societal or environmental transformation. The main aim of the project is to investigate culturally-specific and general anthropologic patterns as well as individual decisions regarding how technologies are contested, chosen and rejected and how this relates to phenomena of transformation in socio-environmental interactions. This will be approached by involving international guest researchers to create dialogues with the PIs in the CRC.

Research activities 2017-2018


Modern reconstruction of the funnel-beaker megalith Wangels
Modern reconstruction of the funnel-beaker megalith Wangels (Ostholstein) on the area of the CAU (picture: Karin Winter). F5 considers megatlihs as being ritual, social and architectual aspects of imperial and innovative technonologies.

 

Publications:

Bech, J.H., Eriksen, B.V., Kristiansen, K., 2018Bronze Age Settlement and Land-Use in Thy, Northwest Denmark, Vol. I-II. Jutland Archaeological Society Publications Vol. 102. Højbjerg: Aarhus University Press. 

Brozio, J.P., Müller, J., Furholt, M., Kirleis, W., Dreibrodt, S., Feeser, I., Dörfler, W., Weinelt, M., Raese, H., Bock, A.-L., 2019. Monuments and Economies − What drove their Variability in the Middle Holocene Neolithic? The Holocene. Special Issue: Scales of Transformation – Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies. DOI

Eriksen, B.V.2018. Bronze Age flint-working at Bjerre, Thy. In: Bech, J.H., Eriksen, B.V., Kristiansen, K. (eds.), Bronze Age Settlement and Land-Use in Thy, Northwest Denmark, Vol. I-II. Jutland Archaeological Society Publications Vol. 102. Højbjerg: Aarhus University Press, 281–347.

Kadrow, S., Müller, J. (eds.) forthcoming 2019. Habitus? The Social Dimension of Technology and Transformation. Leiden: Sidestone Press. 

Knitter, D., Brozio J.P., Dörfler, W., Duttmann, R., Feeser, I., Hamer, W., Kirleis, W., Müller, J., Nakoinz, O., 2019Transforming Landscapes: Land-use Patterns of Environmental Borderlands. The Holocene. Special Issue: Scales of Transformation – Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies. DOI

Müller, J. 2018. Social memories and site biographies: construction and perception in non-literate societies. In: Bakels, C.C., Bourgeois, Q.P.J., Fontijn, D.R., Jansen, R. (eds.), Local communities in the Big World of prehistoric Northwest Europe. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 49. Leiden: Sidestone Press, 9–17. 

Müller, J., Diachenko, A., 2019. Tracing long-term demographic changes: The issue of spatial scales. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0208739. PlosOne 

Müller, J., Hofmann, R., Ohlrau, R., Shatilo, M., 2018. The social constitution and political organisation of Triolye mega-sites: hierarchy and balance. In: Meller, H., Gronenborn, D., Risch, R. (eds.),Überschuss ohne Staat - Politische Formen in der Vorgeschichte. Surplus without the state - political forms in Prehistory, 10th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany October 19-21, 2017  Halle (Saale). Tagungen des Landesmuseums für Vorgeschichte Halle 18. Halle: Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt, 247–262. 

Spataro, M., Furholt, M. (eds.), forthcoming 2019Detecting and explaining technological innovation in prehistory. Leiden: Sidestone Press.

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