Session: #713

Theme & Session Format

The archaeology of material culture, bodies and landscapes
Session format:
Session, made up of a combination of papers, max. 15 minutes each

Title & Content

The fourth and third century BC - a Pan-European turning point
Changing burial rites, art and settlement patterns indicate a break which seems to be more radical than the transition from Bronze Age to Iron Age in some regions. The transition in the fourth and third century represents a significant transformation of the social and cultural system and a new configuration of economic structures and the European system of interaction. Central Europe is characterized by the end of the social, cultural and economic system of the Hallstatt/Latène tradition, the Celtic migration, the occurrence of coinage and new technologies. In the North-Pontic region the Sarmatians take over after the Skythians. In the north-east new cultures like the Poienesti-Lukasevka, Zarubintsy and Przeworsk Cultures are replacing various Early Iron Age cultures while the Jastorf culture of the north-west undergoes fundamental changes. The different regions influencing each other form a rather complex system of interrelationships with unforeseen effects such as the emergence of new supra-regional interaction structures and adaptive circles. This session aims to explore the transition described above in Europe. We invite papers on information from different regions on what is changing, on the chronology of different transformations, on the influence of other regions and on the interpretation of the changing features.
This session is part of the SIMB initiative ("Spheres of Interaction between the Mediterranean and the Baltic in the first millennium BC",
third century, transformation processes, discontinuity
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Main organiser:
Dr Jes Martens (Norway) 1
PD Dr. Habil. Oliver Nakoinz (Germany) 2
Dr Larissa Vorotinskaya Vorotinskaya (Russia) 3
Dr Clara Filet (France) 4
Dr Aurélia Feugnet (France) 4
1. University of Oslo, Museum of Cultural History
2. Christian Albrechts Universität, Kiel, Germany
3. The State Hermitage Museum, Sct. Petersburg
4. University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, UMR 7041 ArScAn 'Archéologies Environnemenrales' UMR 8546 AOROC