Exploration Project in the Context of Bronze and Iron Age Conflict Research: Pit Alignments

Within the framework of a small pilot project, the aspect of territoriality in the Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age will be investigated. Territories, borders and marker lines do not only indicate conflicts, but can also be understood as an approach for conflict avoidance. While Bronze Age fortifications have always been a focus of conflict research and their construction is interpreted as a reaction to armed conflicts, pit alignments are a group of features that has only received increased attention in the last decade, not least due to large-scale archaeological investigations. In this project, large-scale geophysical prospections are carried out on pit, palisade and coking pit alignments in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and are supplemented by small test excavations. In relation to the landscape, an attempt will be made to understand the significance of this group of features with regard to possible borderlines.  

Project by Jutta Kneisel jutta.kneisel@ufg.uni-kiel.de



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