Conferences + Workshops

Archaeological Colloquium: Botanik in flagranti – Das pflanzliche Inventar eines durch Brand zerstörten, spätantik-frühbyzantinischen Stadtquartiers in Ephesos (PD Dr. Andreas Heiss, Wien)

Feb 06, 2023 from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Johanna-Mestorf-Hörsaal, Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2–6 (Eingang 4, Erdgeschoss, R. 28), 24118 Kiel

PD Dr. Andreas G. Heiss (Wien) spricht zum Thema:
Botanik in flagranti – Das pflanzliche Inventar eines durch Brand zerstörten, spätantik-frühbyzantinischen Stadtquartiers in Ephesos

In den Jahren 2011 bis 2018 wurden im Zentrum des spätantiken Ephesos etwa 2.000 m² eines ehemaligen Stadtviertel ergraben. Das einem heutigen Wohnblock (bzw. einer römischen insula) ähnelnde Areal ist aus mehreren unabhängigen Einheiten aufgebaut und umfasst u.a. einen repräsentativen Wohnbau, einige dem Handel dienende Räumlichkeiten, Werkstätten, sowie Betriebe wohl großmaßstäbiger Lebensmittelverarbeitung (etwa von Trauben, Getreide und Oliven). Mitte des 7. Jahrhunderts n. Chr. wurde das Viertel ein Raub der Flammen. Danach folgte zwar eine Weiternutzung des Areals bis ins 12. Jahrhundert, ein Großteil des Brandschutts blieb jedoch als »Schnappschuss« des Brandereignisses vor Ort und dient heute als wertvolle Wissensressource zur Erforschung der Lebensweise in Ephesos. Die 2014 begonnenen archäobotanischen Analysen stützen sich auf die hochauflösende Beprobung des Areals. Sie konnten im Herbst 2022 nach teils COVIDbedingten Unterbrechungen wiederaufgenommen werden und haben inzwischen Tausende identifizierte Pflanzenreste geliefert. Im Vortrag werden Highlights des aktuellen Forschungsstandes und deren Interpretation unter den Gesichtspunkten Holzkonstruktion, Möblierung, Landwirtschaft und Ernährung präsentiert.

Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Johanna-Mestorf-Hörsaal, Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2–6 (Eingang 4, Erdgeschoss, R. 28), 24118 Kiel
Es gelten die zum Zeitpunkt des Vortrags aktuellen Regelungen lt. Hochschulen-Coronaverordnung.

Zugangsdaten Zoom-Meeting:
Meeting-ID: 638 2520 9126
Kenncode: 693713

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Amber – a Connector of Knowledge and Societies

Feb 23, 2023 09:00 AM to Feb 25, 2023 02:30 PM

Leibnizstraße 1, R. 105

Amber in prehistory is still a big and important topic. Therefore, we would like to invite you to a joint workshop on amber as a "link between knowledge and societies" in the framework of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS in Kiel.
The aim of the workshop is to gain an overview of the European amber trade from the Late Neolithic to the Iron Age, less with regard to possible exchange routes than to the social aspect of the people who had access to amber. The main topic will be the social context of amber.

Symposia on amber have a long tradition since the analysis of Baltic amber by C.W. Beck. Much has been discussed about origin, exchange and possible course of exchange routes. We know in which regions amber appears in the archaeological find context and about its frequency in the individual regions. But what was its importance for the societies of that time and which group of people really had access to this strange stone from the north. Is amber just as important in the north at its source as it was in far away Mycenae? Who wore the large amber necklaces, who wore only pendants, who had access to raw amber? Who worked it? Were its flammable and electrostatic properties known? These are all questions we want to explore together in this workshop in order to gain as comprehensive a Europe-wide understanding as possible of the importance of amber in different societies.
Individual presentations will provide an overview of the social environments in which amber occurs. Does it occur primarily in dumps, in graves, or in settlements? Is it socialized with women and children or different age groups, or is it only encountered in rich graves or special burials? What does this say about the appreciation of amber in each society? Is it possible to find uniform patterns across Europe and do they differ depending on how close they are to the resource amber (succinite/simetite/ruminite)? Do we know which groups of people were involved in the amber trade or its processing and which group of people or region benefited from it?

We will try to answer the following questions in our workshop.

  • - What was the social status of the bearers of the amber?
  • - Can age, gender or wealth differences be determined?
  • - Is it possible to identify traders or the buyers?
  • - Is there a change in the knowledge about amber (origin, use, function)?
  • - What new methods for determining origin do we know?

The workshop is scheduled for 3 days, February 23-25, 2023. An excursion to one of the amber-rich coasts on the North Sea with a museum visit is planned.
This Workshop is organised by the subcluster Knowledge in the context of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS of Kiel University.

Contact and Organisation:
Benjamin Serbe ( und Dr. Jutta Kneisel ( )

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Kiel Conference

Conference: Knowledge Transfer in Serial Sources. Administration, Routines and Society in Europe's Late Medieval Towns

Mar 30, 2023 to Apr 01, 2023

Internationales Begenungszentrum Kiel (IBZ)

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Conference "Comparative Guts"

Jun 07, 2023 to Jun 09, 2023

Kunsthalle Kiel, Düsternbrooker Weg 1, 24105 Kiel

This international conference focuses on the representation of human innards (especially those involved in digestion and nutrition, what English refers to as ‘guts’) in a variety of contexts. It aims to avoid the implicit framework of Eurocentrism by bringing together body representations from different regions, times and layers of human cultural production, emphasizing their irreducible variety and refusing to rank disciplines or contexts. Sensual experience, learned anatomy, religious feelings, medical practices, emotions, political sentiments, decorative intentions, ‘art’: each of these testifies to human reflections about our ‘embodied’ life, and each is valid in its own terms. ‘Comparative Guts’ accordingly explores the approaches of visual methods and image interpretation by foregrounding the potential of images to mediate anthropological information — with ‘image’ meaning not only the visually, optically perceived, but also mental images accessed through proprioceptive feelings, projection, auditory and olfactory stimulation.

Chiara Thumiger

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