Workshop on Environmental conditions in prehistory (c. 10,000 BP - present) - ecology, carrying capacity, and the landscape: integrating regional models and developing global databases

Dec 09, 2022 from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Seminarraum 105 a+b, Leibnizstraße 1, 24118 Kiel

Workshop on "Environmental conditions in prehistory (c. 10,000 BP - present) - ecology, carrying capacity, and the landscape: integrating regional models and developing global databases".

Organizers: Oliver Nakoinz, Søren Wichmann, Laurenz Hillmann

Short description:

The modeling of past environments and demography is of importance to the understanding of past societies in archaeology and social science. In order to develop simulation models some basic environmental parameters are often needed. Moreover, spatial distributional analyses of archaeological may extract explanatory variables from environmental datasets. However, heterogenic data availability, different approaches, and the increasingly growing magnitude of data make comparative work difficult. Pertinent questions range from what data is most suitable for different time frames, what methods can be used in local and global research areas, and what are the minimally necessary environmental components of simulation models for prehistory. These are some of the questions that we would like to address during this one-day workshop. Its purpose is to generate ideas, to develop a good understanding of what comparative data is available globally for the study of prehistory and how it may be integrated, as well as to stimulate future collaboration.

Preliminary programme:

  9:30-10:00    Laurenz Hillmann, Oliver Nakoinz, Søren Wichmann (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel): Introduction

10:00-10:30    Kees Klein Goldewijk (Utrecht University): "12,000 years of global land change: The History of the Global Environment Database (HYDE)"

10:30-11:00    Martin Hinz (Universität Bern): "Collection and processing of data for global demographic estimates for prehistory"

11:00-11:30    Margaux Depaertmentier (University of Basel), Gerrit Günther (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel), Michael Kempf (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel): "Long Day’s Journey into Night: The ‘Divergence Problem’ of Global Explanatory Models in Archaeology"

11:30-12.00    Ezra Zubrow (University at Buffalo): TBA


13:30-14:00    Alessio Palmisano (University of Turin): "Comparing Regional Demographic and Climatic Trends: a Case Study from Prehistoric Italy"

14:00-14:30    Carsten Lemmen (Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon): TBA

14:30-15:00    Václav Fanta (Czech University of Life Sciences): "Human carrying capacity in the times of the Thirty Years’ War and statistical approach in historical geography"

Coffee/tea break

15:30-16:00    Julian Laabs (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel): "From Pergamon to … where ever? A reproducible approach to assess the agricultural carrying capacity of a landscape"

16:00-16:30    Joaquim Fort (Universitat de Girona): "The spread of the Neolithic. General laws in prehistory?"

16:30-17:00    Søren Wichmann (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel): "Simulating language dynamics in time and space—past experiences and future desiderata"

17:00-17:30    Oliver Nakoinz (Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel): "Populations in a social landscape -- how environment and society interact"

17:30-18:00    Closing remarks / discussion

19:00        Dinner


Please find the abstracts of contributions here

If you are interested in attending the workshop please send an email to Laurenz Hillmann (Email)

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