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Early Monumentality And Social Differentiation Vol.18

Megaliths Societies Landscapes
Early Monumentality And Social Differentiation In Neolithic Europe
Eds.: Johannes Müller, Martin Hinz, Maria Wunderlich

The 5th and 4th millennium BCE saw the emergence of monumental architecture in Neolithic and Chalcolithic contexts throughout different parts of Europe. Current research is using a set of diverse methodologies and produces multilayered interpretations in order to create multi-faceted narratives on this phenomenon.
The international conference “Megaliths, Societies, Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe” aimed to bring together researchers from various regions and contexts, thus providing an up-to date perspective on prehistoric monumental architecture. The conference was also an opportunity to present the results of the DFG- Priority Program 1400 “Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation. On the origin and development of Neolithic large-scale buildings and the emergence of early complex societies in Northern Central Europe” which focused on the appearance of monumentality in the context of Neolithic Funnel Beaker communities.
These proceedings present the results of this conference, covering topics such as monuments made of stone, wood and earth, as well as interpretative aspects such as the importance of monumentality for landscape construction and the social significance of monumentality. They comprise of wide-ranging case studies with a continental scope that illustrate the manifold implications and manifestations of monumentality. They also demonstrate the need of holistic approaches and the integration of diverse data sets for the understanding of a phenomenon of such complexity. For a wider understanding of varying forms of monumentality, ethnoarchaeological studies on megaliths from different continents were integrated as well.
The conference proceedings show that the construction of monuments may have been driven by very different factors and was embedded in diverse contexts of social organisation, thus being a highly variable and transformative phenomenon.

Bonn, Habelt 2019
ISBN 978-3-7749-4213-4


Advances in Archaeobotany 4

Wiebke Kirleis, Atlas of Neolithic plant remains from northern central Europe

The materiality of plant remains from 36 Neolithic sites of the Linearbandkeramik, Funnel Beaker and Single Grave Culture, and the Dagger groups as uncovered by archaeological excavations in northern central Europe is presented in this atlas to facilitate archaeobotanical investigations by offering photographic references to fossilized charred plant remains and, in some cases, subfossil  waterlogged plant remains. The respective archaeological sites are briefly introduced, the plant assemblages shortly evaluated, supported by informations on plant use. Plant lists and new radiocarbon data supplement the volume.

The atlas compiles examples of ancient plant remains that were investigated from 2009 to 2019 in three collaborative research programs at Kiel University, SPP1400 ‘Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation', SFB1266 ‘Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies', and the Botanical Platform of the Graduate School ‘Human Development in Landscapes' (GSHDL).

Barkhuis 2019
ISBN-13: 9789492444912

Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie Bd. 329

Artefakt-Netzwerke im östlichen Mitteleuropa an der Schwelle zum hohen Mittelalter
Donat Wehner

Zur Quantifizierung, Visualisierung und Beschaffenheit überregionaler Kommunikations- und Austauschbeziehungen


[Artefact networks in eastern Central Europe on the threshold to the high Middle Ages.]
by Donat Wehner
[To quantify, visualize and characterize supra-regional communication and exchange relationships.]



Bonn, Habelt 2019

Gesichtsurnen - Menschenbilder der Vergangenheit

Face Urns - Human Images of the Past
Jutta Kneisel
Hrsg. Jutta Kneisel, Marzena Szmyt, Claus von Carnap-Bornheim und Johannes Müller

Faces fascinate us. Especially those from the past. Consequently, facial representations have been of great interest for collectors and museums for a long time.
In the bronze and iron ages faces are predominantly found on funerary vessels. This book presents recent research findings on face urns. This richly illustrated publication provides a deeper look into social life 3000 years ago. 
Who was the prominent woman? Which role did the old man play? We get to know children and warriors, as well as trade and exchange networks which traversed Europe even back then. 
For this research, facial recognition and meanings of faces are vital parts. 

Habelt-Verlag 2019
ISBN 978-3-7749-4197-7

Frühe Monumentalität und Soziale Differenzierung Bd.17

Die Megalithgräber im Haldensleber Forst
Christoph Rinne

The Haldensleben Forest northwest of Magdeburg near the Midland Canal is known for its impressive number of megalithic tombs. Containing 117 monuments made from ice age boulders in an area of only 86 km², this is the southernmost density centre of this type of site. Yet as of today, this remarkable ensemble of tombs has not been portrayed inclusively before this publication. The publication at hand contains a catalogue and plans of the tombs as well as evaluations of both previously published and unpublished materials in connection with recent research and own recordings. In context to adjacent grave sites and settlements, the region is displayed as an area of habitation and burial. The publication also includes a CD containing all the data collected and used for analysis and provides an excellent basis for further research.

Bonn, Habelt 2019
ISBN 978-3-7749-4201-1

Journal of Archaeology 20/2018

JNA 20/2018JNA




Bonn, Habelt 2018
ISSN 2364-3676 (print)
ISSN 2197-649X (online)

Journal of Neolithic Archaeology- Special edition 4/2018

Think global, act local!
Bell Beaker Workshop Kiel 2017
Jos Kleijne, Martin Furholt, Johannes Müller (Eds.)

This volume presents a selection of papers delivered at the Archéologie et Gobelets Bell Beaker workshop “Think global, act local”, held between the 17th and the 21st of May 2017 at Kiel University, Germany, in the frame of the CRC1266 ‘Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies’. The Archeologie et Gobelets is a research community and network of archaeological specialists from all across Europe who meet every few years, discussing new findings and research concerning the Bell Beaker phenomenon and the wider 3rd millennium BC in Europe.

Contents:  JNA

ISBN 978-3-7749-4198-4 print
ISSN 2197-649X online

STPAS - New publication

A new publication is available in the book series of the Collaborative Research Centre ‘Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies’ (CRC 1266).

STPAS @ Seidstone Press.