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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 Halbensleber Forst
Christoph Rinne

The Haldersleben 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publication at hand contains a catalogue and plans of the tombs as well as evaluations of both previously published and unpublished materials in connection with recent research and own recordings.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.

Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie Bd. 323 (Human Development in Landscapes 15)

Landscape distribution of talaiotic monuments as markers of social space
Maria Gelabert Oliver

Centred in the largest island of the Balearic archipelago, Mallorca, during the Talaiotic period (between ca. 850 and 550 BCE), a research aiming at determining the organization of the social space is presented. The principal source of information is the most emblematic and well defined chronologically material evidence of this time frame: the tower-like talaiotic monuments. These buildings are the basic structural unit of talaiotic settlements around which the daily life of the community was developed. Viewing talaiots as an expression of social activity, their architectonic characteristics were investigated and the work investment in their construction was quantified. This type of estimate allowed for a territorial mapping of the social work associated with each structure. The intensity distribution of social activity was correlated with geographical, environmental, and archaeological variables. This research line permitted to obtain a better insight into settlement pattern, demographic aspects, socio-economic and political relationships among settlements, and the role played by monumentality during the Talaiotic period.

Bonn 2018
ISBN: 978-3-7749-4190-8

Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie Bd. 322

Die wikingerzeitliche Siedlung von Kosel-Ost (LA 198)

Ein ländlicher Fundplatz im Kontext der altdänischen Siedlungslandschaft des 10. Jahrhunderts

Tobias Schade


Bonn, Habelt 2018
ISBN 978-3-7749-4087-1

Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie Bd. 318 (Human Development in Landscapes 14)

Archaeology and the Historical Understanding
Artur Ribeiro

In archaeology, it is commonly assumed that past societies can be understood through general principles, which dictate how all social life develops, or through historical particularism, which dictates that societies develop in their own specific way. It is also assumed that these two ways of perceiving past societies are mutually exclusive.
Due to these incorrect assumptions, it is often believed that case-studies (particular) can be offered in support of a theory (general) when in truth, both these elements are actually scientifically distinct. These assumptions have caused a further misunderstanding: it is believed that narratives, which describe particular histories, cannot be considered scientifically reliable since they cannot authentically represent a general explanatory principle. Narratives remain, to this day, commonly misperceived as purely descriptive. Thus, in order to correct this problem, it is necessary to recognize that generalization is based on the quantitative principle that similar causes will (probably or necessarily) produce similar effects, whereas historical particularism is not based on particular causes or effects at all, rather, historical particularism is based on the qualitative principle that human behaviour can only be understood (Verstehen) through specific social contexts.

This book analyses in detail the connection between historical explanations and social contexts and what this ultimately means to archaeology. It provides a case-study of how Bronze Age societies developed in Southern Portugal and case-study on how Persian religious rituals became magical rituals in Iberia during the first centuries AD. Finally, the book explains how it is possible for archaeology to embrace both science and history without incurring in contradiction. 

Bonn 2018
ISBN 978-3-7749-4168-7

Zeitschrift für Archäologie des Mittelalters / Suppl. 26

Das Schleswiger Hafenviertel im Hochmittelalter. Entstehung - Entwicklung – Topographie
Felix Rösch

Bonn, Habelt, 2018
ISBN: 978-3-7749-4136-6







Studien zur Archäologie in Ostmitteleuropa Bd. 18

a Middle Bronze Age multi-layered fortified settlement in Central Hungary

Mateusz Jaeger, Gabriella Kulcsár, Nicole Taylor, Robert Staniuk (eds.)

The Kakucs-Turján archaeological site was investigated by a Polish-Hungarian-German research team of archaeologists and various specialists. This volume contains the first, preliminary results of their work, giving the reader an insight into the complex history of the Bronze Age settlement and its economic activities as reflected in the multi-layered stratigraphy of the site.
The currently analysed materials from Kakucs-Turján may help to indicate the basic parameters of the development and functioning of the Middle Bronze Age Vatya culture; on the one hand strongly based on local tradition, on the other contextualized within a wider network covering the Carpathian Basin.

Bonn, Habelt 2018
ISBN 978-3-7749-4149-6



Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation Vol. 15

Mensch-Umweltbeziehungen zwischen 4000 und 2200 cal BC. Vegetationsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen an Mooren und trichterbecherzeitlichen Fundplätzen der Altmark.

Recent excavations of Neolithic graves near Lüdelsen (Altmark) have provided important insights not only into the biography of these ritual sites and graves, but also into the entire development of TRB ceramics. In this book, Sarah Diers presents the paleo-ecological data of the excavations, and analyses the environmental development between 4000 and 2200 B.C. on the basis of several pollen profiles from bogs in Altmark. For the first time it is possible to unravel the character and extent of human influence on the environment in Altmark in the Neolithic. We also recognize the strong relationship between environment and society in the Neolithic.

Bonn, Habelt 2018
ISBN 978-3-7749-4130-4


Zeitschrift für Archäologie des Mittelalters

The "Journal of Archeology of the Middle Ages" was fonded in 1973 in private initiative.

Volume 1 (1973) - Volume 44 (2016)
edited by: U. Müller, S. Brather und H. Steuer

published by Habelt, Bonn

Contributions of the individual volumes see Habelt-Verlag

List of contributions in GBV Union Catalogue  GBV

Frühe Monumentalität und Soziale Differenzierung Bd.14

Kommunikationsstrukturen mittelneolithischer Gesellschaften im nordmitteleuropäischen Tiefland

More than 100 years of research and publication on megalithic tombs in north-central Europe have resulted in a comprehensive material base, presented in a single report and typological study, which has been standardized in the presented dissertation: 22900 artifacts from 1582 sites, including 4357 ceramic vessels.
The author succeeds in proposing regional typochronological structures and in postulating spatial trends for northern Germany. Funnel-pottery grave ceramics are analyzed by means of statistical analysis for questions on the interaction and communication of local and regional groups. From this the author develops a model that shows a typological trend from west to the north and northeast.

Bonn, Habelt 2018
ISBN 978-3-7749-4065-9

Offa-Zeitschrift 71/72


Wachholz 2018
ISBN 9783529012655 / ISSN 0078-3714

table of contents (PDF)

Frühe Monumentalität und Soziale Differenzierung Bd.16

Keramik aus Megalithgräbern in Nordwestdeutschland. Interaktionen und Netzwerke der Trichterbecherwestgruppe
Julia Menne

The grave goods of Neolithic megalithic tombs in northwestern Germany are subject to constant change. Through the new research on megalithic burials in the distribution area of the Funnel Beaker Western Group the author reveals a close-knit cultural network. Selected grave pottery will be examined in addition to a descriptive analysis with current scientific methods in terms of their material science aspects. For the first time, the identifiable innovation transfer between the builders of the megalithic graves will be covered in detail. A clear contrast of identities emerges within Neolithic society, reflected in processes of adaptation and normalization within territorial and natural boundaries. Here the Emsland, with its numerous graves, plays a significant role as an intermediary within the Funnel Beaker Western Group.

Bonn, Habelt 2018
ISBN 978-3-7749-3910-3