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Studying Urbanism in First Millennium BC (Iron Age) Germany

This two day workshop will bring together German, Anglo-American and Eastern European scholars, chosen to cover a wide range of relevant perspectives from urban centres to rural density to burial, from interpretative knowledge of material culture to overall models, and range in career progression from the recent doctoral to senior scholar.
When Nov 07, 2016 09:00 AM to
Nov 08, 2016 05:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
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The first millennium BC, broadly the Iron Age, was a formative period in the European history, where the region of modern Germany has a fundamental importance. Indeed the southern regions of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria provide the classic models for our understanding of the key proposed research theme: the context of Urbanism. The proposal seeks to bring together key figures, both early career and established, from the diverse national and cultural disciplines of Germany, the Anglo-American World and Eastern Europe, who study the period. The research will investigate the distinctiveness of pre-Roman urbanism, by combining detailed local knowledge of density, production, craft, rural settlement and burial with interpretative models drawn from both German and Anglo-American traditions. What makes pre-Roman urbanism in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria distinctive? What were the driving forces of production? How was identity constructed? To what extent did the development of urbanism depend on interaction with other contemporary urbanised areas? To what extent were these urban phenomena centres of power, or did some other form of socially constructed community underlie their formation? To what extent did ritual underwrite their formation? How stable was urbanism in this formative period?

 

 

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