International Workshop “Detecting and explaining technological innovation in prehistoric Europe”

Nov 23, 2017 to Nov 24, 2017

Invited speakers will discuss changes in the chaîne opératoire for the production of ceramic, lithic and organic artefacts at relatively fine temporal scales, mainly focusing on European prehistory. 
The aim is to observe the process of innovation, from the initial appearance of new technologies to their adoption and diffusion.
In particular, discussion will focus on how technical skills are transmitted and reproduced. However, we also need to understand the social context and historical circumstances before attempting to explain these patterns.
This would lead to a better understanding of the factors promoting innovation in prehistoric societies. Are more egalitarian societies less innovative? Is craft specialisation indivisible from social complexity? Are innovations more acceptable during periods of stability or crisis? Is there a relationship between innovation and inter-connectedness (or isolation)? Is the old idea that every change was driven by external influences really irrelevant today?

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  • March 26, 2018

    New Publication
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    March 21, 2018

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    January 08, 2018
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    M. Wieckowska-Lüth, S. Solheim, A. Schülke, W. Kirleis, 2018: Towards a refined understanding of the use of coastal zones in the Mesolithic: New investigations on human–environment interactions in Telemark, southeastern Norway. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 17 (2018) 839-851. doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.12.045

    October 23, 2017

    New PublicationsMüller_2017_Bild
    Müller J., 2017: From the Neolithic to the Iron Age – Demography and Social Agglomeration. The Development of Centralized Control, in Fernández-Götz M. and Krause D. (eds.), Eurasia at the Dawn of History. Urbanization and Social Change, New York, Cambridge University Press, 106–124.