The proceedings of the Kiel conference “Megaliths - Societies – Landscapes” has just been published

Megaliths_CoverThe 5th and 4th Millennia BCE saw the emergence of monumental architecture in Neolithic and Chalcolithic contexts throughout different parts of Europe. Current research implements 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” brought together researchers working in various regions and contexts, thus providing an up-to-date perspective on prehistoric monumental architecture. In addition, the conference provided 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. 

The proceedings resulting from this conference cover topics, such as monuments made of stone, wood and earth, as well as interpretative aspects, including the importance of monumentality for landscape construction and the social significance of monumentality. Wide-ranging case studies with a continental scope illustrate the manifold implications and manifestations of monumentality. They also demonstrate the need for holistic approaches and the integration of diverse data sets in order to understand a phenomenon of such complexity. Furthermore, ethno-archaeological studies on megaliths from other continents were also integrated to reach a wider understanding of varying forms of monumentality.

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.

Reference: Müller, J., Hinz, M., Wunderlich, M. (eds.), 2019. Megaliths Societies Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe. Volume 1-3. Proceedings of the international conference »Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe«, 16th–20th June 2015 in Kiel. Frühe Monumentalität und soziale Differenzierung 18, 1–3. Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Bonn.  ISBN 978-3-7749-4213-4