Urban Culture

The Working Group Urban Culture is interested in a very prominent aspect of socio-environmental research: the urban as a perceived, conceived and lived space (H. Lefebvre, La production de l’espace [1974]). In the perspective of very different disciplines (Prehistory, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology, Medieval and Early Modern Archaeology, Medieval and Early Modern History, European Ethnology), the urban is not defined by fixed parameters (e. g. population size) but it is considered as a cultural variable. “Urban” contexts are characterized as dense settlement foci which distinguish from their less densely settled surroundings. Thus, the working group is interested in several crucial issues which all can be considered in respect to their perceived, conceived or lived qualities:

  • Urban Space: Questions of intraurban organization as well as the question of urban networks / cities and their hinterland.
  • Urban Lifestyle/Action: Questions of specific forms of urban action and interaction, e.g. forms of urban communication, movement in urban contexts, urban behaviour, social practice, urban economies.
  • Urban Transformation: Urbanscapes are conceived to be in constant transition. The processual character can take various forms ranging from resilient spaces to transferred, transformed, transmuted or even decayed spaces.


Activities: Collquium “Urbanscapes in Transition” / 20-22 October 2016

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  • March 26, 2018

    New Publication
    Taylor et al 2018 - Nature Scientific Report

    Hermes T.R., Frachetti M.D., Bullion E.A., Maksudov F., Mustafokulov S., Makarewicz C.A., 2018: Urban and nomadic isotopic niches reveal dietary connectivities along Central Asia’s Silk Roads, Nature Scientific Reports, Article number: 22995. doi: 10.1038/srep 54888.

    March 21, 2018

    New Publication
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    Groß D., Zander A., Boethius A., Dreibrodt S., Grøn O., Hansson A., Jessen C., Koivisto S., Larsson L., Lübke H., Nilsson B., 2018: People, lakes and seashores: Studies from the Baltic Sea basin and adjacent areas in the early and Mid-Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews 185, 27-40. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.01.021.

    January 08, 2018
    New Publication
    Examples of settlement plans in Central and Southeast Europe.
    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.

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