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WIN Kolleg Funding for Stockhammer

Jul 05, 2013

A large-scale research project by Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer and Jun.-Prof. Johannes Krause (Tübingen) has been funded by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences within its WIN-Kolleg Program. The project has started in July 2013 and will enlarge the methodological approach of MC8.2 "Innovation Management". 

The research project „Zeiten des Umbruchs? Gesellschaftlicher und naturräumlicher Wandel am Beginn der Bronzezeit“ (Times of Change? Societal and Landscape Transformations at the Beginning of the Bronze Age) will help to better understand the complex processes of transformation connected with the appropriation of bronze technology in Southwestern Germany in the late 3rd and early 2nd millennium BCE. The transition from the Final Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age in Central Europe has long been imagined as a trans-regional linear process in which the novel bronze technology was immediately taken over by local communities, which then gradually learnt to manage the technique over the centuries. However, recent scientific analyses demonstrated the parallel existence of Neolithic and Bronze Age communities in immediate vicinity over a period of at least 300 years. This calls for a revision of the traditional evolutionist narrative and shows the necessity for a transcultural approach that takes multiple local processes of the appropriation of technical and connected non-technical knowledge into consideration. In our project we will conduct large-scale aDNA analyses as well as isotope analyses on human bone material from Final Neolithic and Early Bronze Age burials in immediate vicinity or from the same cemetery in order to show blood relationships between actors of different “technological states” as well as possible differences in their mobility, food consumption and exchange networks. Moreover, with the help of geomorphology and palynology we intend to trace possible changes in the human interaction with the environment after the introduction of bronze technology and the creation of new tools for woodworking connected therewith. This will help us to shed a differentiated and at the same time comprehensive light on the complex processes and societal discourses that took place when the novel technology was transferred from the Near East to Central Europe.

The WIN Kolleg of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences aims at supporting promising young scholars in Baden-Württemberg in interdisciplinary research projects for a period of three to five years.

Dr. Philipp Stockhammer is postdoctoral researcher at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" and head of project MC8.2 "Innovation Management - Bronze Age Entanglements between Asia and Europe". Dr. Johannes Krause is Junior Professor in Paleogenetics at Tübingen University.


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