Session: #290

Theme & Session Format

Interpreting the archaeological record: artefacts, humans and landscapes
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Living on the Water. The Pile-dwelling Structures between Human Activities and the Environment
The structures of a settlement are always determined by the needs of a community and its strategies adaptive to the surrounding environment. This is particularly true for pile dwellings: wooden structures must adapt, often within the same settlement, to different environmental situations, which often change over time. The session aims to focus on the theme of settlement structures in a wet environment, trying to take stock of what we know about the features of these settlements, of what kind of studies have been undertaken to define the relationships between technical solutions and the surrounding environment. The general theme can be declined in different ways. Individual case studies can be presented, as well as regional frameworks or related to a specific chronological context. Analyses concerning a single structural element can also be presented also with a diachronic perspective. On the other hand, the theme can be tackled from the point of view of experimental archaeology and dealing with exemplary cases of reconstruction of pile dwellings with ancient techniques. Studies of the geoarcheological approach, of sediment analysis underlying the raised structures and dendrotypological studies are welcome
The session is part of the activities on the UNESCO site “Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps”, but it is aimed at all possible structures of this type in the most various geographical and cultural areas.
Pile dwellings, Environment, Structure reconstruction, Dendrotipology
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Main organiser:
Claudia Mangani (Italy) 1
Gishan Schaeren (Switzerland) 2
Marco Baioni (Italy) 3
1. Museo Civico Archeologico "Giovanni Rambotti", Desenzano del Garda (BS)
2. Direktion des Innern des Kantons Zug Amt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie, Zug
3. Museo Archeologico della Valle Sabbia, Gavardo (BS)