Session: #376

Theme & Session Format

1. Networks, networking, communication: archaeology of interactions
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Networks and Mobility in the 3rd-2nd Millennium BCE between the Middle-Danube and the Adriatic Area: New Ideas and Interdisciplinary Approaches
During the past decades, manifold archaeological studies have emphasized the existence of interaction networks operating in the area comprised within the middle course of the River Danube and the Adriatic area between Late Neolithic and the Bronze Age. Previously suggested connections, as well as human mobility patterns can now be better explored through the application of innovative methodologies.
The session aims discuss new approaches and gather and new data about the movement of people, raw materials, and manufactured goods, as well as the introduction and exchange of (metal) technologies and ideas within the area of the Carpathian Basin, the Alps, the Balkans and the Italian peninsula. Terrestrial, sea- and river-borne interactions and mobility dynamics in the timeframe of the third and second millennium BCE can be addressed both at the regional and at the supra-regional scale, applying different investigation methods – from traditional artefact-based and archaeometallurgical analyses to other innovative approaches such as isotope analyses and aDNA.
It is expected that single case studies may contribute to empower historical reconstructions. At the same time, they should set the tone for wide-ranging reflections on the diffusion of innovations as well as on the methods applied in archaeology to investigate social interaction and its transformative power.
Mobility dynamics, Networks and interactions, Late Neolithic-Bronze Age, Interdisciplinary approaches, Central Mediterranean, Danube area
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Main organiser:
Claudio Cavazzuti (Italy) 1,2
Alberta Arena (Italy) 3
Mario Gavranović (Austria) 4
Viktória Kiss (Hungary) 1
Mathias Mehofer (Austria) 5
1. Institute of Archaeology, Hungarian Academy of Science
2. Museo delle Civiltà in Rome
3. Sapienza Università di Roma
4. Institut für Orientalische und Europäische Archäologie OREA, Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna
5. Vienna Institut for Archaeological Science (VIAS), University of Vienna