Session: #545

Theme & Session Format

6. Material culture studies and societies
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Southeastern Europe in 5th and 4th Century BC - Indigenous Communities in Classical World
This session aims to discuss different aspects of relation of indigenous communities of South-eastern Europe and powerful powers of the Classical world - primarily Greeks. The fifth and fourth centuries in Greek history represent the highest economic, political, and cultural flowering of the city-state. It is also period of the most important events that will define course of Greek and t European history in general: from the Greco-Persian Wars, over the Peloponnesian and Corinthian War to final Macedonian domination. At the same time, north of Greece world was also changing. Powerful Early Iron Age cultural groups from Hallstatt Cultural Complex in Pannonia, over Donja Dolina and Glasinac cultural groups in Balkans to northern Macedonia were dissolving leaving place to new rising communities of the Late Iron Age that would enter the historical stage through their intensive contacts and interactions with Greeks. These are also the communities that we would later define in terms of indigenous ethnicities on larger and smaller scale (such as Illyrians, Thracians, Macedonians...), We would like to discuss:
- origins of these new communities especially in early stages of formation
- different ways in which indigenous communities demonstrated their specific identities and how these concepts changed over time
- initial contacts between Greeks and indigenous communities and consequences of these contacts on development of these communities
- Greek colonisation in the area of south eastern Europe
- different models of interaction between Greeks and indigenous communities
We would welcome papers addressing one or more of these issues from different aspects of archaeological theory or material culture.
Greeks, Indigenous communities, Illyrians, colonisation
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Main organiser:
Hrvoje Potrebica (Croatia) 1,2
Andrijana Pravidur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 3
1. University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Archaeology
2. Center for Prehistoric Research
3. National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo