Session: #688

Theme & Session Format

1. Widening horizons through human-environment interconnections
Session format:
Regular session

Title & Content

Society Facing Changes. Regions on the Southwest Baltic between 2500 - 1500 BC
The session will be devoted to the summary of the German-Polish project "Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age in the South-West Baltic areas (2500 - 1500 BC). Why did political structures of the Bruszczewo-Łęki Małe type arise?" So far, the researched areas have been treated as peripheral (lying between) with respect to such centers as Southern Scandinavia, Mittelelbe-Saale-Gebiet or Silesia. As part of the project, for the first time, areas on the Southwest Baltic have concentrated a multi-year collective effort by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. It concerned socio-cultural changes that led to the emergence of communities with a complex structure and a clear internal hierarchy in the studied areas. The goal is achieved through an interdisciplinary approach with the use of new data and the re-analysis of archival information using modern analytical methods. A significant "added value" is an in-depth, multi-faceted analysis of data from the cemetery in Łęki Małe, the only necropolis of princely mounds in the Unetice culture. The papers will also cover environmental, settlement and economic changes, including metallurgy.
Early Bronze Age, Southwest Baltic, cultural changes
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Main organiser:
Janusz Czebreszuk (Poland) 1
Johannes Müller (Germany) 2
Marzena Szmyt (Poland) 1,3
1. Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
2. Christian-Albrecht-Universität zu Kiel
3. Museum of Archaeology in Poznań