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Landscape Archaeology – From Theory to Practice

Nov 19, 2014 - Nov 21, 2014

Today Landscape Archaeology is a well established discipline, in which different scientific approaches and methods are used. As landscape archaeology crosses the boundaries between sciences and humanities the beginning of a beneficial cooperation efforts mutual learning and adaption.

Therefore, dealing with landscape archaeological research is challenging in many ways:

a) One has to face all the problems that occur in an interdisciplinary research project. For instance: how to carry out interdisciplinary instead of multidisciplinary research? How to deal with the different, subject-specific definitions? Which theoretical concepts can be followed respectively applied?

b) In the last decades the term landscape was subject to controversial discussions in several disciplines. During the Landscape Archaeology Conference (LAC) 2010 in Amsterdam Thomas Meier criticized that the term "landscape" functions as an envelope for nearly everything. But is this really the case? What are the topics and questions landscape archaeologists deal with? What is specific about these topics, hence about questions of landscape archaeological significance?

c) In modern understanding, the perception of a landscape is the result of our cultural construction and personal socialisation. Our way of life, with an easy access to maps and satellite images that help us to explore the world to a yet unknown extend, with the possibility to travel fast, safe and easily over huge distances and with a considerable food security determines how we perceive landscapes today. Thus our understanding and perception of landscapes must contrast strongly with that of prehistoric cultures.

How to overcome these problems? Which theories are helpful in this context and how can they be applied on real data?

During a 2.5 day workshop marked by keynote lectures, paper sessions, and open discussion rounds we would like to discuss these questions. The workshop therefore provides a platform for archaeologists, geographers and researchers from neighbouring disciplines dealing with these topics in landscape archaeology.

Therefore we would like to invite you to Berlin from the 19th to the 21th of November 2014 to give a talk on these topics and to discuss these issues together with us!

Time & Location

Nov 19, 2014 - Nov 21, 2014

Topoi-Haus Dahlem
Hittorfstraße 18
14195 Berlin

Further Information


Tel.: +49 (0)30 838-70239
Fax: +49 (0)30 838-70755


Excellence Cluster Topoi, Research Area A
BerGSAS Doctoral Program: Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA)