International Workshop: Types of Mobility in Pre-Modern Economies – A Comparative Perspective

with financial support from a.r.t.e.s
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Mobility is fundamental in human life on many facets and across numerous scales. At this international and interdisciplinary workshop we aim to explore different types and conditions of mobility in pre-modern economies, teasing out definitions for distinct types of mobility. The themes range from the mobility of people, animals, and artifacts through to maritime mobility, settlement pattern shifts, intra-site movement, and social mobility. In addition, we focus strongly on methodological issues, analyzing source texts, archaeological material culture, and spatial data using a diverse set of techniques. In so doing, this workshop takes a comparative view with case studies from different regions and time periods around the world.


09.00   Registration

09.20   Welcome 
             Michael Heinzelmann (University of Cologne)

Morning Session
Moderator: Christian Mader (University of Bonn)

09.30   Types of Mobility in Pre-Modern Economies: An Introduction
             Kyriakos Kyrousis (University of Cologne) and Christian Mader (University of Bonn)

10.15   A Kinaesthetic Archaeology
             Jim Leary (University of York)

11.00   Coffee Break

11.30   A Material Koine in Western Greece: Mobility and Regionality during the Bronze-  
Iron Age Transition
             Christina Marini (University of Oxford)

12.15   Stable Isotope Analyses to Assess Human and Animal Mobility: Some Case Studies      
             from Argentina
             Celeste Tamara Samec (University of Buenos Aires)

13.00   Lunch

Afternoon Session
Moderator: Kyriakos Kyrousis (University of Cologne)

14.30   Western Anatolia between Two Worlds during the 3rd Millennium BC
             Vasıf Şahoğlu (Ankara University)

15.15   Intra-Site Mobility and Social Integration at the Classic Maya Site of Uxul, Mexico
            Els Barnard (University of Bonn)

16.00   Coffee Break

16.30   Patterns of Social Mobility in Byzantium as Reflected by Lead Seals
             Martina Filosa (University of Cologne)

17.15   Patterns of Hunter-Gatherer Logistical Mobility on the South Coast of Peru: A New
             Model for the Roots of Andean Pastoralism?
             David Beresford-Jones (University of Cambridge), George Chauca (National University of  
             San Marcos) and Kevin Lane (University of Buenos Aires)

18.00   Closing Discussion

19.00   Dinner

  • Datum/Zeit: 03.05.2019, Ganztägig
  • Veranstaltungsort: Universität zu Köln, Archäologisches Institut, Hörsaal (Raum 101)

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