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CALL [SESSION 1]. 30.11.2017: Climatic variability and societal responses during the Metal Ages in E


In recent decades, climatic variability has featured prominently in discussions about potential triggers for episodes of accelerated societal change. Environmental downturns are often among the chief suspects where archaeologists observe pronounced changes in settlement patterns, economic strategies, material culture and demographics. The debate typically focuses on specific chronological horizons that define cultural transitions. For the Bronze and Iron Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean, these tend to be the centuries around 2200 BC, which saw the rise of new Early Bronze Age cultures from the Aegean to the British Isles, 1600 BC, which experienced the disappearance or transformation of said cultures, 800 BC, which in most parts of temperate Europe is equated with the Bronze Age/Iron Age transition, and 400 BC, which coincides with the beginning of the so-called Celtic migrations. At other times, more regionalized events have equally been linked to climatic factors, such as the collapse of the Terramare culture in northern Italy during the 12th century BC, while other parts of the central and western Mediterranean remain seemingly unaffected. This session aims at providing a broad platform for taking a comparative look at environmental and societal changes phenomena between these different “crisis” horizons. Particular issues relate to discernment of climate variability in palaeoenvironmental records, the temporal and spatial scale of the inferred climate impacts on societies, and the mechanisms by which climate change instigated a societal response. Did the same societies withstand climate variability at other times, were cultural transitions predicated by climate variability, or are there alternative explanations for the changes that are observed at these times? Speakers are encouraged to assume a diachronic perspective and/or undertake interregional comparisons between different regions.




ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Davide Delfino; Dirk Brandherm; Gill Plunket

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The proposals of communications – papers or posters - must be deposited before November 30th.

The duration of papers is 20 min, included questions - a summary from 250 to 400 words maximum.

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They can be the object of a short presentation in the sessions, according to the decision of the organizers.

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