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Abandoned Settlements: Discontinuity and Identity - 13-14-15/02/2019, Munich (Germany)



Human settlements are changeable and are being changed. The processes that come into play here are manifold: abandonment, interruption, relocation, shrinking, growth, change of status, re-naming and re-settlement. The focus of the conference is on the fragmentation of settlement continuity in antiquity by natural events, social processes and political intervention; other areas of investigation are the construction of identity of settlements, in particular also the selective use of a settlement's diversity.


FECHA/DATE/DATA: 13-14-15/02/2019


LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: LMU Center for Advanced Studies (Munich, Germany)


ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Prof. Dr. Karen Radner; Dr. Robert Schiestl


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Programa online / programme online / programma online


Wednesday, 13 February 2019
18:30–19:45 Heiner Igel (LMU): Tectonic Forces That Threaten Societies; chaired by Eileen Eckmeier (LMU).

Thursday, 14 February 2019
10:00–10:30 Karen Radner & Robert Schiestl (LMU): Welcome Address and Introduction.

Panel I, chaired by Andrea Squitieri (LMU):
10:30–11:30 Mark Altaweel (University College London): Settlement Hierarchy, Movement and Environmental Process in the Abandonment of Mesopotamian Sites.

11:30–12:30 Simone Mühl (LMU): Modes of Settlement Continuity: Tells and Clustered Sites in the Middle East.

12:30–14:00 Lunch at CAS.

Panel II, chaired by Alexander Free (LMU):
14:00–15:00 Jennifer Pournelle (University of South Carolina): Abandoned, or Lost? The Challenge of Establishing Site Histories in Deltaic Environments.

15:00–16:00 Katherine Blouin (University of Toronto): "The Villages Were All Destroyed": Shifting Landscapes and (Un)Wavering Identities in the Late Antique Lake Menzaleh in Egypt.

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break.

16:30–17:30 Robert Schiestl (LMU): An Unsettling Environment? Abandonment and Other Issues Concerning Ancient Settlements in the Northwestern Delta, Egypt.

19:00 Conference Dinner.

Friday, 15 February 2019
Panel III, chaired by Martin Zimmermann (LMU):

9:00–10:00 Richard Engl (LMU): Abandonment by Deportation? An Historical Perspective.

10:00–11:00 Nicole Mölk (University of Innsbruck): The Archaeological Evidence in Abandoned Hill-Top Settlements in Western Sicily: the Cases of Giato, Entella and Segesta in the 13th CE.

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Panel IV, chaired by Mirjam Zadoff (NS Documentation Center Munich):

11:30–12:30 Michael Miller (Central European University Budapest): the Fate of "Orphaned" Synagogues in Central Europe.

12:30-13:30 Lilli Zabrana (Austrian Archaeological Institute Vienna): Last Witnesses of a lost Culture: the Abandoned Old Nubian Villages Bab und Al-Guwani.

13:30–14:00 Conclusion and Final Discussion, chaired by Karen Radner (LMU).



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