CALL. 20.09.2019: Archaeology of the Ionian Sea. Landscapes, seascapes and the circulation of people
FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 20/09/2019
FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 10-11/01/2020
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Irish Institute Of Hellenic Studies in Athens (Athens, Greece)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Irish Institute of Hellenic Studies at Athens
The region of the Ionian Sea occupies a geographically complex area off the south western Balkan Peninsula, which since the Pleistocene underwent significant alterations due to tectonic activity and sealevel fluctuations. This dynamic environment presented different landscapes and seascapes to the human communities occupying the region at different times in the past, providing an ideal setting for their study from a diachronic perspective.
The principal aim of this two-day conference is to investigate the reciprocally transformative relationship between human communities and natural setting and the multilayered interconnections between sites, islands, archipelagos and the adjacent continental coasts during the periods ranging from early prehistory to the end of the Bronze Age. Fieldwork west of the Pindus mountain range has since the mid-20th century produced a rich archaeological record dating back to the Palaeolithic.
During the last twenty five years, the results from excavations and systematic survey projects have not only enriched but also altered our perception of settlement, subsistence, mobility and interaction patterns in the region. The investigation of these patterns and the processes of circulation of raw materials, artefacts and ideas sheds light on aspects of regional and interregional communication, collective memory and the creation of distinct identities within and between different cultural and social groups.
We invite contributions from specialists in different fields working on topics including but not restricted to:
· site and regional organization
· maritime connections
· funerary landscapes
· technology and craft production
· short and long distance exchange.
We also welcome phenomenological approaches and results from GIS studies, underwater archaeology and geoarchaeological projects, geospatial analyses and mobility network analyses. In this way we hope to address the dynamic relationships between human communities, questions relating to their relationship with the sea, the critical role of coastal environments in the formation of cultural and economic networks of exchange, and the associated social transformations these communities underwent, from the Palaeolithic to the end of the Bronze Age.
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