CALL.11.02.2021: [SESSION 11] Of The Water: Fish and Molluscs ... (EAA2021) - Kiel (Germany)
FECHA LÍMITE/DEADLINE/SCADENZA: 11/02/2021
FECHA CONGRESO/CONGRESS DATE/DATA CONGRESSO: 08-09-10-11/09/2021
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Christian Heitz; Matthias Hoernes.
We invite submissions of abstracts for papers or posters for the session #525 “Of the Water: Fish and Molluscs in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean”, organised in the framework of the EAA (European Association of Archaeologists) annual meeting. It will be held in Kiel (Germany), 8-11 September 2021 hybrid or entirely on-line depending on the situation.
This session will examine the role of fish and molluscs in everyday life as well as in terms of their impact on social structures, and as part of ideological and symbolic expression. Given the prevalence of and dependence on water in various forms in all regions of the eastern Mediterranean, it is no wonder that fish and other aquatic species made an impact on human lives, yet this topic remains rather understudied. With this session, we would like to explore questions related to fishing practices and technologies, social status, human fish/ mollusc relations (also any potential
over-exploitation), and fish/molluscs in ritual practices (e.g. as temple offerings, festival consumption, burial offerings), and ideology and religion (e.g. associated with supernatural beings or sacred space, as hybrid creatures, and as represented in luxury goods).
Another set of questions would revolve around aquatic species as a nonalimentary resource, for example for jewellery, inlays, dyeing and medicinal purposes. Material under investigation can include faunal remains (worked and unworked), fishing gear and related tools, iconography and, where available, written sources. We particularly encourage papers that integrate multiple lines of evidence. The geographical area included here is the eastern Mediterranean broadly defined: papers using material from the Aegean, Cyprus, Anatolia, Levant, Mesopotamia and Egypt of any time period are welcome.
Submit papers or posters by 11 February 2021