Flood marks as relics of medieval disaster memory cultures in Central Europe

Rohr, Christian (3 July 2018). Flood marks as relics of medieval disaster memory cultures in Central Europe (Unpublished). In: International Medieval Congress 2018: "Memory". Leeds. 02.-05.07.2018.

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In historical hydrology, flood marks are mostly used for the reconstruction of the peak discharge of an extreme flood event. However, this is on the one hand a quite tricky question due to the various changes in the landscape and other variables, but on the other hand, flood marks are remarkable testimony of a long-time memory culture. They had been affixed mostly on well visible places, and they sometimes even told a short story about the most disastrous events. In this way, they are rather an excellent source for a cultural history approach within environmental and climate history. The paper will give an overview of some of the most remarkable examples deriving from the late Middle Ages, but will also try to carve out a typology of flood marks. The regional focus is on the German speaking countries within the Holy Roman Empire.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History
10 Strategic Research Centers > Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

UniBE Contributor:

Rohr, Christian

Subjects:

900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christian Rohr

Date Deposited:

04 Jul 2018 11:09

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2018 11:09

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Hochwassermarken, Erinnerungskultur, Historische Hydrologie, Ostalpenraum

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/118285

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