Prehistoric Wayfinding Within and Across Spatial Boundaries. Issues, Resources, and Proposals

Ballmer, Ariane (2019). Prehistoric Wayfinding Within and Across Spatial Boundaries. Issues, Resources, and Proposals (Unpublished). In: FRONTIERS OR INTERACTION ZONES? BORDERLANDS AS AREAS OF COMMUNICATION AND MOBILITY. University of Bern. 28.02.–02.03.2019.

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The paper deals with an underlying issue of territories, so-called ‘cultural spaces’ and network systems: The perception, notion and management of space by the relevant people in times before the introduction of writing. It will be outlined, how the definition and notion of spatial boundaries and the interrelationship between the delimited areas (on the micro and macro scale) are essentially depending on the human perception and conception of space, and how physical factors and cosmological ideas are densely entangled. The aspect of prehistoric wayfinding in the context of space/s and boundaries (re-)production will be discussed in particular: How did people get around? How did people think to know where they were, and how did they think to know where they were not? Examples from the European Bronze and Iron Ages will be consulted and critically discussed in regards to their epistemological value and archaeological significance, and kaleidoscopically combined into a set of theoretical-conceptual suggestions on the geographical imagination of the people between the 3rd and the 1st millennium BC.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of Archaeological Sciences > Pre- and Early History

UniBE Contributor:

Ballmer, Ariane Thu


900 History > 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)




Ariane Thu Ballmer

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03 Apr 2020 15:01

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03 Apr 2020 15:01




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