Settling Waterscapes in Europe. The Archaeology of Neolithic & Bronze Age Pile-Dwellings

Hafner, Albert; Dolbunova, Ekaterina; Mazurkevich, Andrey; Pranckenaite, Elena; Hinz, Martin (eds.) (2020). Settling Waterscapes in Europe. The Archaeology of Neolithic & Bronze Age Pile-Dwellings. OSPA – Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology: Vol. 1. Heidelberg: Propylaeum, Heidelberg University Library 10.11588/propylaeum.714

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Pile dwellings have been explored over a vast region for a number of decades now. This has led to the development of different ways, methods, and even schools of underwater and peat-bog excavation practices and data analysis techniques under the influence of different research traditions in individual countries. On the one hand, these and other factors can limit our understanding of the past, whilst on the other hand they can also open up further avenues of interpretation. By collecting the papers presented at the 2016 session of the EAA in Vilnius, this book aims to take this diversity as an opportunity. The geographical scope extends from the Baltic to Russia, Belarus, Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Austria and Switzerland to France. The volume thus provides a current insight into international research into life in and around a vast array of prehistoric waterscapes. Extensive multidisciplinary research carried out in recent years has provided new data with regard to the anthropogenic influence on the landscapes around Neolithic and Bronze Age pile dwellings, which allows us to characterise in more detail the lifestyles of the settlements’ inhabitants, the peculiarities of the ecological niche and the interaction between humans and their environment. The volume also contains various case studies that demonstrate the importance of scientific analyses for the study of settlements between land and water. Overall, the volume presents an important new body of data and international perspectives on the settlement of European waterscapes.

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Book (Edited Volume)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Hafner, Albert and Hinz, Martin


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




OSPA – Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology


Propylaeum, Heidelberg University Library




Albert Hafner-Lafitte

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17 Dec 2020 07:56

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05 Dec 2022 15:41

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