Early Iron Age Fortifications in Central Europe: New Research Trends and Results

Ballmer, Ariane; Fernández-Götz, Manuel (9 September 2021). Early Iron Age Fortifications in Central Europe: New Research Trends and Results. In: 27th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists 2021. Session #273. Kiel, bzw. virtuell. 6.-11. September 2011.

The study of fortifications occupies a prominent position in Central European Iron Age research and looks back on a long research tradition. While initial investigations focused predominantly on defensive considerations from a military perspective, research of the last few decades has paid increasing attention to the social and symbolic role of the fortifications. Despite (or because of) the intense research, fortifications are still highly significant for Early Iron Age archaeology and offer great research potential. The authors will define and evaluate the current status quo of Early Iron Age fortification research in terms of questions, technical pro- cedures, analytical methods, and interpretive frameworks, in order to then propose a set of prospective research approaches. This includes, among other aspects, going beyond the rigid typologies that were established to define certain fortification types, thus acknowledging the existence of ‘hybrid’ works that escape traditional classifications. In addition, the paper will explore the potential of fieldwork techniques that go beyond the traditional excavation of a wall section in order to gain knowledge about chronology and typology. Examples from Germany and France will illustrate the discussion and build a basis for a future research agenda.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


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

Date Deposited:

04 Nov 2021 10:15

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05 Dec 2022 15:53



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