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Call for Papers: Rural Settlement relating buildings, landscape, and people in the European Iron Age

Dear colleagues, you are cordially invited to the  Internationale Tagung 19-21 June, 2017 in Edinburgh jointly organised by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit, the University of Edinburgh and the First Millennia Studies Group.

We are seeking contributions on Rural Settlement relating buildings, landscape, and  eople in the European Iron Age. Please send your proposals using the pdf form in this document here (edinburgh_call_for_papers_engl) to the workshop email address by 28 February 2017. 

The organisers are Holger Wendling, Tanja Romankiewicz, Manuel Fernández-Götz, Dave Cowley, Fraser Hunter, Rod McCullagh

The farm – a unit of land, its buildings and inhabitants – was the basic element of Iron Age
settlement across Europe, represented by a range of excavated evidence and survey data. Their disposition, form and organisation, and how this varied through time and geographically are central to our understanding of social, economic and cultural interactions. From the individual and household to broader demographic units, this basic rural settlement unit was a constant, a familiar touchpoint within wider rural landscape organisation.

Settlements vary across Iron Age Europe, in unit size and density, in settlement distribution and landscape management, but also in terms of preservation. The rich Scottish evidence, with some exceptional preservation, offers valuable comparison to continental or Scandinavian material. The longer time-frames of northern Iron Ages allow tracing long-term developments.

To exploit this, two well-established Iron Age seminar groups have come together with the settlement archaeologists at the University of Edinburgh to offer this three-day workshop. This will connect evidence and views from across Europe to inform dialogue on common themes, regional variation and the roles of rural settlements in Iron Age societies. A holistic approach is encouraged that assimilates individual buildings into the changing textures of wider landscapes, patterns of land holding, density and permanency of settlement and the variability of land use strategies.

Contributions to all aspects of Iron Age rural settlement studies are welcome, ranging from architectural to landscape investigations. Comparative and wider geographical, methodological and theoretical studies are particularly encouraged, alongside analyses of regional or site-specific case studies. Time will be set aside for discussion to evaluate new results in wider contexts and explore the potential for multi-disciplinary, supra-regional strategies.

Topics of particular interest include:

  • How do our investigations into Iron Age domestic units influence our interpretations of rural settlements and their social, economic and cultural interactions – and what have new investigations to offer in reviewing existing household and settlement interpretations?
  • How enduring were rural settlement patterns and how permanently or periodically settled were particular locations?
  • How are different textures of landscape (upland/lowland; wetland/dryland; inland/coastal) assimilated in land use and settlement strategies?

A day-long field trip on Sunday, 18 June 2017, to sites in southern Scotland will allow participants to explore a particular strength of the Scottish archaeological record – the preservation as earthworks of Iron Age settlement and roundhouse sites.

Offers of oral presentations and posters are welcome – a title and abstract of no more than 2,000 characters (including spaces) should be sent to by 28 February 2017, using the form available here (edinburgh_call_for_papers_engl). In addition to the overall theme, the workshop will offer some opportunities to present results on recent research on the European Iron Age, regardless of topic. The scientific panel shall approve offers of papers and posters. Oral presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Posters should be no more than one A1 paper size (594 x 841 mm).

Although the main language of the workshop will be English, contributions in German and French are welcome.