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Cluster "Technology – Tradition and Transformation"

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Technology, as well as the organisation of crafts and production, reflects cognitive skills and the inner structure of archaeologically identifiable groups or cultures. Consequently, the investigation of material culture as a manifestation of technology also provides answers to sociological questions. The relationship between different traditions can be described synchronically and transformations within a tradition can be followed diachronically. The projects in this cluster have a common technological methodology with an epistemological approach. They always include processes that identify and observe all the components of the material culture, which are then studied with the help of the analytical concepts of the chaîne and schéma opératoire. The concept of the chaîne opératoire is thus used to reconstruct the steps of the chosen methods and techniques; the schéma opératoire to identify the sequence of concepts that determined these steps. This analytical approach can be applied to all raw materials and groups of artefacts. The North Sea and Baltic region is distinguished by the availability of high-quality lithic raw material, which provides ideal conditions especially for the study of prehistoric stone-working technology.

Bronze Age flint working
Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen
Defining the Ahrensburgian
Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen
Examination and dating of Mesolithic antler head-dresses
Markus Wild MA, Dr. John Meadows, Dr. Martin Street (MONREPOS, RGZM)
Heat treatment of chert
Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen
Lithics Analysis Laboratory
Prof. Dr. Berit Valentin Eriksen, Dr. Mara-Julia Weber (Dr. Susan Harris)
Long Blades as markers of long-distance connections?
Dr. Mara-Julia Weber
Pinnberg 7: Chronology, Technology, Typology (completed)
Dr. Daniel Groß
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