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Workshop "Hunting in northern Europe AD 500 – 1500"

Dr. Ulrich Schmölcke, Dr. Oliver Grimm

Early traditions, regional developments and continental influences

A diachronic, interdisciplinary and international workshop will consider the social significance of hunting in northern and central Europe. The focus is on two main questions. What traditions can be traced from the Stone Age to AD 1500, without interruption, in northern Europe? What regional developments and continental influences can be observed, e.g. in hunting weapons and techniques, and with regards to special privileges as to hunting? The workshop will be held in the summer of 2011 at the ZBSA (Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology) in Schleswig, with the results published in English the following year. Participation will be restricted to those presenting papers, who will have become fully acquainted with the subject in advance.

 Burial of a petty king's follower

The burial of a petty king´s follower of the Wendish period found at Rickeby in Sweden is a point of departure for new interpretations of the role of hunting in early historical societies in Scandinavia.


The workshop will give particular consideration to the following questions:

Was the Mesolithic way of life a success? How should we envisage the transition to the Neolithic period? How important was hunting in the Neolithic period and did its role change in the succeeding periods?

Was there continuous development in hunting weapons (e.g. bows and arrows), hunting techniques (e.g. reindeer hunting), and hunting animals (e.g. dogs) from the Stone Age onwards? Were there regional developments, and perhaps also continental influences?

Was there a transfer of hunting knowledge between the Roman provinces and the Germanic territories, and was specific information thus transferred to northern Europe? Did hunting in northern Europe become an especially aristocratic activity only late in the first millennium AD, perhaps as a result of continental influences (e.g. in terms of prestigious graves, hunting as a status symbol, hunting on royal estates)? When can specialised hunting personnel first be observed in northern Europe and, finally, since when was there a form of hunt that could only be organised with state-level logistics?

What similarities and differences were there in religious beliefs and tribal or other local books of law in continental northern Europe and in Scandinavia? To what extent is hunting reflected in continental and Scandinavian place names?



Åsa Ahrland, Institutionen för ekonomi, Sveriges Landbruksuniversitet i Uppsala

Sveinung Bang Andersen, Arkeologisk Museum/Universitetet i Stavanger

Prof. Dr. Thomas Fischer, Archäologisches Institut, Universität Köln

Dr. Martina Giese, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf

Dr. Sönke Hartz, Archäologisches Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig

Dr. des. Vera Henkelmann, formerly Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kultur Schleswig-Holstein, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig

Dr. Ulf Ickerodt, Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein, Schleswig

Prof. Dr. Svein Indrelid, Bergen Museum/Universitetet i Bergen

Dr. Sigmund Oehrl, Skandinavisches Seminar, Georg-August Universität Göttingen

Harm Paulsen, ehemals Archäologisches Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein, Schleswig

Prof. Dr. Wietske Prummel, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Dr. C. Reichmann, Museum Burg Linn (Krefeld)

Prof. Dr. Inge Saerheim, Institutt for kultur- og språkvitenskap, Universitetet i Stavanger

Prof. Dr. Dr. Sigrid Schwenk, ehemals Forschungszentrum für Jagdkultur an der Technischen Universität München

Dr. Bodil Holm Sørensen, Viking Museum Ladby

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Udolph, Zentrum für Namenkunde, Leipzig

Dr. Maria Vretemark, Västergötlands museum, Skara


and from ZBSA

Dr. Berit V. Eriksen, Dr. Lydia Klos, Dr. Elena Nikulina und Dr. Mara-Julia Weber.

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