From June 16-21, international expertise from Europe and beyond gathered in Kiel to discuss the latest results in the field of megalithic research at the International Conference “Megaliths, Societies, Landscapes: Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe”
Successful experiment: Kiel University has a megalithic tomb.
Approximately 60 interested citizens, students and teachers of Kiel University literally pulled together today (May 14th) in order to set something big in motion. With only muscle power and simple tools, a megalithic tomb was constructed on the campus according to a Neolithic model.
This event has been organized as one of the highlights of the anniversary year of Kiel University: On May 14th, students and teachers will construct a megalithic stone tomb near the main lecture hall building (Audimax). In the process, the stones weighing tons will only be moved and put in place with muscle power and simple tools as implemented in the Stone Age, when hundreds of such monuments were constructed in Schleswig-Holstein.
The international, interdisciplinary running team of the Graduate School has made another athletic appearance: In the tower run (Hochhauslauf) celebrating Kiel University’s 350th anniversary, PhD students Tobias Danborg Torfing (archaeologist/ Denmark), Sandra Kiesow (ecosystem researcher/Germany) and Maren Biederbick (art historian/ Germany) teamed up with Humboldt Fellow Carl Heron (Professor for Archaeology, Bradford).
Graduate School members Wiebke Kirleis and Welmoed Out have recently launched, together with their colleague René Cappers (University of Groningen), a new series focused on people-plant interactions. Advances in Archaeobotany has been initiated to provide a dedicated publication venue for research excellence in archaeobotany and related interdisciplinary work.
The seminar “Concepts of Memory Culture” has gone on a day-trip to the memorial site Neuengamme in the outskirts of Hamburg on March 4. After the theoretical part of the seminar in the last months, this excursion gave a lively example of memorial culture and the construction of a memory place in the landscape.
Over 40 Graduate School members from PhD to PI level gathered near Sønderborg, Denmark for the Introductory Workshop of the 4th PhD generation from February 19–20. The old estate Sandbjerg Gods, now a convention centre of Aarhus University, provided an ideal environment.