The Materiality of Conflict Aims, methods and theory of conflict archaeology from prehistory to modern times Symposium In the past two decades we have witnessed the rapid development of a new field of archaeological research, commonly labelled as conflict archaeology. It has its origins in the study of battlefields and other conflict-related phenomena in the modern and pre-modern periods, but numerous studies have already made clear that this theme, its methods, techniques and theories are also relevant for older historical and even prehistoric periods. However, the material dimension of mass violence and conflict still is an underexplored field of study, certainly in Dutch archaeology. This symposium aims to give an up-to-date overview of the potentials, the scope and the limitations of conflict archaeology. VU University Amsterdam / University of Amsterdam Target group: master and research master students, PhD-students, staff of ACASA and ARCHON The program offers a broad range of papers from the prehistoric period up to the Second World War, and has a focus on methodological and theoretical issues. Questions that will be addressed are: how can we identify battlefields?, how essential is the availability of documentary evidence? What is the potential of a landscape-archaeological approach in this field of research? Has archaeology something to offer to the study of genocide in the past? How important are ritual depositions related to conflict? Each paper will have 30 minutes, including at least 5 minutes for questions. We will finish the program with a general debate.
09.00 - 09.45 Thea/coffee 09.45 - 10.00 Nico Roymans (VU University Amsterdam): Welcome and Introduction 10.00 - 10.30 Gabriel Moshenska (UCL London): A short history of the development of conflict Archaeology 10.30 - 11.00 Augusta McMahon (Cambridge University, UK): Violent conflict during the growth of early city-states. Late Chalcolithic mass graves at Tell Brak, Syria 11.00 - 11.30 David Fontijn (Leiden University): On the cultural perception of warfare and warriorhood in the European Bronze Age 11.30 - 12.00 Michael Meyer (Freie Universität Berlin): The Roman battlefields of Kalkriese and Harzfeld 12.00 - 13.00 Lunch 13.00 - 13.30 Nico Roymans/Manuel Fernàndez-Götz (University of Edinburg, UK): Caesar’s Gallic Conquest and the archaeology of mass violence and genocide 13.30 - 14.00 Tim Sutherland (University of York, UK): Checkmate: comparing the skeletal evidence of the death of King Richard III with other medieval weapon trauma 14.00 - 14.30 James Symonds (University of Amsterdam): The archaeology of deserted villages during the 30-Years War in Central Europe 14.30 - 15.00 Thea/coffee 15.00 - 15.30 Jan Kolen (Leiden University): The archaeology of recent terrorscapes 15.30 - 16.00 Max van der Schriek (VU University): The archaeology of industrial warfare. Methods and techniques 16.00 - 16.30 Rob van der Laarse (University of Amsterdam): Competing archaeologies. Traces and representations of 20th century Holocaust & other genocides 16.30 - 17.00 James Symonds: Final discussion 17.00 - 18.00 Drinks
24 Apr 2015
The Materiality of Conflict. Aims, Methods and Theoryof Conflict Archaeology from Prehistory to Modern Times (ACASA / ARCHON)