Thank you all for participating in the 2nd PeBA conference in Belgrade − let’s stay connected!

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We are glad to officially announce the 2nd PeBA Conference!

PeBA 2017 will take place on September 15th-17th at the Archaeological Institute in Belgrade.

The conference is held in cooperation with the Archaeological Institute in Belgrade and is generously funded by the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) – Vienna.

Spheres of Interaction – Contacts and Relationships between the Balkans and adjacent regions in the Late Bronze / Iron Ages (13/12th – 6/5th BCE)

Belgrade, 15 – 17 September 2017

The role of the Western Balkans as a bridge between the Eastern Mediterranean and Central Europe has become painfully apparent during the recent refugee crisis. The very same route along the rivers Vardar and Morava was one of the main communication routes already throughout European prehistory.
The conference “Perspectives on Balkan Archaeology – Spheres of Interactions” focuses on the connections and relationships between Late Bronze / Iron Age communities in the Western and Central Balkans and the surrounding regions, including the Aegean, the Apennine Peninsula, the Black Sea region, the Southeast Alps and the Carpathian Basin.

On the basis of certain case studies, and explanatory or theoretical models, we would like to discuss the following questions and aspects:

  • How are contacts and relationships expressed in material culture? How do relationships materialize in settlements, grave contexts, and sanctuaries or in certain (burial) rituals or technological choices? How can one categorize and identify “foreign” objects and objects based on foreign ideas or techniques (what is foreign and why)?
  • Is it possible to distinguish between, for instance, political/diplomatic relationships, economic interactions, and migrations of groups or individual mobility?
  • If connections are visible in the archaeological record, how can they be interpreted? Are they perceivable as stable and permanent or as variable networks? Are buffer-zones, contact zones or isolated regions identifiable?
  • Can spheres of interaction be shown to change over time? Are different regions linked (or isolated) in the Late Bronze, early and developed Iron Age respectively?
  • Comparative archaeology: How are different chronological systems affecting supra-regional studies and how can this issue be addressed?