Temporalities in the study of mobility

Reinhard Bernbeck, Ilia Heit, Elke Kaiser, Susan Pollock, Joanne Rowland, Emmanuele Russo, Wolfram Schier, Geoffrey Tassie

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Abstract / Description of output

The research group Political Ecology of Non-Sedentary Communities examines differently mobile societies from the Epipaleolithic in the Nile Delta to Neolithic and Aeneolithic settlements in the foothill plain of the Kopet Dag in Turkmenistan and Aeneolithic and Early Bronze Age groups in the Eastern European steppe. We recognize mobility as a feature of every society. To describe different forms, conditions, and strategies of mobility and avoid a dichotomy of non-sedentariness vs. sedentariness, we emphasize temporalities. In this context, crucial questions are how extensive, how routine or unusual, over what periods of time mobility occurs and which segment(s) of a group are engaged in different aspects of mobility. We exemplify our approach through a comparison of two case studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpatial Environment and Conceptual Design
Subtitle of host publicationThe concept of social ecology as a means to integrate humanities and science in landscape archaeological research
EditorsDaniel Knitter, Wolfram Schier, Brigitta Schütt
PublisherEdition Topoi
ISBN (Print)9783982067087
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

Publication series

NameBerlin Studies of the Ancient World

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • temporality
  • political ecology
  • scalarity
  • mobility
  • Eurasian prehistory


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