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Kühn im Konzept, phantasievoll mit Resourcen: Architektur-archäologische Analyse am Beispiel eisenzeitlicher Rundbauten in Schottland

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Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationKunstHandWerk
Subtitle of host publicationBeitraege der 26. Tagung AG Eisenzeit gemeinsam mit der Keltenwelt am Glauberg und der hessenARCHAEOLOGIE im Landesamt fuer Denkmalpflege Hessen in Bad Salzhausen - 3.-6. Oktober 2013
EditorsStefanie Wefers, Ines Balzer, Melanie Augstein, Janine Fries-Knoblach, Christiana Later, Katrin Ludwig, Claudia Tappert, Peter Trebsche, Julian Wiethold
Place of PublicationLangenweissbach
PublisherBeier & Beran, Archäologische Fachliteratur
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783957410795
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2018
EventKunstHandWerk - Arts and Craft, Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit - Bad Salzhausen, Germany
Duration: 3 Oct 20136 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameBeiträge zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte Mitteleuropas
PublisherBeier & Beran, Archäologische Fachliteratur


ConferenceKunstHandWerk - Arts and Craft, Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit
CityBad Salzhausen


This paper introduces architectural analysis of construction and design to the archaeological evidence of the Scottish brochs – Iron Age stone roundhouses still preserved up to 13 m high. Despite their unique construction, analysis shows brochs to have been an integral part of the wider British roundhouse tradition, indicating supra-regional similarities. Architectural differences between stone and timber roundhouses, but also between individual brochs, however, suggest underlying long-lived regional traditions. These traditions could be adapted according to individual requirements, such as site-specific masonry patterns. The consumption of material and labour, sophistication in construction and design, and a visible presence within the landscape suggest that locally-based communities were utilising domestic architecture as the medium to convey social and economic potential. The analytical method introduced here can be applied to other building traditions elsewhere – with the potential to yield similarly nuanced archaeological interpretations..

    Research areas

  • prehistoric domestic architecture, Iron Age, roundhouses, Scotland, building materials, architectural analysis, brochs, sociology of architecture


KunstHandWerk - Arts and Craft, Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Eisenzeit


Bad Salzhausen, Germany

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