Workshop “On Depositions”

Last Thursday, the EoD-project organised a workshop on Bronze Age depositions.
Prof. dr. Richard Bradley from Reading University was invited to join the discussion with the European Prehistory department of the Faculty of Archaeology in Leiden. Some of the topics we discussed were the diversity of interpretations, the meaning of the landscape in deposition practices, the deposited objects and the destruction of the objects before they were deposited. After an inspiring and enlightening discussion, we finished the day with drinks and a good dinner where Marie-Louise Sørensen (Cambridge University) also joined.
This was the first of two special days for the EoD-team.

Text and pictures by Sabrina Autenrieth

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Science4U

(For English, see below)
In het kader van het project Science4U komen middelbare scholieren van het Stedelijk Gymnasium in Leiden een aantal keer op bezoek bij het Economies of Destruction-team om te zien hoe archeologisch wetenschappelijk onderzoek in zijn werk gaat en zelf een onderzoeksproject uit te voeren. Afgelopen vrijdag was de enthousiaste groep voor het eerst op bezoek en hebben de scholieren kennis gemaakt met de centrale vragen rond bronstijddeposities, de vernietiging van waardevolle bronzen voorwerpen en de rol van het landschap hierin. Ook hebben zij de verschillende laboratoria aan de Faculteit der Archeologie bezocht om te kijken wat voor onderzoek er plaatsvindt en hoe dit gebeurt. De komende drie ochtenden gaan we o.a. de bronzen voorwerpen zelf en het landschap waarin ze gedeponeerd zijn nader onderzoeken. We zijn heel benieuwd welke ideeën de scholieren hebben over bronstijddeposities!

As part of the project Science4U, high school students from the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Leiden are visiting the Economies of Destruction team to see how archaeological research is carried out and to carry out a research project themselves. Last Friday, the enthusiastic group came for their first visit, and the students became acquainted with the central questions around Bronze Age depositions, the destruction of valuable bronze objects and the role of the landscape within these practices. They also visited the laboratories of the Faculty of Archaeology to experience what kind of research is taking place and how this is done. In the next three sessions, we are going to investigate the bronze objects and the landscape in which they were deposited. We are excited to hear the students’ ideas about Bronze Age depositions!

Text and pictures by Marieke Visser/Sabrina Autenrieth

Lunula XXIV in Brugge

This year’s metal ages conference Lunula took place in the wonderful  city of Brugge in Belgium. The programme contained presentations about current excavations in Belgium, new 14C dates, Bronze Age buttons, mysterious caves in Scotland, Belgian research history and many more interesting talks. After the presentations, the participants were invited to the reception in Brugge’s town hall. First the deputy major told the story about the Brugse Zot, one of the two beers brewed in the city center of Brugge, later everyone was able to enjoy one or more glasses of this delicate Brugge beer.

Text and pictures by Sabrina Autenrieth