International colloquium: Sea People, Land People: lifestyles and networks in Bell Beaker Europe

Since the realization of its European dimension at the beginning of the 20th century, the Bell Beaker phenomenon has raised questions about the mechanisms of its diffusion. Archaeological data show that at a European scale there are several ways of 'being Bell Beaker': some objects have an essentially maritime distribution, while others have a continental distribution. Beyond material culture, this colloquium intends to question the diversity of lifeways of Bell Beaker societies and the nature of the links that unite them. Ways of being in the world can be questioned and put into perspective based on material culture, ecofacts, the nature and organization of sites and their location in the landscape, to better understand the life of Bell Beaker populations. How did they live on a daily basis, at the scale of the settlement unit, the territory or the wider region? Are there differences observed between the coast, the lowlands and the more mountainous areas? These questions about lifeways are essential to understanding the relationships formed between the communities that inhabit these different environments, whether they carriers of the Bell Beaker culture or not: What is the nature of these networks? How do they shift? And why? In recent years, emphasis has been placed on gene flow and migrations, now calling for discussion of these data to question the link between culture and biology, as well as models of the diffusion of the Bell Beaker culture.

Two thematic sessions will be held, one on lifeways and settlement structures, the other on networks and diffusion models, with an emphasis on synthetic overviews and exemplary case studies. A third session will be devoted to recent discoveries and current research.

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