Metal Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean

Dirk BRANDHERM
President
Luis BERROCAL RANGEL
Vice-President
Lucía RUANO POSADA
Secretary

The scientific commission “Metal Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean” forms part of the UISPP domain “Archaeology and Society” (specific periods, diachronic themes, regional peculiarities), and its objectives are the exchange of information between scholars of all institutions working on the Bronze and Iron Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Geographically, the activities of the commission cover the whole of Europe and the countries of the Mediterranean and Black Sea basins, from North Africa to Scandinavia and from Ireland to the Levant, Anatolia, the Caucasus and the Urals. In chronological terms, the main focus is on the last three millennia BC, but both earlier Chalcolithic societis as well as protohistoric societies of the early AD period may also be considered as falling under the commission's remit. 

As concerns specific subject matters, the commission's work covers all aspects of Bronze and Iron Age research, including chronology, material culture, settlements, burials, landscapes, techniques, technology, etc. Limitations of its remit arise where specific fields of research are covered by the work of other commissions, e.g. Mortuary Practices in Prehistory and Protohistory or the commissions operating under the domain of Historiography, Methods and Theory. Such overlap evidently does not preclude cooperation between commissions. On the contrary, any form of scientific partnership is strongly encouraged. The commission organizes at least one scientific meeting per year focusing on a transversal theme that addresses current debates in Metal Ages research in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Research and publications

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'Metal Ages' General Session at the XX UISPP World Congress

5–9 September 2023 – Timișoara (Romania)

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Water supply and water management in the Metal Ages

International colloquium “Water Supply and Water Management in the Metal Ages”

13–16 October 2022 – Ankara (Turkey)

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Scanning the Hidden

International colloquium “Scanning the hidden. LiDAR and 3D technologies applied to architecture research in the archaeology of the Metal Ages”

5–8 June 2021 – Ávila (Spain)

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Publications

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Metal Ages / Âges des métaux

Brandherm, D. (ed.) 2023. Metal Ages / Âges des métaux. Proceedings of the XIX UISPP World Congress (2–7 September 2021, Meknes, Morocco) Volume 2, General Session 5. Oxford: Archaeopress.

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Metalworkers and their Tools: Symbolism, Function, and Technology in the Bronze and Iron Ages

Boutoille, L. & Peake, R. (eds) 2023. Metalworkers and their Tools: Symbolism, Function, and Technology in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Oxford: Archaeopress.

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Proyectando lo oculto. Tecnologías LiDAR y 3D aplicadas a la arqueología de la arquitectura protohistórica

Berrocal Rangel, L. (ed.) 2022. Proyectando lo oculto. Tecnologías LiDAR y 3D aplicadas a la arqueología de la arquitectura protohistórica. Anejos a Cuadernos de Prehistoria y Arqueología de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 5. Madrid: UAM Ediciones.

Gifts, Goods and Money: Comparing Currency and Circulation Systems in Past Societies

Gifts, Goods and Money: Comparing Currency and Circulation Systems in Past Societies

Brandherm, D., Heymans, E. & Hofmann, D. (eds) 2018. Gifts, Goods and Money: Comparing Currency and Circulation Systems in Past Societies. Oxford: Archaeopress.

News

METALAGES 2024 Call for Papers

The METALAGES 2024 colloquium will take place on 23rd October in Florence (Italy). The call for papers is now open and will close on 28th June 2024.

Members

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Bettina ARNOLD
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (United States)
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Luis BENITEZ DE LUGO ENRICH
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
Luis BERROCAL RANGEL
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
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Jean BOURGEOIS
Universteit Gent (Belgium)
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Linda BOUTOILLE
Queen's University Belfast (United Kingdom)
Dirk BRANDHERM
Queen's University Belfast (United Kingdom)
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Fernando COIMBRA
Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (Portugal)
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Elisa DALLA LONGA
Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria (Italy)
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Mireille DAVID-ELBIALI
Université de Genève (Switzerland)
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Ute Luise DIETZ
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz (Germany)
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Manuel FERNÁNDEZ GÖTZ
University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)
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Florian MAUTHNER
Archeo Norico Burgmuseum (Austria)
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Heide Wrobel NØRGAARD
Moesgaard Museum (Denmark)
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Federico POLISCA
Istituto Italiano di Preistoria e Protostoria (Italy)
Lucía RUANO POSADA
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)
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Svenja SIMON
Universität des Saarlandes (Germany)
Valeriu SÎRBU
Muzeul Brailei “Carol I” (Romania)
Maria-Magdalena ŞTEFAN
Muzeul National de Istorie a României (Romania)
Angelo VINTALORO
Museo civico Pippo Rizzo, Corleone (Italy)