Wissenschaftliche Tagung 


20. September 2019
- 21. September 2019

Institut für Altertumswissenschaften
Arbeitsbereich »Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie«
der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Schönborner Hof Vortragssaal (Untergeschoss)
Schillerstraße 11
55116 Mainz

Programme (PDF)


registration:

Giacomo Bardelli 
bardelli(at)rgzm.de  

Raimon Graells i Fabregat
graells(at)rgzm.de  

 

 


Ancient Weapons | New Research Perpectives on Weapons and Warfare in the 1st Millennium BC

This conference is dedicated to the comparison of different research strategies on ancient weapons and warfare. The discussion will focus on weapons and on their archaeological and cultural contexts, their practical and symbolic use, and the complexity of their technological features. A selection of case studies presented in four small thematic sessions will offer the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and define future research paths.

Ergonomic design, finest selection of materials and high-developed technological background: to this date pre-, protohistoric and classical weapons have been some of the most appreciated items by warfare specialists all over the world. Modern archaeology goes beyond the interest in the exterior appearance of ancient weapons and focuses on the study of the single objects to explore new research avenues. Technological transfer, social interaction and conflict dynamics of ancient societies can be investigated through the analysis of weapons and warfare considering their material and symbolic features. Far from being objects for amateurs and collectors, ancient weapons become protagonists in historical and scientific reconstructions, with a huge potential as sources of knowledge. 

 

Conference Programme


Friday, 20th September 2019
 
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14.00

Registration

14.15

Welcome and Introduction
Opening Address by Giacomo Bardelli and Raimon Graells i Fabregat   

Session I

Weapons and Their Contexts: The Sanctuaries

14.30

Alessia D’Antonio, University of Salerno
Studies on the Weapons from Poseidonia-Paestum 

15.00

Azzurra Scarci, RGZM, Mainz
Iron and Bronze Weapons from the so-called Ares Temple at Monte Casale (South-eastern Sicily) as “Ex-voto par Transformation / Ex-voto par Destination”

Session II

Weapons and Their Contexts: The Tombs

15.30

Claudio Negrini, University of Wien 
Weapons and the Symbolic Representation of Warriors in the Necropoleis of Romagna (Italy) between the 10th and 5th Century BC

16.00

COFFEE BREAK

16.30

Giacomo Bardelli, RGZM, Mainz 
Live by the Sword, die with the Sword. The Warrior Tombs of the “Circolo delle Fibule” of Numana, between Restoration and Interpretation

17:00

Nikola Stefanovsky, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology / Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg 
Weapons as Symbols and their Manipulation: The Case of Tomb 1, Gorna Porta – Ohrid

17:30

Discussion

19.30

Conference Dinner

 

Saturday, 21st September 2019

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Session III

Weapons in Movement: Selection, Change and Diffusion 

9.00

János Gábor Tarbay, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest 
On the “Selection” of Weapon Hoards 

9.30

Raimon Graells i Fabregat, RGZM, Mainz 
Greek Archaic and Classical Panoplies: A Diachronic Approach 

10.00

Denis Topal, University High Anthropological Study, Chisinau
Akinakai of Eurasia: Opportunities for the Integration

10.30

COFFEE BREAK 

Session IV

The Hidden Dimension: Weapons and Archaeometry 

11.00

Marek Vercik, Charles University, Prague /
Ümit GüderÇanakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Archaic Scale Armour from the Aegean: Archaeological and Archaeometallurgical Study

11.30

Marc Gener Moret, University of Cambridge / McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
A Sword is a Sword. Archaeometric-oriented Studies of Ancient Weapons 

12.00

Discussion 

12.30

Conclusion Final Remarks by Markus Egg, RGZM, Mainz