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Workshop: Archaeology and Natural Sciences - Joining Forces to Investigate New Possibilities

May 31. 2018 - June 1. 2018 at The National Museum of Denmark

The creation of breakthrough knowledge of human history is equally as dependent upon the application of new methods as it is on the selection of key archaeological questions.

It is the intent of this workshop to both engage in a cross-disciplinary dialogue as well as to provide a space for the synthesis of fresh breakthrough projects. Specifically, the goal is to promote novel and innovative ideas and to provide opportunities to pinpoint particular fields with the potential for method development and application.

In sum, the workshop acts as a platform from which researchers can discuss the potentials of cross-disciplinarity between archaeology and natural sciences anno 2018.

Read more about the workshop (pdf-file) 

May 22. 2018 / A Day in the Field

Although the fantastic discovery of the Ølby Woman first came to archaeological attention 138 years ago when it was excavated by archaeologist Sophus Müller, the story of the Ølby Woman actually began in Nordic Bronze Age period II (1500-1300 BC) when she was interred within an oak coffin placed inside one (SB 3) among a series of mounds near Køge, south of Copenhagen. Although preservation of the burial was not as spectacular as some others, the Ølby Woman was beatifully equipped following her demise; among other things, her burial contained a cobalt glass bead imported from Egypt (Varberg, Gratuze et al. 2015), an amber bead, a neck collar, a belt plate, a short sword, four small tutuli and a goodly quantity of bronze tubes which must have adorned a corded skirt (Aner and Kersten 1973)

On 22 May, 2018, the Tales of Bronze Age Women project took the next step in the Ølby Woman saga. The Tales of Bronze Age Women research team from the National Museum of Denmark went into the field, clambering up and down the two remaining mounds at the site of Ølby as well as over and through nearby forests and waterways to collect the necessary plants, water and soil samples needed to create a detailed baseline/isoscape of the area in order to interpret the 87Sr/86Sr results taken from Ølby’s three molar teeth into context. Was she another migrating woman, as we have seen from Egtved (Frei, Mannering et al. 2015) and Skrydstrup (Frei, Villa et al. 2017), or is her signature more local? Stay tuned for the next installment!

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