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First city north of the Alps?

Publication date: Aug 24, 2012 12:07:44 PM

Start: Nov 22, 2012 1:00:00 PM

Location: Room 410, Institute of Archaeology

A 3D image of the site of Heuneburg on the Upper Danube

Manuel Fernández-Götz (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Baden-Württemberg) will give a seminar on the site of Heuneburg and its archaeological environment at the Institute on 22 November.

The Heuneburg on the Upper Danube is one of the best known archaeological sites of Early Iron Age Europe. However, fieldwork carried out during recent years has radically changed our existing understanding of this central place of supra-regional importance. Apart from the 3 hectares hilltop fortification with its famous mudbrick wall, an exterior settlement some 100 hectares in size has been discovered and partially investigated, offering new insights into the centralisation process that took place from the end of the seventh century BC.

Moreover, new discoveries from the rich burials in the surrounding area offer interesting clues to matters of social hierarchy and status transmission within Iron Age communities. The result is a new picture of the development of the earliest processes of urbanisation north of the Alps.

Any enquiries about the seminar, which is hosted by the World Archaeology Section, may be directed to Ulrike Sommer.