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16th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany: The Social Value of Prehistoric Axes: New archaeological and archaeometric approaches

International conference in Halle (Saale) from 5 to 7 October 2023.

The Archaeological Conference of Central Germany is hosted annually by the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt. Within the scope of this conference, selected archaeological topics are addressed annually in order to provide new insights based on finds and features from Central Germany in an international and interdisciplinary discussion.

The focus of this year's congress is the research question of the social value of prehistoric axes. After a basic presentation on the raw materials – Which are these? – Where do they come from? – Where were they distributed? – and material analyses, the aim of the conference is to discuss and compare the economic (for example where they were produced) and, above all, the social significance of axes from the Neolithic to the end of the Early Bronze Age (for example how they were used).


The programme will be announced.

Poster contributions

We hereby cordially invite you to submit a poster (format DIN A1 maximum). Please send us a short summary (one page) of the poster for the abstract volume, which will be distributed at the conference, by 31 July 2023 at the latest. Please send your poster as TIFF, JPG or PDF to cgaertner@lda.stk.sachsen-anhalt.deby 17 September 2023 at the latest and bring a printout to the conference.

A poster presentation is planned at the conference. Each poster author has a maximum of 5 minutes to present the research based on the poster. The time and order of presentation will be communicated to the poster authors by 4 October 2023 at the latest. A separate decision will be made later on whether the topic will be included in the conference proceedings.

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Scientific board

Prof. Dr. Harald Meller (Halle [Saale]/DE)
Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka (Mannheim/DE)
Prof. Dr. Roberto Risch (Barcelona/ES)

Registration and coordination

Registrations are possible until 25 September 2023 at mda-halle@lda.stk.sachsen-anhalt.de.

The conference fees are 45.00 € per person, reduced 20.00 €.

Claudia Gärtner M. A.
Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt
Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte
Richard-Wagner-Straße 9
06114 Halle (Saale)
+49 345 5247-372

During the event, photo and video recordings will be made for purposes of documentation and public relations.

Conference venues

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Steintor-Campus, Hörsaal I
Adam-Kuckhoff-Straße 35
06108 Halle (Salle)

Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte
Richard-Wagner-Straße 9
06114 Halle (Saale)

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