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Conference «Battlefield and Mass Grave»

The Brandenburg State Office for the Preservation of Monuments and State Archaeological Museum, in collaboration with the Archaeological Society of Berlin and Brandenburg, invited you to the conference

»Battlefields and mass graves:  the interdisciplinary analysis of sites of conflict«

from 21st to 24th November 2011 in the Brandenburg State Archaeological Museum in the town of Brandenburg on the Havel.

Battlefield archaeology is a relatively young academic discipline that has flourished in Germany over the past few years. Recent investigations of archaeological and historical battlefields have played a crucial role in this development. These include the projects at Lützen (Thirty Years War), Kalkriese (Roman Iron-Age, considered to be the site of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest), Harzhorn (Roman Iron-Age, a later Roman incursion east of the Rhine) and in the Tollense Valley (Bronze Age).

In particular, an increase in the number of human remains discovered on battlefield sites has made a wealth of new data available. Finds include single bones, disarticulated and semi-articulated remains from pits, as well as single and mass graves. Along with the use of traditional archaeological and anthropological methods, the application of techniques from the natural sciences is indispensable for the analysis of this material. They provide more detailed information about the dead and make it possible to reconstruct the acts of violence that occurred on the battlefield or elsewhere.


There was a very good response to the call for papers in autumn 2010 and numerous researchers from various fields will present the results of their work at the conference. The subjects of the papers are not restricted to the post-medieval period and there is an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects.
20 minutes are planned for each lecture and each will be followed by time for discussion. The conference languages are English and German. There will also be poster presentations of the findings of a number of additional projects.

The Abstracts of papers are available now: Abtracts It is planned to publish the proceedings of the conference in 2013.