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Tartu arheoloogia kevadpäevad

5. juunil algusega kell 11.15 ning 6. juunil algusega kell 11. Tartus Jakobi 2-213.

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7. mail Martin Rundkvisti loeng

Kolmapäeval, 7. mail  peab Rootsi arheoloog PhD Martin Rundkvist avaliku loengu

From burial data to chronology and social interpretation via computer-aided statistics

Loeng toimub Tartus Jakobi 2–213 algusega kell 16.15.

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A furnished burial speaks to us about many things. Some of the more accessible parameters are the point in time when the funeral took place, how expensive the funeral was, the gender and other social roles of the deceased, and within what sort of religious framework the funeral was staged. For the archaeologist who wants to study any one of these parameters, it is far more powerful to base one’s arguments on a large sample of burials than on just a few cases. And with a sufficiently large sample, computer-aided statistics offer the swiftest and clearest way to identify and examine patterns in the data. Examples in the talk are taken from Gotland in the era AD 400-1100.

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Saksa ja Läti arheoloogide avalikud loengud

23. oktoobril algusega kell 16.15 toimuvad Tartu Ülikooli arheoloogia osakonnas (Jakobi 2–213)  Saksa ja Läti arheoloogide avalikud loengud:


John Meadows “Radiocarbon: an Archaeological User’s Manual”

This presentation deals with several aspects of the use of radiocarbon dating in archaeology, including sample selection, measurement and calibration, and statistical methods for interpreting the results. The aim is to use our best estimates of the dates of individual samples to build reliable absolute chronologies for archaeological phenomena: sites, artefact types and cultural practices. Such chronologies should include realistic uncertainties, and should change as new discoveries are made and additional samples are dated.

John Meadows on radiosüsiniku ja isotoopide analüüsidele keskendunud vanemteadur Balti ja Skandinaavia Arheoloogia Keskuses (ZBSA) ning Kieli Christian Albrechtsi Ülikoolis (CAU) Leibnizi radiosüsiniku ja isotoopanalüüside laboris, Saksamaal. Varem on ta töötanud teaduslikel meetoditel põhineva dateerimise rühma liikmena English Heritages, Londonis.



Ilga Zagorska & Harald Lübke „Riņņukalns – new research on a long-known but nearly forgotten Neolithic freshwater shell midden in Latvia”
Riņņukalns, in northern Latvia, is unique in the context of Baltic Sea region prehistory because it is the only well-stratified Stone Age shell midden in the Eastern Baltic, and it is one of the few sites consisting mainly of freshwater mussel species. Discovered and first excavated in the 1870s, and sporadically re-investigated until the 1940s, it produced ceramics, bone tools and some art objects. Of special importance were at least four human burials, with some bone and stone grave goods, which were found under alleged intact layers of the shell midden, which could be dated to the Neolithic by pot sherds. Consequently Sievers considered these human remains, in contrast to other early modern burials found in the topsoil, as the first Stone Age graves found in the Eastern Baltic. However, this interpretation was contradicted by then leading Baltic prehistorians and the age of the presumed Stone Age graves remained in dispute.
After a break of almost 70 years, the Institute of Latvian History, Latvia, and the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, Germany began cooperative research on this important site. Excavations in 2011 demonstrated that significant parts of the midden are still preserved intact, and yielded rich assemblages of fish bones and freshwater shells, as well as herbivore, human and bird bones. We have dated the new midden exposure to the late fourth millennium cal BC, and demonstrated the potential existence of large freshwater reservoir effects in human bones.

All human remains excavated by Sievers at Riņņukalns were given by him to the famous German researcher Rudolf Virchow for his anthropological collection in Berlin, and survived the chequered history of the 20th century until today. Therefore it was possible to start new osteological, stable isotope and radiocarbon investigations on these remains to resolve the old research dispute. It is proven now that at least two burials were of Prehistoric age. They belong according to the East European Terminology to the Eastern Baltic Middle Neolithic of the fourth millennium cal BC and are of the same age as the shell midden. Nevertheless, the values of stable isotopes 13C and 15N show that these people were still fishermen, hunters and gatherers and not farmers.

The co-occurrence of burials with in-situ remains of a wide range of dietary species provides an excellent opportunity to use radiocarbon and other isotopic signals to reconstruct human diet and mobility, as well as defining the site’s absolute chronology.


Ilga Zagorska töötab Läti Ajaloo Instituudis. Oma pika arheoloogi karjääri jooksul on ta tegelenud Läti varaseima asustuse ning mesoliitiliste kultuuride küsimustega, sarv- ja luuriistade tüpoloogiate ning kiviaegsete matmiskommete ja nende sümbolilise tähendusega Põhja-Euroopas. Veel viimase ajani jätkusid tema juhendamisel (algselt koos abikaasa Francis Zagorskisega; 2000ndatel koos Lars Larssoniga) väljakaevamised Euroopa ühel suurimal kiviaegsel kalmistul Zveinjekis.

Harald Lübke
on vanemteadur Balti ja Skandinaavia Arheoloogia Keskuses (ZBSA), Saksamaal. Ta uurib Kesk-Euroopa põhjaosa ja Lõuna-Skandinaavia mesoliitikumi ja varaneoliitikumi. Lübke on teinud mitmeid allveearheoloogilisi uuringuid Läänemere lõunaosa kiviaegsetel ning hilisemate perioodide uppunud muististel.

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6.-7. juunil Tartu arheoloogia kevadpäevad

Kahel päeval ettekanded TÜ arheoloogia magistrantidelt, doktorantidelt ja doktoritelt. Tartus Jakobi 2-213, mõlemal päeval algusega kell 10.15.

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15. mail Don Hensoni loeng

15. mail algusega kell 16.15 peab Suurbritannia arheoloog Don Henson avaliku loengu teemal “Archaeology and society”. Loeng toimub   Tartus Jakobi 2-213.

This talk will explore the pace of archaeology in modern society. We need to understand what archaeology is and why we practice it. Archaeology must be more than only an exploration of the past for its own sake. We have no right to be paid by government out of everyone’s taxes so that we can do archaeology as our own private pastime or hobby. Archaeology has a great deal of value to individuals and to communities. The nature of archaeology is that it can appeal to a wide range of people with many different abilities. This talk will explore these themes and show some examples from the United Kingdom of an archaeology that benefits non-archaeologists, of all ages.

Don Henson on Suurbritannia üks tuntuimaid avaliku arheoloogia ning arheoloogia pedagoogika ideolooge.


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