Workshop: Osteoarchaeological Perspectives on Socioeconomic Changes in European Iron Age Societies

16/17 November 2022 in Constance (Germany).

Call for Papers:

Cultural transfer, mobility and networks: Osteoarchaeological perspectives on socioeconomic changes in European Iron Age societies

(Workshop on 16th/17th November 2022, Archaeological State Museum BadenWürttemberg, Constance, Germany)

Across many regions of Europe, the Iron Age represented a period of major cultural, economic and social change: new systems of agricultural production emerged, farreaching exchange networks were established and in several regions, such as Central Europe and Middle Italy, a strong political and economic centralisation became evident. A key source for the reconstruction of these processes are animal and human remains from Iron Age funeral and settlement contexts. As part of the DFGfunded project Animal husbandry in crisis? Archaeozoology of late La Tène cultural developments between the Danube region and the Inn Valley, our workshop Cultural transfer, mobility and networks: Osteoarchaeological perspectives on socioeconomic changes in European Iron Age societies examines the current state of osteoarchaeological research in Iron Age studies. The following questions are of particular interest:

  • Which processes of social, economic and cultural change can we recognise as having occurred during the Iron Age, especially at its initial and final periods in different European model regions?
  • How did mobility and supraregional networks develop within and between Iron Age communities? What role did Mediterranean agents, especially Etruscan citystates, Greek colonies and finally the Roman sphere of power, play in this process?
  • How did local Iron Age communities react to new cultural/economic influences and innovations, especially from the Mediterranean?
  • Were ecologically, climatically or culturally induced changes in population histories accompanied by changes in livestock farming?
  • How did ecological or climatic changes affect population health and demography?
  • In what way do archaeological bone assemblages reflect socioeconomic crises?
  • Did humananimal interactions change in the course of the Iron Age?
  • What methods are currently available to conduct osteoarchaeology research on cultural transfer, mobility and networks during the Iron Age?
  • How can we maximise the synergies between these methods within an interdisciplinary framework (with special regard to combining “classical“ anatomicalmorphological methods and isotope studies/palaeogenetics)?

Organised by the State Office for Cultural Heritage Management BadenWürttemberg, in cooperation with the Archaeological State Museum BadenWürttemberg, the aim of this workshop is to discuss these questions based on a variety of presentations regarding methodology, geography and chronology. These 20minute talks can be presented either in persona or online. If you are interested in participating, please send the organising committee the title of your presentation and an abstract of max. 1,500 characters by 7th September (mail to

Furthermore, we plan to publish these contributions in a conference volume; the type and scope of this publication will be discussed in more detail during the workshop.

If you should have any questions, dont hesitate to contact Dr. Simon Trixl (State Office for Cultural Heritage Management BadenWürttemberg) at the email address