№ 60/2010 from Mar 16, 2010
The migration of humans and animals during the period from the Paleolithic Age to the Middle Ages is the theme of a conference to be held at the TOPOI Excellence Cluster at Freie Universität. From March 24 to 26, 45 experts from the natural sciences and ancient studies will report on methodological approaches and research findings. Their objective is to identify migration patterns in human history. The meeting is open to interested listeners. Admission costs 15 euros per day or 30 euros for the entire session; there are student discounts. For media representatives with valid press cards, there is no admission charge.
The lecture topics include the integration of research on ancient DNA and stable isotopes in the investigation of human-environment systems, demography and the origins of modern human behavior, and the domestication of pets.
The research cluster “TOPOI – The Formation and Transformation of Space and Knowledge in Ancient Civilizations” has been funded since 2007 under the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments. Its aim is to explore the interdependence of space and knowledge in the civilizations of the Ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, and Black Sea region from ancient civilizations up to late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Open research questions explore, for example, how ancient landscapes can be reconstructed through drawing on archaeology and the Earth sciences, how spaces are organized in a historical perspective, or how ancient philosophy and mathematics designed spaces.