Global Humanities Junior Research and Teaching Stay at Freie Universitaet Berlin
July - September 2014
The mobility of ideas in the prehistoric Old World through the prism of megalithis
The main subject of Michel Freikman's postdoctoral research is testing the possibility of relations between the megalithic cultures of Prehistoric Europe and Near East and establishing their nature.
These goals may be achieved by gathering data regarding typology, absolute dating and archaeological material found in context of various megaliths, and comparative analysis of this data in order to detect possible links between adjacent areas, which in turn can create a map of the movement of raw materials, objects, technologies or ideas.
The existence of such relations, if proven, has profound implications on the study of ancient interregional relations in general and the study of prehistoric cult in particular.
Michel Freikman holds a PhD in Archeology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His dissertation bears the title: Megalithic Architecture of the Near East. Case Study of the Golan. He has been Project Director of the Giv’at Ze’ev Regional Survey (MBII, Iron Age, Byzantine Periods) since 2013. Apart from numerous participations at excavation projects (among them Kh. Qeiyafa; Rujm Hiri and Al ‘Arbain), he was Visiting Professor at Moscow University in 2012, and taught at the Institute of Archaeology at HUJI.
Michel Freikman will teach a seminar within the Global Humanities Campus entitled Transregional relations in the Protohistoric Old World through the prism of the megalithic architecture.