T05S004 Outlands and outland use – in the past, the present and the future
Eva Svensson, Professor. Environmental Science, Karlstad University, SE-65188 Karlstad (SWEDEN). firstname.lastname@example.org
Rainer Schreg, Dr Phil. Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Ernst-Ludwig-Platz 2, D-55116 Mainz (GERMANY). email@example.com
Margarita Fernández Mier, Departament of History, University of Leon, 24071 Leon, (SPAIN). firstname.lastname@example.org
Increased urban growth and depletion of rural areas, especially outlying or so called marginal areas, are major processes in European societies today. These processes have shaped our conception of outlying areas in the past. Outlying areas have therefore been of marginal importance in the archaeology of the past. But, when investigated, outlying areas have often turned out to be arenas for a variety of human strategies, and of great importance as harbors of resources and ecosystem services. Outlands were vital both for the subsistence of local communities and for mercantile networks on different levels in Europe as commodity producers. Today, people in outlying areas are fighting for a sustainable future, using the past as a major resource. In this session we focus on the dynamics of past outland use, the problems of today and the possibilities of the future. We would like to combine strategic papers dealing with applied archaeology as well as comparative case studies characterizing past outland ecosystems. Useful inspiration for papers in this session can be found in some of the challenges emphasized in the coming Horizon 2020 call; health and well-being, food-security, environment and resource efficiency and Europe in a changing world.