Session MERC: Place-names and Archaeology: Inter-disciplinary perspectivesin a European context

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MERC – PLACE-NAMES AND ARCHAEOLOGY: INTER-DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES IN A EUROPEAN CONTEXT

MAIN AUTHOR DETAILS

Dr. Stuart Brookes, UCL

tcrnsjb@ucl.ac.uk

CO-AUTHOR(S)

Dr Julio Escalona Monge (CSIC, Spain)

Dr Margarita Fernández Mier (University of Leon, Spain)

SESSION DETAILS

Session type
Oral presentation
Session ID
AR9
Session theme
Interpreting the Archaeological Record

ABSTRACT

This session will examine the uses of place-names in archaeology, focussing on the methods of inter-disciplinary enquiry, the possibilities of such research, and comparing the different historiographical traditions across Europe. Whilst place-names provide crucial insights into past uses of landscape and the processes of identity creation and definition, they remain an under-utilised resource in landscape archaeology. This session will emphasise how important they are in any modern attempt to understand the distant past, and examine their potential in this area.The session aims to:- bring together scholars working on onomastics and archaeology in different parts of Europe to provide a forum for the exchange of expertise and ideas- discuss differences and similarities in approach between archaeologists and place-name experts, defining areas of difficulty?including questions of terminology and chronology?and potential areas for future collaboration.- critically examine historiographical traditions of place-names and archaeology across Europe- assess the impact of digital cartography in bringing archaeology and place-name studies together- discuss the need for nuanced approaches to the study of macro- and micro- place-names- show-case inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of landscapes, examining themes such as: memory, perception and experience, culture change and continuity, the landscape imprint (both linguistic and material) of socio-political innovation.

http://eaaglasgow2015.com/session/place-names-and-archaeology-inter-disciplinary-perspectives-in-a-european-context/

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