Call for papers: Interpreted Iron Ages

Case studies, method, theory

3. Linzer Gespräche zur interpretativen Eisenzeitarchäologie

Oberösterreichisches Landesmuseum Linz, Austria
14 – 16 November 2008

The aims of European Iron Age archaeologies are not only to classify material remains of the Iron Age past according to typological and chronological frameworks, but also to explain the societies that produced these remains. The Linzer Gespräche zur interpretativen Eisenzeitarchäologie are intended as a platform to present and discuss explanatory models, either as applied to individual case studies, or the methods employed in developing such models themselves, or the theoretical foundations underlying the interpretation of Iron Age sources, without being buried, as often the case at other conferences, amidst serial presentations of hardly interpreted masses of primary evidence.
As no possibility to directly access the past exists, every statement we make about it, even the most trivial one, is inevitably a construction that cannot be tested against an existing reality. Thus, whatever we believe to know about the past is necessarily uncertain and provisional. To come closer to the ultimate goal shared by all historical disciplines, finding the most fitting explanations of the past, using a broad range of differing interpretative tools to arrive at a multitude of explanatory possibilities, whose viability can be established against the available evidence, is highly desirable.
We warmly invite you to present your interpretations of Iron Age societies and the evidence that they have left behind at the third Linzer Gespräche zur interpretativen Eisenzeitarchäologie. Papers from all disciplines trying to explain the European Iron Ages, and on all topics dealing with interpretations of Iron Age contexts are welcome. (Papers in English are highly welcome!)

Please send your paper proposal (together with a ca. 500 word abstract) until 30 April 2008 to:
Jutta Leskovar
Raimund Karl

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