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Portrait Bettina Schulz Paulsson
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Whaling in the stone age – a driving force for long distance maritime journeys

Sustainability and environment
Popular science
Society and economy

In this Sea and Society Talk the archaeologist Bettina Schulz Paulsson will discuss whaling as a key component of Stone age coastal economies and the rise of long distance maritime journeys in Atlantic Europe.

15 Dec 2020
12:05 - 13:00
Zoom webinar
Registration deadline
15 December 2020

Bettina Schulz Paulsson, Department of historcal studies
Centre for Sea and Society
Registration is closed.
Portrait of Bettina Schulz Paulsson
Bettina Schulz Paulsson, archaeologist at the Department of Historical Studies.

Most of the ~35´000 still existing European megaliths, such as stones tombs, stone circles and alignments are located in coastal areasEngravings of boats and sperm whales on the earliest stone megaliths in Britain emphasize a maritime basis of these societies. New research suggest that these early builders undertook long-distance voyages enabled by skills in shipbuilding and navigation ~2000 years earlier than previously proposed.

About the lecturer

Bettina Schulz Paulsson is a researcher at Department of History, University iof Gothenburg. Earlier this year she's been awarded the ERC Starting Grant for the project Neolithic Seafaring and Maritime Technologies Shaped a New World of Megalithic Societies (4500-2500 cal BC) there she will examine the simultaneous emergence of monumental stone architecture and the rise in seafaring within communities who hunted marine wildlife in Brittany, and reveal the drivers behind this expansion, through a model of the social and economic organisation of seafaring megalithic societies. 

Read more: Prestigious grant to archaeologist for research into prehistoric megalithic societies and their seafaring

About Sea and Society Talks

Sea and Society Talks  is a lunch seminar series organized by Centre for sea and society focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals.