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Lecture: The rise of the Central European Neolithic


Archaeologist Professor Eszter Bánffy has been appointed to hold this year's Felix Neubergh Lecture. The lecture will be held on October 30 at the University of Gothenburg in Vasaparken. Students, employees and interested public are welcome. The lecture is held in English.

The talk gives account on early sedentary lifeways in an area that seems to have had a key role in spreading while rephrasing the Neolithic lifeways from the Balkans to Central Europe in the 6th to the early 5th millennium cal BC.

Archaeologist Professor Eszter Bánffy"Based on new research in the south western Carpathian basin, I am giving an outline of contacts, cultural impact and migration in the South Hungarian Danube flood plain and its adjacent hills in Transdanubia." says professor Eszter Bánffy.

In order to trace back some of the cultural, social and sometimes shocking demographic changes, resilience and coping practices for over the roughly 1500 years, the newly found archaeological record is supplemented by geoarchaeological, zooarchaeological, osteological, aDNA and stable isotope analyses, a palaeopathological investigation, and precise radiocarbon dating evaluated with Bayesian statistics. Completed with some information about the divided east and west European research for four decades after WWII, the talk also gives an outlook of the topic involving completely integrated analyses of natural and social sciences – towards an archaeology of the 21st century.

Welcome to the assembly hall in the main building the University of Gothenburg, Vasaparken, Gothenburg, October 30 at 4:00 pm.

From Wikipedia
The Neolithic, also known as the "New Stone Age", the final division of the Stone Age, began about 12,000 years ago when the first development of farming appeared in the Epipalaeolithic Near East, and later in other parts of the world. The division lasted until the transitional period of the Chalcolithic from about 6,500 years ago (4500 BC), marked by the development of metallurgy, leading up to the Bronze Age and Iron Age. In Northern Europe, the Neolithic lasted until about 1700 BC, while in China it extended until 1200 BC. Other parts of the world (the New World) remained in the Neolithic stage of development until European contact.The Neolithic comprises a progression of behavioral and cultural characteristics and changes, including the use of wild and domestic crops and of domesticated animals.

Photo of Eszter Bánffy from Hungarian Academy of Sciences.