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Conference "Working with stones in European Pre- and Protohistory in theory and in practice" at Albersdorf (DE)

Monday, 23 September, 2013 to Friday, 27 September, 2013
Dr. Rüdiger Kelm
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
85 participants and ca. 120 visitors

This conference took place at the Bürgerhaus Albersdorf and the Stone Age Village in cooperation with the EU Project OpenArch and EXARC, the International ICOM Affiliated Organisation for archaeological open-air museums and experimental archaeology. Theme of this conference was "Working with stones in European Pre- and Protohistory in theory and in practice". On September 24 there was an international scientific conference about archaeological research and experiments; on September 25 we had a practical workshop at the Open-Air Museum, the “Stone Age Park Dithmarschen”, with demonstrations and different activities about the work with stones. On this public forum there was time and space for intensive exchange of experiences and ideas. On September 26 an excursion on the traces of landscape and settlement history at the North Sea Coast took place. As a result of this conference a proceedings-book is planned to be published.

All Powerpoint-Presentations and a few abstracts, photos and some articles about the conference you find below and in the attachements. There are also three more short reports about the conference published in German Magazines ("Antike Welt" from the 1. 11. 2013 - clik here;   "Archäologie in Deutschland" from the 4. 11. 2013 - click here; "Dithmarschen", Heft 3, 2013).


All available PowerPoints are now also available through SlideShare

Monday September 23rd - Arrival Day

Morning / afternoonfly to Airport Hamburg (bus shuttle) OR Own Arrival
19:00Dinner for OpenArch partners at the Bürgerhaus/Citizen House
Welcome drink followed by the Dinner (Meet and Greet)
21:30 - 23:00Bus-Shuttle to the Hotels

Tuesday September 24th -  Day 1
General meeting / conference (public) at the Bürgerhaus

8:00 - 9:00Bus-Shuttle from the Hotels to the Venue of the Conference
9:00 - 9:15Welcome (Heribert Heinecke, Mayor of the Municipality of Albersdorf, and Dr. Rüdiger Kelm, Stone Age Park Dithmarschen, Albersdorf)
9:15 - 9:30Welcome EXARC and/or OpenArch
9:30 - 10:00Introduction into the archaeology of Schleswig-Holstein (Dr. Ulf Ickerodt, State Service for Archaeology of Schleswig-Holstein, Schleswig) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
10:00 - 10:15Coffee
10:15 - 18:00Presentations “Stone” (including time for discussions)
10:15 - 10:45Jörn Kohlus, State Service for the National Park Wadden Sea, Tönning (Stones in the National Park Wadden Sea Schleswig-Holstein – High resolution radar satellite images as task force system in extremely active morphologic areas?) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
10:45 - 11:15Harm Paulsen, Schleswig („The first Steps and Stones“ - Some aspects from the beginning of Experimental Archaeology)
11:15 - 11:45Prof. Dr. Bruce Bradley, Archaeological Institute, University of Exeter, England (New Perspectives: The flint-knapping-skills-project and the sustainability-project) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
11:45 - 12:00Dr. Volker Arnold, Museum for Archaeology and Ecology Dithmarschen, Albersdorf (Daggers out of Stone - Experiences from the Production process). See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
12:00 - 13:00Lunch (at the Bürgerhaus)
13:00 - 13:30Dr. Sönke Hartz, Foundation Schleswig-Holstein State Museums, Schleswig (The state of research about flint-tools in northern middle Europe from palaeo- to neolithic times) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
13:30 - 14:00Prof. Dr. Berit V. Eriksen, Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, Foundation Schleswig-Holstein State Schleswig (Nordic Blade Technology Network: Explaining long term history and colonization processes based upon studies of lithic technology) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
14:00 - 14:30Wulf Hein, Archäo-Technik (The Ergersheimer Experiments – new results with LBK-stone tools) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
14:30 - 15:00Coffee
15:00 - 15:30Klaus Hirsch, Sønderjyllands Museum, Haderslev, Denmark (Rade daggers and axes. Artifacts made of Red Heligoland Flint found in Denkmark) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
15:30 - 16:00Hauke Dibbern, Institute for Pre- and Protohistory, University of Kiel (The Archaeological Research-Project “Monumentality and social differentiation in Neolithic Times in Central Europe”) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
16:00 - 16:15Coffee
16:15 - 16:45Martin Schmidt, State Museum of Lower Saxony, Hannover (Teaching and learning about ancient crafts in archeaeological open-air museums – some general remarks)
16:45 - 17:00Dr. Rüdiger Kelm, Archaeological-Ecological Centre Albersdorf (Educational work with prehistorc stone - Experiences from the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
17:00 - 17:15Werner Pfeifer, Schleswig/Albersdorf (Living Museums in Namibia – Presenting historic Culture in Africa) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
17:15 - 17:45Hein Klompmaker, Hunebedcentrum Borger, The Netherlands (Empathic Archaeology Theory and practise) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
17:30 - 18:00Bus-Shuttle from the Bürgerhaus to the Hotels
18:30 - 19:15Bus-Shuttle from the Hotels to the Bürgerhaus
19:00 Dinner at the Bürgerhaus (by invitation of the municipality of Albersdorf and of the Support society for the museum)
ca. 20:00 - 21:00Joint programme with short presentations about the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf and about recent research in the county of Dithmarschen:

Heribert Heinecke, Mayor of Albersdorf – Introduction,

Rüdiger Kelm, Stone Age Park Dithmarschen – Concept and status quo See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare

Hans-Rudolf Bork, Institute for Ecosystem-Research, University of Kiel – Recent investigations about environmental history See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare

Birte Meller and Tosca Friedrich, Archaeological Institute of the University of Hamburg – Living Experiments and Education in the Stone Age Park in Albersdorf See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare

Rolf Martens, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), section Schleswig-Holstein, Meldorf – Cooperation between archaeology and nature protection See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
22:00-24:00Bus-Shuttle from the Bürgerhaus to the Hotels

Wednesday September 25th - Day 2
Practical Part (Workshop at the Open-Air Museum)

8:45-9:30Bus-Shuttle from the Hotels to the Stone Age Park
9:30 - 10:30Guided tour through the Stone Age Park (Rüdiger Kelm)
 For OpenArch-Partners: Face-to-Face-Meetings (10.30 – 17.00, in the Stone Age Park)
10:30 - 17:00Demonstrations / Workshops (for participants of the conference and for the general public!)
Demonstrations & Workshops:
1. Bruce Bradley, Exeter
2. Wulf Hein, Dorn-Assenheim
3. Harm Paulsen, Schleswig
4. Marquardt Lund, Hamburg
5. Volker Arnold, Heide
6. Florian Kobbe, Uetze
7. Andreas Benke, Hannover
8. Manfred Pfeifer, Neustadt
9. Monia Barbieri, Modena (creation of stone moulds)
10. Erika Drews, Albersdorf (working with amber)
11. Klaus Hirsch, Haderslev / DK
12. Werner Pfeifer, Schleswig/Albersdorf
Demonstrations  & Activitities of the student group of the University of Hamburg
1. Birte Meller
2. Tosca Friedrich
3. Melanie Schwinning
4. Hella Harten-Buga
and students
Activities by the “Stone Age Group” of the Albersdorf Primary School
12:30 - 13:30Lunch in the "Stone Age Village"
 Continuing the programme of the morning
14:00Coffee at the entrance of the Park
15:30 - 17:00Dr. Roeland Paardekooper and Magdalena Zielinska, EXARC (PR & Communication for Archaeological Open-Air Museums) See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare
17:45 -  18:45Bus-Shuttle from the Hotels to the Venue of the Dinner
18:30 Joint Evening programme at the “Casino” in the Dithmarschenpark, Albersdorf (with regional specialities)
22:00 - 23:30Bus-Shuttle from the “Casino” to the Hotels

Thursday September 26th - Day 3

8:15 - 8:45Bus-Shuttle from the Hotels to the Steering Committee
9:15 - 10:00Bus-Shuttle from the Hotels to the Museum and to the Stone Age Park

9:00 - 12:00
OpenArch Steering Committee Meeting (Bürgerhaus)
- Incl. reports about the different WP´s (each about ca. 15 minutes);
- Incl. presentation of the following meeting in Kierikki (FI);
- Incl. presentation on Visit to Skansen See PowerPoint presentation on SlideShare

10:00 - 12:00
Alternative program
(for non-Steering Commitee participants) Visiting the archaeological museum of Albersdorf, guided tours to the megalithic tomb Brutkamp and other archaeological monuments in Albersdorf.
OR Continuing of the stone workshop in the Open-Air Museum
12:15 - 12:45Start of a bus-excursion (mobile seminar about landscape history, archaeology and history, with coffee on board)
12:45 - 14:00Lunch at the Kreishaus Heide (county hall)
(with welcome words by the County of Dithmarschen and by the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein; by invitation of the county)
14:00 - 18:00Bus-excursion continues
14:15  Dusendüwelswarf (battlefield from 1500)
15:00  Meldorfer Hafen (with visit of the information centre “Wattwurm” about the Wadden Sea National Park and World Heritage)
16:15 Museum Meldorf (history in the Dithmarschen-region)
17:15  Dom Meldorf (Brick-stone as building material in the marshlands)
18:30 - 22:00Joint evening program
(Guided tour and Dinner at the Brewery Marne)
22:45Arrival in Albersdorf; direct Bus-Shuttle to the Hotels

Friday September 27th - Departure Day
Transport to Hamburg Airport (Bus shuttle) OR Own departure


The Conference Participants in front of the...
The Conference Participants at the famous...
The Steering Commitee Meeting in the...
The Mayor of Albersdorf, Mr. Heribert...
The Presentation of Mrs. Birte Meller about...
Dr. Eberhard Schmidt-Elsäßer (right), The...
Working with the Amber Stone
Polishing Stones in prehistoric way
Demonstration about Stone Polishing by Mr....
Experts discussing Stone Tools
Experts discussing Stone Products in the...
Prof. Bruce Bradley from Exeter University,...
Mr. Hein Klompmaker from the Hunebedcentrum...
Heligoland Flint on the board
Discussing about prehistoric tools
Cutting Venison with Stone knifes
Practical Demonstration for Children at the...
Interested conference participants looking...
Cutting Venison with Stone Tools
A Flint Knapping Product
Mr. Harm Paulsen from Schleswig working with...
Reconstructed Stone Tools
A big stone to work with (Mr. Marquardt Lund...
Flint Knapping products (flakes)
The diversity of Flint Products