Frank Falkenstein

Frank Falkenstein
University of Wuerzburg | JMU · Department of Ancient Studies

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The ›mega-site‹ of Valencina de la Concepción extends along the northeast border of the Aljarafe Plateau, 6 km to the west of modern-day Seville in the south of Spain. During prehistoric times it was located next to an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, which covered most of the estuary of the Guadalquivir River. By means of geomagnetic survey of a surfa...
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La segunda campaña de excavación durante 2018 en el sector norte del yacimiento de Valencina de la Concepción ha documentado cuatro cabañas calcolíticas de planta oval, semi-excavadas en el subsuelo, que debían tener paredes de adobes, de las cuales, la de mayores dimensiones, UC 447/448, tiene 6 m de longitud por 3 m de ancho. Por otra parte, se s...
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In 2017, excavations of the Valencina Nord Project began in the northern sector of this large mega-site of ca. 200 ha during the Middle Chalcolithic. In the first campaign, geophysical survey at the NW sector, in direction of the Los Pozos ravine was prioritized, and it is possible to propose that three of the ditch systems identified in 2014 co...
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En 2017 comenzaron las excavaciones del Proyecto Valencina Nord en el sector septentrional de este gran poblado de ca. 200 ha durante el Calcolítico Medio. En la primera campaña se priorizó la prospección geofísica en el sector noroeste, en dirección hacia el barranco de Los Pozos, pudiéndose proponer que tres de los sistemas de fosos identificados...
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Sinkholes in the karstified Middle Keuper gypsum of Middle Franconia, Germany reveal numerous archeological findings and contain unique pedosedimentary records of landscape development and human-environment interaction during the Holocene. Mudstone-derived high clay contents result in a unique set of sedimentary and pedogenic properties of these ar...
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The ›mega-site‹ of Valencina de la Concepción extends throughout the northeast limit of the Aljarafe Plateau, 6 km to the West of modern day Seville in the South of Spain. During prehistoric times it was located next to an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, which covered most of the estuary of the Guadalquivir River. After a series of archaeological surv...
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The existence or non-existence of domestic structures at the diched chalcolithic mega-site of Valencina de la Concepción (Seville, Spain) has been a long debated issue among researchers dedicated to the study of the societies and cultures that inhabited the Iberian Peninsula throughout the 3rd millennium B.C. In this paper we present some of result...
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Along the Upper Triassic (Keuper)-cuesta escarpment of the Steigerwald several hill-top settlements can be found. One of those settlements is situated on the plateau of the Bullenheimer Berg, an escarpment outlier located 13 kilometers south-east of the so-called Main-Triangle. For several years archeological excavations have been executed here, wh...
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Im vorliegenden Artikel werden die Ergebnisse einer Prospektionskampagne 2014 im vermuteten Siedlungsbereich der Fundstätte von Valencina de la Concepción vorgestellt, die sich 6 km westlich der heutigen Stadt Sevilla in Südspanien befindet. Insbesondere auf zwei benachbarten Parzellen im nördlichen Bereich von Valencina wurden eine Magnetometerpro...
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About the characterisation and the origin of central European ”High-magnesium glass”
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En el presente artículo presentamos los resultados de una primera campaña de prospección en el supuesto área poblacional del yacimiento de Valencina de la Concepción, que se encuentra 6 km al Oeste de la actual ciudad de Sevilla. En concreto efectuamos una prospección geo-magnética, una recogida de material en superficie y perforaciones manuales de...
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Ressourcen und Rohstoff e in der Bronzezeit Nutzung – Distribution – Kontrolle Beiträge zur Sitzung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bronzezeit auf der Jahrestagung des Mittel-und Ostdeutschen Verbandes für Altertumsforschung in Brandenburg an der Havel, 16. bis 17. April 2012 Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpfl ege und Archäologisches Landesmuseum W...
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The aim of this interdisciplinary project between Physical Geography and the chair for Pre- and Protohistoric Archeology is the reconstruction of the human-environment-interaction in the pre-historic settlement clusters of the “Windsheimer Bucht”. The investigated time span coincides with the cultural epochs from Early Neolithic to Pre-Roman Iron Ages. Opposed to the adjacent old settlement areas with soils developed in loess (Luvisols), the research area is marginally located, exhibits heavy clayey soils (Vertisols and Vertic soils), and is therefore considered as unfavorable for land-use practices of early settlers, as from the Linear Pottery Culture. However, signs for human settlement, archeological artefacts, as well as human impact on the environment are unexpectedly intensive. As a local peculiarity, gypsum of the Keuper (late Middle to Upper Triassic) forms the bedrock of the research area, which is intensively karstified. Due to this situation, geomorphological landforms such as subsidence sinkholes function as sedimentary traps and therefore, contain well-stratified soil sediments. Studies in these exceptional terrestrial archives combined with adjacent archeological sites as well as embedded archeological records have great potential in order to link the intensity of human impact to the environment and landscape formation. The project concept integrates soil geographical / geoarcheological and archeological investigations. Research focuses on the settlement history of the area of the “Windsheimer Bucht” and in detail, on the type and intensity of land-use. Furthermore, the studies focus on the function and relevance of sinkholes for human activity. Soil geographical studies aim to reconstruct the natural state of the environment; in particular, we reconstruct soil type, properties, and quality before the onset of the human activity. On the base of the obtained knowledge on the environmental situation before the human occupation took place, the change of soils and landscape in form of gradual as well as abrupt transformation is in the center of our interest. Moreover, the identification of natural attractors for human occupation of a periphery region forms an essential objective of the studies. The primary goal of our research team is the synchronization of the archeological record of c. 5 to 10 ka settling activity with the pedosedimentary information. Project partners: Prof. Dr. Frank Falkenstein & Rita Beigel Institute for Antiquity Studies, Chair for Pre- and Protohistoric Archeology, Chair for Pre- and Protohistoric Archeology, Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg, Residenzplatz 2, Tor A, D-97070 Würzburg, GERMANY Prof. Dr. Birgit Terhorst, Simon Meyer-Heintze & Dr. Martin Krech Institute for Geography und Geology, Physical Geography, Julius-Maximilian-University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, GERMANY Associated project partners: Martin Nadler & Felix Wagner Bavarian State Office for Heritage Management, Department Nuremberg, Burg 4, D-90403 Nuremberg, GERMANY The cooperative projects are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). [Original title: "Prähistorische Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen im Gipskarst der Windsheimer Bucht, Nordbayern - Dolinen als Archive für Siedlungs- und Landschaftsentwicklung"]
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Letzlich sollen mittels Survey und Grabungen Ausdehnung und Struktur vorgeschichtlicher Siedlungsflächen erkundet, die mehrphasigen kupferzeitlichen Erdwerke und Siedlungsareale untersucht, datiert und ihr Siedlungsablauf rekonstruiert werden. Durch die intensive Einbeziehung naturwissenschaftlicher Methoden sollen insbesondere die räumlichen, zeitlichen, funktionalen und wirtschaftlichen Aspekte der kupferzeitlichen Siedlung erforscht werden. Hierbei sollen Fragen nach der Kulturabfolge und Siedlungsdynamik, der Siedlungsdichte und -struktur, nach der Rohstoffversorgung, der handwerklichen Produktion und den Fernbeziehungen sowie letztlich der gesellschaftlichen Organisation der Mega-Siedlung beantwortet werden.