Ulrike Sommer

Ulrike Sommer
University College London | UCL · Institute of Archaeology

Dr. phil.

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The study of size and shape of ceramic fragments is a common approach used for unraveling the depositional and post-depositional history of archaeological assemblages. Similar to sediment particles, the size and shape of a potsherd are altered under conditions of abrasion, breakage, or weathering, occurring during or after deposition, which can be...
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We present the scientific analyses conducted on the ongoing excavation of the late Criș settlement at Tăşnad-‘Sere’, Satu Mare county. The excavation aims to understand the relationship between the occupation layer and sub-surface features. We seek to achieve constant feedback between the scientific analysis and the excavation, adapting our excavat...
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Viewpoint: Archaeology of Strikes and Revolution
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This article reflects on the concept of pollution as a concept and its history from an anthropological-archaeological perspective. With reference to Mary Douglas, the peculiarities of the archaeological approach to the concept are explained. The context of pollution is illuminated as an interpretative category by historical and ethnological case st...
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How do societies remember their past? And how did they do so before the age of computers, printing, writing? This book takes stock of earlier work on memory in the fields of history and the social sciences. Our collection also takes a new look at how past and present social groups have memorialized events and rendered them durable through materiali...
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p>Zeitmessung beruht auf kosmischen Ereignissen, Zeitwahrnehmung kann auch über biologische Veränderungen erfolgen. Die Kontrolle der Zeitmessung ist mit politischer und wirtschaftlicher Macht verbunden. Ob und inwieweit Zeitwahrnehmung gesellschaftlich bedingt ist (lineare vs. zyklische Zeit), ist umstritten. Zeitmessung und Zeitverlaufsvorstellun...
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The town of Tăşnad, in north-west Romania, is situated at the western end of the Tăşnad Hills which rise to a height of up to 230m above sea-level; the site ‘Sere’ is situated south-west of the town near a thermal spa on the banks of the Cehal river, a tributary of the Ier. The Cehal valley opens towards the Ier and Someş plains which form the nort...
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When I was asked to comment on Shannon Dawdy's position paper entitled ‘Millennial archaeology. Locating the discipline in the age of insecurity’ I must admit that I was, even with the give-away ‘millennium’ of the title, thinking of the current economic crisis, the ‘credit crunch’ as it is known in Britain. Shannon Dawdy seems to describe a much m...
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Starting with Paul Henri Mallets "History of Denmark" of 1755, this contribution analyses the construction of European national prehistories from the late Enlightenment to the middle of the 19th century. Mallet, as Cluverus and Pelloutier before him presented the Celts as the ancestors of most European nations. His English translator, Bishop Thomas...
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Aryan Idols: Indo-European Mythology as Ideology and Science, by Stefan Arvidsson, 2006. Chicago (IL): University of Chicago Press; ISBN 0-226-02860-7 hardback £35 & US$55; xii+354 pp., 29 figs., 17 tables - - Volume 18 Issue 2 - Ulrike Sommer
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The years after the Vienna Congress (1815) saw the first systematic attempts at an ethnic ascription of archaeological finds in the German territories. A common 'patriotic' past was seen as an incentive to create a unified German national state. In the climate of political oppression and tight censorship after the Carlsbad Decrees, an idealised pas...
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The West Dean Archaeological Project is coordinated by the Institute of Archaeology in association with the staff of the Centre for Applied Archaeology. It forms the focus for teaching Institute undergraduates in the practical skills of archaeological fieldwork through researching the changing settlement and land use of the West Dean Estate and adj...
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Since 2005/2006 West Dean College and the associated West Dean Estate in West Sussex have provided the home for practical training of Institute of Archaeology students, for both the initiation ritual of the Experimental Archaeology Course (“Prim Tech”) and for the field training courses undertaken at the end of the first year. It is also the locati...
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Stone (or lithic) tools are among the most durable types of artefacts in the archaeological record, and major phases in human cultural evolution, such as the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic, are named after them. They are clearly an important and abundant source of information to archaeologists and much can be learned from them, as outlined...
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This article examines at the scope for agency in the early Neolithic central European Linearbandkeramik culture (5600-4800 BC). It discusses whether a lack of development in certain areas of material culture should be interpreted as evidence of a stable lebenswelt (life-world), where change is simply unimaginable, or if this in contrast provides ev...
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‘All quiet on the western front’ (Härke 1991) for years on end, and now, suddenly two theoretical works out of Germany, one of them even of handbook-character – what's happening? Is the enmity towards theoretical discourse of mainstream German archaeology (Eggert and Veit 1998, 11) finally abating.
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The paper discusses the interrelation between archaeological method and regional identity using the example of Saxony, a federal state of Germany. While the role of archaeology in the nationalist and ethnic discourse has been discussed relatively intensively, little is known about the hidden or open resistance present and the subnarratives used on...
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Book description: In diesem Band, der aus einer Tagung am Tübinger Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte und Archäologie des Mittelalters im Juni 2000 hervorgegangen ist, werden in grundsätzlicher und exemplarischer Form die Möglichkeiten einer Rekonstruktion der Bedeutungsdimension archäologischer Funde diskutiert. Neben Archäologen aus unterschiedl...

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