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The Transformation of Europe in the Third Millennium BC


Riva del Garda, Trento, Italy – Congress Center

25 – 28 October 2023


Each keynote presentation will last for 45 minutes, including any discussion afterwards

Each other presentation will last for 30 minutes and will also include any discussion


Discussions at the end of each session and at the end of the day are planned for around 30 minutes

Day 1 – Wednesday, 25 October 2023

9.00 – 9.30 Franco Nicolis & Volker Heyd: Introduction to the meeting

Session 1
Origins and Significance of the Bell Beaker phenomenon: Paradigms and Data


9.30 – 10.15 Keynote paper João Luís Cardoso: The necropolis of the Verdelha dos Ruivos cave and the genesis of the Bell Beaker Complex in Portuguese Extremadura


10.15 – 10.45 Karsten Wentink: Travelling through space and time. Burial Mounds, Stereotypes and Bell Beaker Cosmology


10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break


11.15 – 11.45 Maria de Jesus Sanches and Maria Helena Lopes Barbosa: The Bell Beaker phenomenon in Northwest Iberia: considerations concerning its chronology, archaeological contexts and pottery styles


11.45 – 12.30 Keynote paper Martin Furholt: Do Bell Beakers actually have an origin?


12.30 – 13.00 Discussion after the first session


13.00 Lunch


Session 2
Bell Beaker borderlands: interaction and transformation in the central Mediterranean


14:30 – 15.15 Keynote paper Stašo Forenbaher: The puzzle at the crossroads: Cetina style, culture and phenomenon


15.15 – 15.45 Maja Gori: Living in the borderlands without perceiving the borders: the Bell Beakers and the Balkans


15.45 – 16.15 Elisabetta Borgna and Giulio Simeoni: Maritime and Alpine impactful cultural components in the northern Adriatic at the dawn of the Early Bronze Age


16.15 – 16.45 Coffee break


16.45 – 17.15 Franco Nicolis and Elisabetta Mottes: Relations, connections, interactions, resources, human mobility: (fuzzy) Beakers in Northern Italy


17.15 – 18.00 Keynote paper Giulia Recchia: Cross-cultural encounters and transformation: overlapping spheres of interactions in the 3rd millennium BC Central Mediterranean


18.00 - 18:30 Final discussion of the day

Day 2 – Thursday, 26 October 2023

Session 3
Bell Beaker Ideology, Religion, Cosmology, Ritual and Social Practice


9.00 – 9.45 Keynote paper Marc Vander Linden: Places of shared belief, places of collective action: on the role of ideologies in the maintenance of the Bell Beaker network


9.45 – 10.15 Ralph Grossmann: Bell Beaker, Corded Ware, Schönfeld: Material links and the Reflux Theory - A Reconsideration


10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break


10.45 – 11.15 Eni Soriano: From east to west: sex/gender system in Bell Beaker elite


11.15 – 11.45 Volker Heyd: The Trinity of the Bell Beaker Phenomenon or a network of the Rising Sun?


11.45 – 12.30 Keynote paper Alfredo Mederos Martín and Thomas X. Schuhmacher: Social and ideological change with the first bell beakers in the Iberian Peninsula (2550-2400 BC)


12.30 – 13.00 Discussion after the third session


13.00 Lunch


Session 4
Bell Beaker Economies, Technology, Diets and Lifeways


14.30 – 15.15 Keynote paper Marie Besse, Jessica Ryan-Despraz, Florian Cousseau, Claudine Abegg: When craftspeople move: a social approach of the Bell Beaker societies around the Alps


15.15 – 15.45 Eve Derenne and Delia Carloni: Beakers, jars and dolmens: A history of Western Alpine societies and their constellations of practice between 3300 and 1600 BCE


15.45 – 16.15 Coffee break


16.15 – 16.45 Quentin Favrel: Beyond the standard: the organisation of Bell Beaker ceramic production


16.45 – 17.30 Keynote paper Mike Parker Pearson: Transformations and continuities in subsistence and society: Bell Beaker-users in Britain


17.30 - 18.00 Final discussion of the day


20.30 Conference Dinner in Riva del Garda

Day 3 – Friday, 27 October 2023

Session 5
Beaker Folk versus Regional Identities


9:00 – 9.45 Keynote paper Pilar Prieto Martinez: Defining levels of identity through materiality: inquiring into the North and Northwest of Iberia


9.45 – 10.15 Ana Catarina Basílio and António Valera: We don't want those pots: interpreting the Bell Beaker absence at Santa Vitória ditched enclosure (Southern Portugal)


10.15 – 10.45 Coffee break


10.45 – 11.15 Neil Carlin: Understanding Bell Beaker identities in Ireland - people, places and identities


11.15 – 12.00 Keynote paper Olivier Lemercier: Humans and Cups: an archaeological perspective


12.00 – 12.30 Discussion after the fifth session


12.30 Lunch & Poster Session


14.00 Leaving for Excursion to Fiavè Archaeological Dwelling Site, Park and Museum

Day 4 – Saturday, 28 October 2023

Session 6
Special session as link to the 2nd part of the ‘Transformation of Europe’.
Bell Beakers, Corded Wares and Steppe Ancestry


9:00 – 9.45 Keynote paper Ian Armit: A sea change? Mobility, genetics and the Beaker Complex in Britain


9.45 – 10.15 Alissa MittnikClaudio Cavazzuti et alii: Investigating the 4th-2nd millennium BCE transition in Italy


10.15 – 10.45 Coffee Break


10.45 – 11.15 Online paper Iñigo Olalde: The arrival of Steppe ancestry to the Iberian Peninsula


11.15 – 11.45 Guus Kroonen: Tracing the major Indo-European groups of Europe: Linguistic problems concerning the steppe-derived archaeological cultures of the Third Millennium BCE


11.45 – 12.30 Keynote paper Wolfgang Haak, Sandra Penske, Luka Papac, Adam Ben Rohrlach: The genomic profiles of Bell Beaker-associated individuals in central and eastern Europe


12:30 – 13.30 Overall discussion, lead by session keynote speakers (one of each session)


13.30 – 14.00 Volker Heyd & Franco Nicolis: Concluding the meeting and invitation to the second meeting in April 24-27, 2024


End of Conference

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