Thursday, September 14, 2023

"What Does This Have to Do with Archaeology?": Essays on the Occasion of the 65th Birthday of Reinhard Bernbeck

Editorial Collective

“What Does This Have to Do with Archaeology?” is a collection of essays published on the occasion of Reinhard Bernbeck’s 65th birthday. The distinguished archaeologist Reinhard Bernbeck from the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin is an internationally highly esteemed colleague. This commemorative volume (Festschrift) reflects his great influence on many different areas of archaeological research from the Neolithic in Central Asia to contemporary archaeology in Europe.

The essays are written by an international circle of colleagues who contributed scientific papers, photographs, and personal memories of joint research and scientific exchange with Reinhard Bernbeck. The book covers a wide range of subjects, from analytical discussions on ethnology, spatial theory, and digital archaeology to more practical considerations of research practices related to fieldwork, data management, and alternative modes of archaeological writing. Case studies provide insights into new investigations and re-interpretations of ancient material culture of Southwest and Central Asia. Other contributions address the political use of archaeology in the present, as well as the heritage management and the study of the most recent past.

Paperback ISBN: 9789464261882 | Hardback ISBN: 9789464261899 | Imprint: Sidestone Press | Format: 210x280mm | 458 pp. | Language: English | 59 illus. (bw) | 99 illus. (fc) | Keywords: Near Eastern archaeology; Southwest Asia; Central Asia; prehistory; archaeology of modernity; neolithic | download cover | DOI: 10.59641/c2g2395e

Preface Editorial Collective/Herausgeber*innenkollektiv

List of Publications by Reinhard Bernbeck

Anecdotes – Reflections

Susanne Kerner: The Early Years: How Did Reinhard Bernbeck Become the Archaeologist He Is Today?

Elliott Shore and Maria Sturm: Alle Menschen sind Ausländer

Jason Kennedy, Sepideh Saeedi, and Maresi Starzmann: A Picture of Praxis

Vera Egbers, Jana Eger, and Nolwen Rol: How Reinhard Bernbeck Taught Us Excavating – A Photo Essay from Monjukli Depe

Philipp Tollkühn: Über den Wert des Reflektierens: Drei prägende Erfahrungen

Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies

Stefan Burmeister: Indogermanische Männerbünde – für Frauen kein schöner Land

Mette Bangsborg Thuesen and Georg Cyrus: A Feminist Approach to Spatial Theory – Identifying Gendered Spaces in the Neo-Assyrian and Sasanian Empires

Sebastian Hageneuer: What Is a Digital Archaeologist?

Svend Hansen: Bronisław Malinowski, Marcel Mauss und die Entdeckung der Gabe. Ein Gesellschaftsvertrag vor dem Staat

Zeidan A. Kafafi: Archaeological Excavations: An Example from Jordan

Hana Kubelková and Petr Pajdla: Publishing Archaeological Data: Pitfalls and Challenges

Jan Johannes Miera: Diachrone Siedlungsarchäologie in Deutschland: Methodische Probleme und Potenziale

Moslem Mishmastnehi: Simple Sherds, Complex Problem

Birgül Öğüt, Benjamin Irvine, Ricarda Braun, and Carolin Jauß: Betwixt the Chairs – Some Thoughts and Case Studies Reflecting on Experiences of Cooperation between Archaeology and the Natural Sciences

Sarvenaz Parsa: Fire Temple Closing Methods: Application of Lefebvre’s Theory to the Zoroastrian Architecture of Ancient Persia

Lea Rees: Spaces of Possibilities. Negotiating Space at Dahshur, Egypt

Sabine Reinhold: Remarks on Analogy in Archaeology – And Why They Still Matter

Stefan Schreiber: Die Verdammten dieser Erde. Gedanken zu einer emanzipatorischen Archäologie

Maresi Starzmann: Research as Participatory Practice

Ruth M. Van Dyke: Pueblo Bonito: An Archaeological Nouveau Roman

Current Research in Southwest Asian Archaeology

Dominik Bonatz: Picturing Abundance: An Early Iron Age Stamp Seal from Tell Ushayer in Jordan

Sarah K. Costello: Jeton düştü: Symbolic Storage in the Halaf Period

Ilia Heit: Children in Ruins: Abandoned Houses as Children’s Places at Aeneolithic Monjukli Depe (SW Turkmenistan)

Morteza Hessari and Hassan Akbari: Tappeh Shoghali. A Northern Variant of the Sialk III Culture Horizons: Classification and Typology of the Pottery from the 2006 Excavation Campaign

Jason R. Kennedy: Exploring Communal Meals as Resistance to Authority in the Late Chalcolithic 3 Period of Northern Mesopotamia

Aydogdy Kurbanov: The Late Antique Dehistan

Takehiro Miki: Reconsidering the Gap in Neolithic Fars: Reanalysis of Pottery from the TMB (Tall-e Mushki B) Pit at Tall-e Mushki

Judith Thomalsky: Co-Habitation? Death and Life at Hajji Firuz, NW-Iran

Archaeology of Modernity

Maria Bianca D’Anna and Pamela Fragnoli: A Walk to the Narrenturm in Vienna. Remarks on the Heritagization of Psychiatric Institutions

Stefan R. Hauser: “Erbaut in den Kriegsjahren 1914 – 1915 – 1916 – 1917”: Archaeologists in World War I

Barbara Hausmair: “Fenced Ambiguity”. Is Underground Barbed Wire in Former Nazi Camps an Indicator for the Presence of Soviet Prisoners-of-War?

Barbara Helwing: Excavating the Dead: Contemplating Practices in Archaeological Research

Thomas Kersting: Is There Such a Thing as “Jewish Finds” in Modern Times Archaeology in Brandenburg? And If Not, Why?

Randall McGuire: Can Archaeology Slow Down Fast Capitalism?

Michael Meyer: Archäologie und Öffentlichkeit im Nationalsozialismus – zwei Miszellen

Kathrin Misterek: „… eine gute und erfolgreiche Basis zu Verhandlungen für die Gewinnung neuer Aufträge beim Beginn des Wiederaufbaus der deutschen Luftfahrtindustrie im Jahre 1955“. Kontinuitäten in der Industrie am Beispiel von Fritz Feilcke, Direktor des Kampfflugzeugwerkes Tempelhof 1940–1945

Maryam Naeimi and Fabian Sarga: Archaeology of Fear, Bond and Trade – Addressing the “Other” through Funerary Inscriptions in Armenian Cemeteries in Markazi Province, Iran

Sepideh Saeedi: A Perspective on Decolonizing Archaeological Theory and Practice

Julia Schönicke: Capitalizing Ruins or Ruins of Capitalism – Göbekli Tepe and the Impact of Excavations in the Anthropocene

Claudia Theune: Future Research Perspectives on Internment Camps


Susan Pollock: The Ears of the State


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