“A River runs through it”. The Danube and the Archaeology of Europe

Modul B07b / 332
CP: 2+1

Jana Skundric-Rummel, MA

Zeit und Ort: 01.06.2018, 15:30-18:00.

1. Treffen: 09.04.2018, 10:30-12:00,
Seminarraum Klassische Archäologie

Like a giant water highway, the second largest river of Europe, the Danube, runs nearly 3000 km across the land. In the past as today, it connected diverse regions and cultures from its source in modern Germany to its confluence with the Black Sea in what are now Romania and Ukraine. As such, it offered enormous economic and strategic potential. In this seminar, we will look at the entire course of a single river and try to see how it created a perfect setting for the rise of prehistoric culture; steered the movements and migrations; attracted ancient kingdoms and empires that created some of the large ancient urban hubs on the banks of Danube or triggered amazing engineering endeavors. We will try to see how one river, its geographic setting, its dynamic past and archaeological remains form a joint cultural heritage of Europe today.