Reuniones Científicas en el MARQ
16 and 17 November 2017
MARQ - Alicante (Spain)

Architectural reconstruction of the rondel of Goseck, Neolithic, about 4880 BC <br/> (©State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, Juraj Lipták).

View of a Bronze Age dwelling. Cabezo Redondo (Villena - Alicante) (c.1500 B.C.). Photo: Mauro S. Hernández
Idolos fontanal
Idols and bone objects from Neolithic and Copper Age burial caves. El Fontanal and La Barcella (Alicante). Photo: Marq
burial mount Leubingen

The central burial grave goods of the Leubingen burial mound, Bronze Age, 1942 BC”
(©State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, Juraj Lipták).


Reconstruction painting of the rondel of Goseck, Neolithic, about 4880 BC
(©State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, Karol Schauer).



05-multiple burial Salzmuende

Multiple burial of the Salzmünde Culture, Neolithic, about 3300 BC
(©State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt) 

Montaje enterramientos
Tomb 21 of La Bastida (Totana - Murcia). Bronze Age. Photo: ASOME-UAB
silo de Terlinques
Storage silo of Terlinques (Villena-Alicante). Bronze Age. (c.2000 BC). Photo: F.J. Jover. Alicante University
Piezas arqueológicas La-Almoloya
Grave goods of the tomb 38 of La Almoloya (Pliego, Murcia). Bronze Age (c.1600 BC). Photo: ASOME-UAB
Yacimiento de La-Almoloya
Virtual recreation of the Meeting Room of La Almoloya. Bronze Age. Photo:ASOME-UAB
Tumba en el yacimiento de La-Almoloya
Tomb 38 of La Almoloya (Pliego, Murcia). Bronze Age. ASOME-UAB

Organized by


During the last years, a profound shift in the understanding of European prehistory is taking place whose scientific dimensions we only begin to grasp.

The hoard of the Sky Disk of Nebra, Bronze Age, about 1600 v. Chr.
(©State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt, Juraj Lipták)

With the newest research perspectives, we are gaining a much better insight into the emergence of complex social structures, the changing role of violence in prehistory and the rise of the first States on the European continent. These results are challenging all previous models and rise completely different issues and research questions than hitherto thought of. Leading in this discussion is the archaeology of Central Germany and southeastern Spain, given that here systematic, large scale excavations in funerary sites as well as in settlements are taking place in combination with specifically designed interdisciplinary and particularly bio-archaeological research programs. Both regions are providing increasing evidence on the development of extensive settlement structures and the related economic changes towards the end of the Neolithic and in the Chalcolithic.

Defensive architecture, violent destructions and migratory movements seem to have been much more relevant in this trajectory than so far imagined. Both regions saw the rise of what appears to be the most hierarchical societies on the European continent, after experiencing a deep social and demographic crisis around 2200 BCE. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that El Argar in the western Mediterranean and Unetice in central Europe reached a degree of social and economic complexity, which probably required for the first time State or State-like institutions. However, these political systems cannot be explained in the light of the Eastern Mediterranean or Near Eastern societies but rather represent a independent development of surplus economies and class societies which was specific to European history, till the rise of the Roman empire and even beyond in the northern part of the continent. 

Gold pieces of the hoard of Cabezo Redondo (Villena, Alicante). Bronze Age. Photo: Mauro S. Hernández Pérez

Given the confluence of similar research perspectives and of the methodological challenges in the research teams working in both areas, the organisation of a joint workshop is proposed in order to, first, test the heuristic potential of the applied research methodologies and, second, discuss and improve different interpretive proposals. Given the immediacy of the implied archaeological and bio-archaeological discoveries,

so far, most results have been discussed at a local or national level, but remain largely unknown to a wider audience. The language barrier represents an additional hurdle, which will be overcome through mutual collaboration and exchange of information. Finally, the publication resulting out of the bilateral conference would set a fundamental academic cornerstone for the future of European archaeology and would offer insight into the changing perspectives in Europe’s later prehistory to the international public. 

November 16-17, 2017

Archaeological Museum of Alicante



The Conference will be held on 16 and 17 November 2017.
The programme is subject to changes, refer to the website for updates.