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Anthropogenic Heathlands: The Social Organization of Past Grazing Landscapes

Project description

Shaping a new cultural history of heathlands

Anthropogenic heathlands are a common cultural heritage of Europe. They emerged more than 4 000 years ago, when small-scale agropastoral communities began massive forest clearances and maintained the arising heathlands by grazing and regular burning. The EU-funded ANTHEA project will investigate how such disturbance ecologies were organised in the north European heathland regimes (3200 BC to 1000 AD). The survival of these areas suggests the existence of highly specialised forms of human-nature entanglements and social organisation. Linking landscape archaeology with social anthropology and palaeoenvironmental modelling, the project envisages a new cultural history of heathlands.

Host institution

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 457,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Denmark

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Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 457,00

Beneficiaries (1)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 457,00
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

See on map

Region
Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 1 499 457,00