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.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-STG - Starting Grant
8000 Aarhus C
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