2018 Megaw Lecture

Flinders University Art Museum with the Department of Archaeology present:

Identity and memory: approaches to understanding the Early Celts of the First Millennium BCE

For a long time discussion concerning the early Celts has been bound up with the connections which have been observed that European Iron Age societies had with the Mediterranean cultures to the south. This general view follows an older perception of past societies and their self-awareness. But how have images from the south and the creation of images in the north altered this self-awareness and how has it produced forms of different materialised identities?

The lecture in honour of Vincent and Ruth Megaw will therefore follow some of the processes that we relate to Iron Age communities and their perception of life-worlds expressed in the daily practice of working and living, as well as in commemorating shared identities, with the help of material complexes such as art and prestigious items. Re-configuring identity and memory within these communities will be discussed as well as the reinterpretation and embedding of memories to new ideological contexts. The salt mining centre at the Dürrnberg will be one example used to understand these processes on a regional scale, while the exchange of ideas and techniques by skilled people will be another. The foreignness and exclusiveness of objects is an important clue to understanding the processes of memorizing and embedding of ideas, which led to the overall ideological concepts we see behind Early Celtic Art.

Professor Thomas Stöllner
Chair of Pre- and Protohistory, Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany and
Head, Department of Mining Archaeology, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM), Germany

Professor Thomas Stöllner holds the chair for Pre- and Protohistory at the Ruhr-University of Bochum, Germany and directs the Department of Mining Archaeology at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum (DBM), since 2014 also Head of research department at the DBM and member of the directorate of the DBM. Thomas Stöllner’s research is centred on the social and economic development of mining communities throughout pre- and protohistory with a focus on the archaeometry of mining, the archaeology of technology and societal interrelations aided by research on settlements and cemetery sites. His research spans Old World archaeology including Central and East Europe and extends to the Caucasus, the Middle East and Central Asia as well as South America. Thomas Stöllner’s fields of study also include the European Bronze Age and further aspects of Iron Age Archaeology as well as methods in archaeology. Thomas Stöllner is an ordinary member of the German Archaeological Institute, scientific board member of the Keltenmuseum Hallein and of the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, and he is part of the scientific board of the Archaeologisches Korrespondenzblatt. He has organized several renowned exhibitions e.g. Persiens Antike Pracht – Bergbau – Handwerk – Archäologie (2004/2005), Unbekanntes Kasachstan. Archäologie im Herzens Asiens (2013) and Bergauf-Bergab. 10000 Jahre Bergbau in den Ostalpen (2015). He has directed several DFG-projects and is speaker of the Leibniz-Graduate School: Raw materials, Innovations, Technology of Ancient Cultures (RITaK) and the Leibniz-Postgraduate-School “Resources in Societies” (ReSoc).

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Flinders University Victoria Square
Room 1 | Level 1
182 Victoria Square | Adelaide

Free event with limited places
RSVP essential

The Ruth and Vincent Megaw Annual lecture in Archaeology and Art was established in 2014 to honour the commitment and contributions of Emeritus Professor Vincent Megaw and his late wife Dr M Ruth Megaw to the Flinders University Archaeology department and the Flinders University Art Museum. The lecture is supported by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University.