Bronze Age research: Past, present and future
This year's Nordic Bronze Age Symposium in Oslo represents the conference's 40th anniversary. Through the years papers presenting contrasting approaches to Bronze Age research have been presented: Spectacular finds, meticulous empirical studies, methodological breakthroughs, theoretical queries and ground breaking interpretations.
An important result of the Symposium is that different schools of archaeological thought from the whole Nordic region have met and energetically discussed the Bronze Age. Bronze Age research - and the Nordic Symposium - has served as a vanguard for archaeological research, the list is long: social theory, semiotics, dating, excavation method, ritual, landscape, domestic space, warfare, gender, technology, art, symbolism, interaction, exchange and migration - to mention some. A 40th anniversary is an opportunity to take stock of the past, sum up the present and think about the future. This session invites papers on the historiography, history of ideas and theoretical perspective of Bronze Age research.
Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters