A Landscape Archaeological Approach to Link Human Activities to Past Landscape Change in the Built-up Area of the Late Bronze Age Enclosure Corneşti-Iarcuri, Western Romania

Moritz Nykamp, Daniel Knitter, Bernhard S. Heeb, Alexandru Szentmiklosi, Rüdiger Krause, Brigitta Schütt


This study exemplifies the theoretical and methodological process of integration of disciplinary results, the joint development of new hypotheses and its interdisciplinary interpretation in the framework of landscape archaeological research. A conceptual model is introduced to visualize the integration process. The findings of two recently published studies and the archaeological state of the art regarding the largest known prehistoric enclosure in Europe – Corneşti-Iarcuri – are used as exemplary data to demonstrate the applicability of the conceptual model. The presented discussion shows how integration of disciplinary findings leads to a more holistic and more rigorous interpretation and opens the opportunity to jointly develop new hypotheses that can be integrated subsequently.


Human-environment interactions; hollow ways; interdisciplinary research; landscape archaeology; conceptual model

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