The “8th century“ has been historically and archaeologically considered a sort of watershed between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The definition of the transformations in this period is a crucial issue, especially as regards continuity and change of the economic structures in the Late Antique Mediterranean world. This international interdisciplinary conference shall bring together scholars from several disciplines, including Late Antique, Islamic, Byzantine and Medieval History, Archaeology, Archaeometry, Numismatics, Philology, and Papyrology, to assess the 8th century qua threshold from different perspectives, in order to re-evaluate the problematic of this transition in terms of continuity/disruption by combining archaeological data and textual – literary as well as documentary – sources.

Wechselnde Veranstaltungsorte

Tuesday,
October 3
Wednesday,
October 4
Thursday,
October 5
Friday,
October 6
Saturday,
October 7
 18:00 – 21:00

Freie Universität Berlin
“Holzlaube”
Fabeckstraße 23-25
14195 Berlin

Room -1.2009

 09:30 – 17:30

Bode-Museum
Am Kupfergraben 3
10117 Berlin

Gobelinsaal


Evening Lecture
19:00 – 20:00

BBAW
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Einsteinsaal

 09:00 – 13:00

BBAW
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Einsteinsaal


14:30 – 20:00

Bode-Museum
Am Kupfergraben 3
10117 Berlin

Gobelinsaal

 09:00 – 13:30

BBAW
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Einsteinsaal


15:00 – 18:00

Bode-Museum
Am Kupfergraben 3
10117 Berlin

Gobelinsaal


Evening Lecture
19:00 – 20:00

BBAW
Jägerstraße 22/23
10117 Berlin

Einsteinsaal

 09:00 – 17:00

Freie Universität Berlin
“Holzlaube”
Fabeckstraße 23-25
14195 Berlin

Room -1.2009

 

Program

3.10.2017
18:00 - 19:00
Registration
19:00 - 21:00
Welcome by the organizers & Warming-up reception
4.10.2017
09:30 - 10:00
Welcome and Introduction
Cäcilia Fluck
Michael Meyer
Silvia Polla
10:00 - 10:45
An Ice Age settled upon the Roman Empire: confronting and interpreting the archaeology of a great episode in European history
Richard Hodges
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00
The 8th century in Northern Italy: a time of stagnation? An archaeological perspective
Sauro Gelichi
12:00 - 12:30
Muslim presence and economic transformations on 7th- and 8th-century Aegean islands: is there an insular model of the ‘dark centuries’?
Salvatore Cosentino
12:30 - 13:00
Sailing in the Dark: trade networks and commercial interaction between Crete and the neighboring islands during the period of transition
Natalia Poulou
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch buffet
14:00 - 14:30
In search of social and economic activities in the Cyclades islands in the 8th century
Eugenia Gerousi-Bendermacher
14:30 - 15:00
Gortyn of Crete in the 8th century: the role of the Church in the transition
Isabella Baldini
15:00 - 15:30
Out of the dark – Ephesus in the 8th century
Sabine Ladstätter
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30
When the cities do not go missing
Urbanism in Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages
Nikolas Bakirtzis
Luca Zavagno
16:30 - 17:00
Reusing Ancient Buildings as Charity Centers in 8th-century Rome
Gregor Kallas
17:00 - 17:30
The Medical Cult of SS
Abbacyrus and John in Rome: how 7th-century military and spiritual disputes affected the development of medical care in 8th-century Rome and beyond
Eileen Rubery
17:30 - 18:00
St. Nicholas sails from East to West in the 8th Century
Amelia Brown
18:00 - 19:00
Break
19:00 - 20:00
Mediterranean Politics and Connectivity in the late 7th century
Stefan Esders
5.10.2017
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome address
Martin Grötschel
09:15 - 09:45
A gentle transition? Pottery, trade and exchange in the 8th century
Joanita A. C. Vroom
09:45 - 10:30
Pottery and Mediterranean economic exchange networks under the Arabs in the 8th century: Contrasting the Levant, North Africa and Spain
Paul Reynolds
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30
The 8th-century in Africa/Ifriqiya: Archaeological perspectives
Philipp von Rummel
11:30 - 12:00
The city of Tarragona by the 8th century: new elements of discussion
Ada Lasheras Gonzáles
Francesc Rodríguez Martorell
12:00 - 13:00
POSTER SESSION I
Veronica Casali (San Marino), Silvia Donadei (Salento) Giulia Marsili & Lucia Orlandi (Bologna): The 8th century at Gortyn: pottery production and context analysis | Veronica Casali (San Marino) & Debora Pellacchia (Bologna): The 8th century at Gortyn: glass and mosaic production | Horacio Gonzalez (Wien): Byzantine amphorae in Ephesos, 7th-9th centuries. New evidences for a better understanding of the Middle Byzantine commerce
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:00
Cities and markets in transformation in the early medieval Mediterranean: ceramics and trade in Syracuse in the 8th century
Giuseppe Cacciaguerra
15:00 - 15:30
Economy and trade at Ravenna during the 8th century
Enrico Cirelli
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:30
Stone and the Church in the 8th century
The economics of sculpted products and its transformation between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Michelle Beghelli
16:30 - 17:00
Changing habits and changing scenarios: visual appearance and purchasing power as mirrored by the 8th Century Mediterranean jewellery deposits
Joan Pinar Gil
17:00 - 17:30
Illustrating an Empire: Continuity and change in Umayyad visual culture
Katharina Meinecke
18:00 - 20:00
Offer: Guided tour of the Late Antiquity / Byzantine Collection of the Bode-Museum and the Museum of Islamic Art
6.10.2017
09:00 - 09:45
Fire under the ashes: Byzantine resilience in the long 8th century
Cécile Morrisson
09:45 - 10:30
Transforming spatial economic relations in the 8th Century - the largest empire of the Late Antiquity
Stefan Heidemann
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30
Building up the Frontier: Micro-Regional and divergent settlement patterns across the 8th century on the Umayyad and Abbāsid thughūr
Alexander Asa Eger
11:30 - 12:00
Further thoughts on the kommerkiaroi, trade and the “Dark Centuries” of Byzantium
Federico Montinaro
12:00 - 13:00
POSTER SESSION II
Gabriele Castiglia (Bologna): urban and rural ecclesiastical frameworks in northern Tuscany in the 8th century | Maria Paola Bulla (Naples): The Islamic Pottery Issues in Tunisia: The Transition (7th–8th Centuries) | Clare Bycroft (Oxford): Quantifying the genetic impact of the Islamic conquest of Iberia (711 CE) | Dorotheé Sack & Martin Gussone (Berlin): Resafa-Rusafat Hisham in the 8th century. Settlement Pattern of a Caliphal residence
13:00 - 14:30
Lunch Break
14:30 - 15:00
Transforming cultural practices in 8th century domestic contexts at Kilise Tepe (Turkey)
Mark Jackson
15:00 - 15:30
An open market of Abbasid period exposed in recent excavations in Jerusalem
Dorn Ben-Ami
Yana Tchekhanovets
15:30 - 16:00
Northern Bilad al-sham in the 8th century: Changing patterns of regional orientation – the ceramic evidence
Martina Müller-Wiener
16:00 - 16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:00
The Carpathian Basin during the “Transition Period”: how the Avars integrated into the changing world between Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages
Gergeli Szenthe
17:00 - 17:30
8th-Century emporia, sceatta and Danish kingship
Morten Søvsø
17:30 - 18:00
Northern Emporia and the 8th-century world
A view from new excavations in Ribe
Søren Sindbaek
18:00 - 19:00
Break
19:00 - 20:00
Looking back at the 8th century from the 11th
Christopher Wickham
7.10.2017
09:00 - 09:45
Imperial and Regional Arabic as Mirrored in Arabic Papyri from 8th-Century Egypt
Andreas Kaplony
09:45 - 10:15
Administering Egypt: The role of Coptic within a wider imperial context
Jennifer Cromwell
10:15 - 10:45
Coptic Papyri illuminating the Economy of 8th-century Egypt
Frederic Krueger
Tonio Sebastian Richter
10:45 - 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:00
Continuity and Change in the notarial practice of Middle Egypt after the Arab conquest
Sophie Kovarik
12:00 - 12:30
Trade and Economic Life in Late Antique and Early Muslim Aswan
Stephanie Schmidt
12:30 - 13:00
Economic contacts between Syria and Egypt in the Early Islamic Period
Lajos Berkes
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch buffet
14:00 - 14:30
Papyrus, parchment and the beginning of the written memory of Western Europe
Dario Internullo
14:30 - 15:00
The power of a context: Literary distortion of economic issues
Pia Carolla
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 - 17:00
Concluding Round Table
Bernhard Palme