Roots of Routes
Mobility and Networks between the Past and the Future
Imprint: Sidestone Press
122 Pages, 8.27 x 6.7 in, 82 full color / 10 b&w
- September 2023
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In this booklet – the second in the booklet series of the Cluster of Excellence ROOTS at Kiel University – we uncover the roots of these routes: From the earliest stages of the Stone Age to the present day, there have been well-defined routes, which enabled the exchange of things, practices and knowledge between people. Many of these ancient routes are not only still visible today, but even continue to operate: from the Silk Roads spanning the continents to the local routes of the Ox Trail in Schleswig-Holstein, from the waterways of Mesopotamia and the river worlds of the forest zone to the spiritual routes of philosophical contemplation. Moreover, isolation and disruptions of formerly established routes, for example in the Viking diaspora, have also proven to be directional for cultural developments. In a kaleidoscope of perspectives, the roles of landscape and climate are examined. Special attention is given to those routes along which objects, rituals, and therefore also cultural practices were transported. Religious rituals, knowledge, even philosophical insights are shown to have their roots in movement along routes.
These and the many other topics in this booklet illustrate to what extent the development of human societies is determined by the routes through which they are connected – or not connected. Modern narratives of a limitless, openly accessible world, grounded in an urban-industrialised experience (or agenda), can get cracks if we look deep enough into the past. It is the paths, the very concrete connections in a material as well as a spiritual sense that influence human lives, their existence and their development. Communication and dialogue along the routes and networks must be maintained, as they were and are the guarantors for a good coexistence of humans in this world.
Chapter 1: The ROOTS of Routes – Framing Connections in (Pre-)History
Introduction: A Deep History of Routes Connecting People, Places, and Ideas
Henny Piezonka, Lutz Käppel, Andrea Ricci
Globalisation? What Globalisation?
Chapter 2: How to Choose a Route?
Routes in the Landscape – Ecological and Social Conditions for the Exchange of Goods, Ideas and People in the Past
Entangled Mobilities – The Interconnection of Human Routes and Animal Movement
Henny Piezonka and Karolina Varkuleviciute
Chapter 3: How Far Back Do Our Routes Go?
Sunken Pathways in the North Sea – Tracking Late Palaeolithic Reindeer Hunters off the Coast of Heligoland
Berit Valentin Eriksen and Wolfgang Rabbel
Rooting the Silk Road
Johanna Hilpert and Jutta Kneisel
On the Road Again: Travelling through Jutland – The Ox Trail, a Millennia-old Road
Jutta Kneisel, Bente Majchczack, Franziska Engelbogen, Anna K. Loy, Oliver Nakoinz
Walking on Ancient Paths – Are We Still Using Celtic Trails?
Connection Breakdown – Three Vikings Abroad
Jens Schneeweiß and Henny Piezonka
Chapter 4: Routes of Things and Technologies
Cattle and Wagons – The First “Wild West” in Europe? The Wheel Innovation in the Baltic-Pontic Region 3500-2500 BCE
Trackways across the Bog
Road to Riches – Amber Routes in Bronze Age Europe
Benjamin Serbe and Khurram Saleem
Khurram Saleem and Benjamin Serbe
The Power of Water – Water Connectivities in Mesopotamia
How Did Buddha Come to Sweden?
Chapter 5: Routes of Rituals and Knowledge
At the End of the Road – What Graves Tell Us about Networks and Contacts in Prehistory
Fynn Wilkes and Henry Skorna
Mermaids, Faces, Houses and Birds – Symbols of Connectivity
Theoria – The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary as a Journey to Knowledge or What the Modern Concept of “Theory” Has to Do with a Religious Practice in Ancient Greece
Pathways between the Worlds – The Sacred Ecology of River Routes
Chapter 6: Conclusions and Outlook
Along the Way: A Look Back Ahead
Lutz Käppel, Henny Piezonka, Andrea Ricci
Map of Project Locations
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