Approaching archaeology between art and agriculture
(German Art Forum)
Paper short abstract:
As a pluralist practitioner, my work has developed from several strands of research, primarily focusing on tracing the material conditions which shaped all subsequent social and spiritual aspects of prehistoric civilizations and comparable societies of later periods.
Paper long abstract:
Having experienced within my scientific career various developments I came to understand that in the end most of these were of rather crucial significance. Since my early years of fieldwork took place in the last restricted tribal regions of Oceania then greatly still on stone age level these were of rather anthropological than archaeological character. Owing to the complete lack of any travel or research grants I had to depend on my own financial opportunities which were lecturing arts & crafts in the first and only local teachers trainings college there at this time and later by running an experimental tea cultivation project in the remote New Guinean highlands. Due to my rural background my following museological activities concentrated on the prehistory of the earliest civilizations of agriculturists and their technologies within their material, ecological and economical conditions. Besides of related topics of agrarian history most of my publications still dealt with results of my Melanesian fieldwork which also had a distinct impact on various international projects based on experimental archaeology. In recent years I was occupied with several new excavations and the re-study of my previous fieldwork as well as by corresponding prospecting work in eastern Central Europe and the organising of new research campaigns in Papua-New Guinea.
Pluralist practices: archaeology is nothing, archaeology is everything