Conferences

The Dark Age of the Lowlands: end symposium
September 26th 2019, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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We would like to draw your attention to the final symposium of the NWO-project: The Dark Age of the Lowlands in an interdisciplinary light: people, landscape and climate in the Netherlands between AD 300 and 1000. This interdisciplinary symposium will be held on Thursday 26th of September in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The main objective of this symposium is to provide an overview of the current state of research and knowledge of the Dark Age Period and to showcase the results of the research project.

The proceedings of this symposium will be published in a special issue of the Netherlands Journal of Geosciences. The symposium and special issue will include contributions from archeological, historical, geomorphological, vegetation, and climate research, all focusing on the first millennium AD and human – landscape interactions.

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The Dark Age of the Lowlands: symposium and invited workshops
October 13th 2015, Regentenzaal, Utrecht, The Netherlands

On October 13th 2015 the third annual meeting of The Dark Age of the Lowlands in an interdisciplinary light project was held at the Regentenzaal in Utrecht. These meetings are intended to communicate results of the project and to receive feedback from a wide range of specialists from various disciplines; archaeologists, historians, palaeobotanists and physical geographers. During the morning session, three invited speakers presented their research; Dana Riechelmann (Mainz University) gave a review of climate proxy records from North-western Europe, Willem van der Bilt (Bergen University) presented a new climate record from Svalbard and Marieke van Dinter (Utrecht University) demonstrated her new results of the palaeogeographical development of the river Rhine around Utrecht. Then, the three PhD students in the project (Rowin van Lanen, Harm Jan Pierik, Marjolein Gouw-Bouman) presented their newest results on modelling route networks and persistence, landscape reconstructions and vegetation reconstructions for the Late Roman Period and the Early Middle Ages respectively. The afternoon session consisted of two workshops one on the landscape reconstructions and another on vegetation reconstructions in which the invitees were asked to their feedback both on the compiled maps and the followed methodology. This resulted in lively discussions and useful suggestions for the continued  research within the project.

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Top: presentations during the symposium
Bottom: Leo Tebbens during the workshop ‘palaeogeographical maps’ and Timme Donders during the workshop ‘vegetation reconstructions’.

Symposium programme

Participants

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The Dark Age of the Lowlands: first results and wider context
October 28th 2014, RCE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Symposium programme

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Kick-off symposium Dark Ages of the Lowlands
September 19th 2013, RCE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Symposium programme

Participants

Impression of the workshops

Impression of the workshops

Upper right: workshop vegetation and climate change during the ‘Dark Ages’
Lower left: workshop cultural and environmental transitions during the ‘Dark Ages’
Upper left: workshop cultural and environmental transitions – Marieke van Dinter
Lower right: workshop vegetation and climate change – Wim Hoek and Hans Middelkoop