Early Concepts of Humans and Nature: Universal, Specific, Interchanged

The Research Training Group (RTG) 1876 is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The participating disciplines are  Pre- and Protohistorical Archaeology (Pleistocene Archaeology), Egyptology, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Archaeology, Classical Philology, Classical Archaeology, Medieval German Studies and Byzantine Studies.

The RTG is interested in establishing where and when similar beliefs and concepts originated, whether this happened independently, or if such concepts were transmitted or even exchanged between early cultures, and in how, and why they then changed over time. The time span of the RTG extends from the dawn of history (ca. 100.000 years B.C.E.) to the Middle Ages within an area that comprises the ancient Near East, the Mediterranean, and Europe.

News from the RTG:

09.05.2022: Exhibition beZAUBERnde ORTE

From 14.06.2022 to 29.07.2022 the exhibition "beZAUBERnde ORTE - Naturbegegnungen in vormodernen Gesellschaften" of the RTG 1876 will be on display at the Schule des Sehens at the Johannes Gutenberg University.

21.04.2022: Dissertation "Concepts of non-indigenous animals in ancient Egypt" published!

The Dissertation "Concepts of non-indigenous animals in ancient Egypt" of Imke Fleuren is published. More information here.

11.04.2022: Lecture: Dr. Anna Perdibon - "A tree growing at the mouth of the two rivers. Reflections on animism, materiality and sacred landscape in ancient Mesopotamian religion"

The Research Training Group 1876 invites to the lecture of Dr. Anna Perdibon (Venice) on the topic "A tree growing at the mouth of the two rivers. Reflections on animism, materiality and sacred landscape in ancient Mesopotamian religion" on April 26, 2022 at 4 p.m.. The lecture will take place digitally.

10.03.2022: Dissertation "Im Naturraum. Poetologische Untersuchungen über mittelhochdeutsche Erzähltexte 1270-1320" published!

The Dissertation "Im Naturraum. Poetologische Untersuchungen über mittelhochdeutsche Erzähltexte 1270-1320" of Mirna Kjorveziroska is published. More information here.