Farming in the Forest
Ecology and Economy of Fire in Prehistoric Agriculture
3rd International Schöntal Conference, 11-15 July 2012, Kloster Schöntal, Germany
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NEW: Detailed program see here: Program pdf

Wednesday, 11 July 2012 Arrival, registration starting at 9:00
18.00: Evening meal
Starting about 19:00: Opening lecture
Thursday, 12 July 2012 Morning session
Afternoon session
Guided tour through Schöntal abbey (at noontime or in the evening)
Friday, 13 July 2012 Morning session
Afternoon: Excursion to the experimental site Details see below
Saturday, 14 July 2012 Morning session
Afternoon session, departure
Sunday, 15 July 2012 Departure of guests with additional overnight

Two additional events will take place:

- Wednesday, 11 July, 14:00-18:00: Workshop by E. Schulz: Indicators in soil.
Human impact and regeneration.

The workshop will be based on soil/ topsoil samples from the Forchtenberg testsite
and other sites with a clear time frame and a known starting point of development.

NEW: Workshop (pdf)

- Sunday, 15 July: Excursion to the meteorite impact location Nördlinger Ries

NEW: Excursion Noerdlingen (pdf)

Excursion to the experimental site:

- The archaeologist Michael Kaiser made the stone axes and reaping knifes we used for experiments in Forchtenberg. During the excursion he will show the making of the replicas and the use of the neolithic tools, for example how to fell a tree.

- We like to show our experimental burning method on this day. Usually we burn in spring and autumn and not in the summer, but we expect that there will be a great interest to see the burning method and effects. (It won't be possible to show it in the case of heavy rainfall).

- We show some different crop cultivation methods (for example with burning, with hoeing etc.) and there will be differences in crop growing and weeds to see.

- We provide guided tours of the experimental site with explanations of what happened where during the last fourteen years (different stages of succession, the old experimental fields, second felling and cultivation etc.)

- We prepare soil profiles, some typical for the landscape as well as some of the once burned sites, and explain the properties of the soils and the changes in consequence of burning.

- On this day the participants get a lunch on the experimental site and in the evening there is a barbecue.