Metal Ages in Europe / / Âges des métaux en Europe

The scientific commission « Metal Ages in Europe » is part of the UISPP theme "Archaeology and Society" (specific periods, diachronic themes, regional peculiarities), and its objectives are the exchange of information between scholars of all institutions working on the Bronze and Iron Ages in Europe. From a geographical point of view, the whole territory of Europe is concerned, from the Mediterranean Sea to Scandinavia and from Ireland to European Russia. From a chronological point of view, the central focus is on the last two millennia BC, but earlier aspects in the 3rd millennium or more recent times (but still Protohistoric) can be considered as part of the commission’s time focus. Finally, concerning the themes that will be addressed will concern all aspects of Bronze and Iron Age research including chronology, material culture, settlements, burials, landscapes, techniques, technology, etc. The only limitation of the commission would be the overlap of certain areas of research with other commissions, as e.g. Mortuary Practices in Prehistory and Protohistory or the commission dedicated to the history of research, theories and methods, etc. This however doesn’t exclude cooperation between commissions on the contrary any form of scientific partnership will be strongly encouraged. The commission aims to organise/support at least one scientific meeting per year focusing on a transversal theme that addresses current topics in Metal Ages research in Europe.

La commission scientifique « Âges des métaux en Europe» entre dans le thème "Archéologie et Société" (périodes spécifiques, thèmes diachroniques, particularités régionales) de l’UISPP et a pour objectif scientifique l’échange d’informations entre chercheurs de toute institution engagés dans la recherche sur l'âge du Bronze et l'âge du Fer sur l'Europe. D’un point de vue géographique, l’ensemble de l’Europe est prise en considération, depuis la Méditerranée à la Scandinavie et de l’Irlande à la Russie européenne. D’un point de vue chronologique, ce sont surtout les deux derniers millénaires av. J.-C. qui forment le noyau central, mais tant les antécédents au 3e millénaire que les périodes plus tardives, mais antérieures à l’histoire, entrent dans le sujet de la commission. En ce qui concerne les thèmes, l’ensemble de la recherche en âge du Bronze et âge du Fer entrerait en considération : chronologie, culture matérielle, habitats, nécropoles, paysages, techniques et technologie, etc. La seule considération qui limiterait le champ de la commission est celle du double emploi avec d’autres commissions (Pratiques funéraires en pré- et protohistoire ou celles consacrées à l’histoire de la recherche, à la théorie et les méthodes, etc). Néanmoins, les collaborations avec d'autres commissions seront fortement encouragées. La commission vise à organiser et/ou parrainer au moins une manifestation scientifique par an sur un thème transversal qui concernera les âges des Métaux en Europe.

PRESIDENT : Dirk BRANDHERM, Queen's University Belfast, SECRETARY: Davide DELFINO, Instituto Terra e Memória, Institut Politechique de Tomar, VICE PRESIDENT: Luís BERROCAL RANGEL, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid,

How to apply to become a member of the commission?

To apply to become a member of the commission please contact directly by email either Dirk Brandherm, Luís Berrocal Rangel or Davide Delfino.

Comment devenir membre de la commission?

Pour devenir membre de la commission, merci de contacter Dirk Brandherm, Luís Berrocal Rangel ou Davide Delfino directement par mail.


Report of the commission June 5th, 2018


International conference Where are you going? Reconsidering Migrations in the Metal Ages 9–10 November 2019 - University of Edinburgh

We want to motivate researchers to present innovative ideas on the topic that go beyond identifying single individuals as non-local (on the basis of material culture or scientific analysis) and aim for a more comprehensive understanding by zooming in and out of the evidence and by integrating all possible kinds of sources. We also appreciate papers which focus on more theoretical aspects, and papers which try to integrate archaeologies of the senses or anthropological approaches to human mobility in the past.

To submit a proposal for either a paper or poster, please send a c. 150-200 word abstract by 31st January 2019 with your name and affiliation to:

Call for Papers and Posters in English - Appel à communications orales et posters en français

International conference "Fortifications of the Metal Ages in Europe: Defensive, Symbolic and Territorial Aspects" 10-12 November 2017 - Sociedade Martins Sarmento, Rua Paio Galvão, Guimarães (Portugal)

10th-12th November 2017, was held in the Sociedade Martins Sarmento in Guimarães (Portugal) the Scientific Colloquium of the Scientific Commission “Metal Ages in Europe”. The theme of the Symposium was "Fortifications in the Metals Ages in Europe. Defensive, symbolic and territorial aspects ". There were 26 oral communications, by 55 colleagues from 7 European countries, with 33 colleagues presents in the room. First day the sessions have been about the theory on enclousures and walled settlements and the Chalcolithc and the Bronze Age; second day it was the time of Early and Late Iron Age, and in the evening after a musical exhibition, the closure conference by prof. Gonçalo Ruiz Zapatero; third day It was dedicated to trip day, in the hill forts of Castro do Sabroso and Citânha de Briteiros, and in the Museum of “Castros” Culture. Proceeding of the Colloquium will be published in Archaeopress in 2018. Aknowledgements to Sociedade Martins Sarmento, which he co-organized the Colloquium, to Municipality of Guimarães, to University of Edimburg, to Centre of Geociences of University of Coimbra, to University of Minho and to Instituto Terra e Memória