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Set in Stone - A retrospective impact assessment of human and environmental resource usage in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Monumental Architecture, Greece

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Project "SETinSTONE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RAPENBURG 70
city: LEIDEN
postcode: 2311 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙975˙200 €
 EC max contribution 1˙975˙200 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-09-01   to  2020-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN NL (LEIDEN) coordinator 1˙975˙200.00


 Project objective

Greek Mycenaean monumental architecture has been well-studied. However, the extent to which large-scale building programmes contributed to the socioeconomic and political changes and crises that took place in Late Bronze Age Greece (c.1600-1100/1070 BC) has not been studied. The project aims to investigate human and natural resources which interacted in the Argive Plain and Attica. There, elites mobilized these resources to implement their monumental building programmes. It seeks to reveal how and why these constructions were accomplished, and what impact such large-scale prolonged building programmes had on the population over time. Methodologically, practical building processes and inherent social practices are captured via the chaîne opératoire approach. Economic data are assessed via architectural energetics, an econometric modelling procedure translating buildings into cost-estimates including time-units of labour invested. These two approaches are triangulated with critically reviewed data sets revealing the changing broader demographic situation of the region. The latter data are extracted from published settlement and land use surveys, as well as archaeobotanical, geomorphological, climatic and mortuary studies from the Argolid. Published historical archives and the Linear B tablets provide further comparative data on regional pre-industrial land use and human activities. Together all these data will provide numerical estimates of people involved in region-wide large-scale building projects. The social consequence is that these people could not simultaneously produce primary commodities (e.g. food). The project will finally illustrate whether the estimated active population of the region could sustain such long-term building and supply of other resources, or whether resource depletion, mismanagement and miscommunication contributed to the LBA Mycenaean socioeconomic and political crises, or even its societal collapse, c. 1200 BC.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Brysbaert Ann
A tale of technologies: constructing monuments and perceiving monumentality
published pages: 1-33, ISSN: 0076-6232, DOI:
Melbourne Historical Journal. The Amphora Issue 43(2) 2020-04-23
2017 Ann Brysbaert
SETinSTONE: an impact assessment of the human and environmental resource requirements of Late Bronze Age Mycenaean monumental architecture
published pages: 1-7, ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2017.121
Antiquity 91/358 2020-04-23
2018 Ann Brysbaert, Victor klinkenberg, Yannick Boswinkel, Daniel Turner, Riia Timonen, Hanna Stoger, Elisavet Sioumpara
SETinSTONE: A retrospective impact assessment of human and environmental resource usage in Late Bronze Age Mycenaean Monumental Architecture, Greece
published pages: , ISSN: 0922-3312, DOI:
Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie 58 2020-04-23
2016 Vetters, M.; Brysbaert, A., Ntinou, M.; Tsartsidou, G. and E. Margaritis
People and plants. Piecing together archaeological and archaeobotanical datato reconstruct plant use and craft activities in Mycenaean Tiryns
published pages: 93-132, ISSN: 2000-0898, DOI:
Opuscula 9 2020-04-23
2018 Ann Brysbaert, Daniel Turner, Yannick Boswinkel, Elisavet Sioumpara, Janet DeLaine, Lesley McFadyen, Jari Pakkanen, Chris Scarre, Maria Torras Freixa, Kalliopi Efkleidiou, Sofia Voutsaki, Youp van den Beld, Yannick de Raaff, Cathalin Recko, Anna Gutiérrez Garcia-M., Maria Serena Vinci, Jacopo Bonetto, Caterina Previato
Constructing monuments, perceiving monumentality and the economics of building. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the built environment [nearly completed]
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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