About us

Collaborative Research Centre 1266 — Scales of Transformation — Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies

In the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1266 “Scales of Transformation”, established at Kiel University, we examine the processes of transformation undergone by ancient societies over a period of 15,000 years prior to the beginning of the Common Era. This long period saw enormous changes in the world, not least in the form of decisive shifts in the interactions between human beings and their environments. We set a high value on interdisciplinary work in exploring ancient societies and their environments. Accordingly, our research brings together scholars from a variety of fields, including archaeology, environmental archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, ecosystem research, geology and molecular biology. This exploration of the great transformations in the history of humanity is being undertaken by approximately seventy researchers from ten departments of Kiel University, the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology (ZBSA) and the Archaeological Museum Schloss Gottorf in Schleswig.

We have been funded by the German Research Community (DFG) since 2016.


Kiel University
CRC 1266 – Scales of Transformation
Leibnizstraße 3
D-24118 Kiel

Person to contact

Dr. Anna E. Reuter
Press and Public Outreach
Telephone: +49 431 880-1032

CRC 1266 Speaker

Prof. Dr. Johannes Müller (Speaker)
Prof. Dr. Wiebke Kirleis (Co-speaker)

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