WELCOME TO THE EXCELLENCE CLUSTER TOPOI!

Topoi is a research network with a focus on the study of the ancient world. In Topoi, more than 200 researchers from diverse disciplines investigate how space and knowledge were formed and transformed in ancient civilizations. Detailed information on the members, the research activities and publications you will find at the various sections of this site. To learn more about the graduate school with their different graduate groups please visit the website of the Berliner Antike-Kolleg.

Exploring the expanse of the Eurasian steppe

Archaeologist Elke Kaiser investigates how prehistoric communities lived in the Eurasian steppes around 5000 years ago...
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Innovations from the geo laboratory

Topoi researchers developed an innovative auxiliary module for a portable energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrum analyzer .
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Ancient Studies and Journalism

Journalists and scienctists discussed the relationship of ancient studies and journalism in a panel discussion organized by the Excellence Cluster Topoi — a summary.
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Technological knowledge of the Iron Age

The redesigned permanent exhibition of the Museum of Prehistory and Early History shows research results of Topoi.
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A Monumental Tomb under Trees in Prignitz

Archaeological studies yield new insight into the construction of the Royal Tomb of Seddin.
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 Flyer of "Between the Sahara and the Nile.  The Archaeology of Farafra Oasis" by Giulio Lucarini | Image: Slab structure site at the Farafra Oasis, Egypt, Author: Giulio Lucarini