Natural Hazards (Plus-15)

Research project

Ausgehend von der örtlichen Situation in der Ruine Resafa ist schon früh deutlich geworden, dass die am Gebäudebestand ablesbaren Erdbebenschäden einer gesonderten Betrachtung bedürfen. Da in der imposanten Ruine nur sehr wenige Inschriften zu fassen sind, stellte sich die Frage, ob die relativ-chronologisch ablesbare Abfolge von Erdbebenschäden und Instandsetzungsmaßnahmen in Beziehung gesetzt werden können zu datierten Erdbeben der Region. Hierzu gab es immer wieder vereinzelte Aussagen in der Literatur, bislang fehlt jedoch eine systematische Auseinandersetzung.

Early Iron in South Asia (PLUS-10)

Additional project

The project aimed to compile and catalogue archaeological evidence on early iron smelting in Sri Lanka and thus took up research aims and questions already addressed in the framework of the research group (A-5) Iron.

Long Living Landscapes (PLUS-9)

Additional project

Cultural landscapes predominate the earth surface. Terraced landscapes are a prominent example for long existing agriculturally used landscapes. Due to their ages with first known implementation during Bronze Age, their high stability and their wide distribution across the Mediterranean terraces were in the focus of this research.


Additional project

The project was concerned with the procurement and use of cobalt ore in the production of vitreous materials, notably glass, in the workshops the Late Bronze Age Egyptian settlement of Tell el-Amarna. Research methods included chemical analysis using pXRF, LA-ICP-MS and spatial analysis.

Destined to fail? (PLUS-2)

Additional project

The project aimed at reconstructing parts of the late history of Pi-Ramesse by analyzing aspects of the material culture unearthed during the excavations and combining the evidence with written sources from the 12th and 11th centuries BC.

The Glass, Faience and Food in Late Bronze Age Societies (A-6-COFUND-1)

Third-party funded project

This project aimed to establish an in-depth understanding of the administration and control of high-temperature (glass, faience and food) industries on an urban level and the socio­ economic relationship between the elite and the non-elite members of society in Late Bronze Age (LBA) Egypt and Mesopotamia (c. 1650-1050 BC).