Application of hyperspectral imaging in archaeological contexts (A-1-0-1)

Dissertation

The research project examines the applicability of quantitative remote sensing techniques within archaeological contexts. By application of transparent semi-automated algorithms it aims to provide a more objective perspective on archaeological excavations and promotes a standardized workflow. Therefore the focus of the dissertation lies on the expansion of archaeology’s range of methods.

Resafa (A-1-8)

Research project

One of the main research topics of this project is the analysis of urban development in a semiarid environment. Thus the colonization of a marginal habitat and its determining factors was an important focus of research.

Spatial analysis of settlement patterns in Bithynia (A-6-6-1)

Dissertation

The doctoral thesis assesses the economic development of ancient Bithynia situated in the North West territory of Asia Minor during the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine periods. The study draws for the most part on published data, enriched only modestly by research in the field. The main contribution of the work lies in an elaboration, streamlining, analysis and presentation of already known information.

Ayamonte, southwest Spain (A-1-7)

Research project

This project develops an understanding of the Late-Holocene estuarine landscape changes of different small scale environments close to the Guadiana river mouth. The research is associated to the excavation of a Phoenician settlement in the modern city of Ayamonte conducted by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). The major goal is to gain information about the relations between the colonizing Phoenician society and its environment.

Iznik Intensive Survey Project (A-6-6)

Research project

Despite of the abundant epigraphic sources from the urban center Nikaia/Nicaea and its extensive and well-connected agricultural hinterland, archaeological information on the regional rural landscape and settlement pattern are very scarce. The historic-geographic definition of the chora of Iznik has been based almost exclusively on the epigraphic evidence, shedding light on the socio-economic role of the village communities in the territorial organization. The research questions addressed in the framework of the project concern the archaeological definition of the local rural settlement history, sites typology and function (villae, farms, and villages), land use and resource exploitation, production and distribution of food and ceramic commodities from the Hellenistic to the Late Antique period. For this purpose a body of integrated landscape archaeological methods including remote sensing techniques, archaeomorphological analysis, extensive and intensive fieldwork in test areas, as well as GIS-based mapping and spatial analysis is used.

Forum - Spatial Data Analysis (A-SDA)

Forum

    The Forum — Spatial Data Analysis is an inter-area research group that deals with the documentation and analysis of spatial data gathered from documentation, landscape analyses and reconstructions. Besides the actual work of data collection in archaeology and cultural heritage in connection with investigations of geo-physics, soil science, pollen analysis, and remote sensing, […]