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.

Human-Environmental Interactions in Northeastern Jordan. (A-1-5-1)

Dissertation

This study investigates human-environmental interactions in northeastern Jordan since late prehistory. To achieve an integrated study in which ecological, economic and cultural factors are considered together, this thesis presents three landscape archaeological case studies, focusing on different adaptation strategies of past societies.

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.

Sense of place and identity in the prehistoric Mediterranean Islands (B-4-COFUND-1)

Third-party funded project

Islands have a distinct “sense of place”: studies of present-day island communities indicate that their perceived physical containment, which is felt particularly on small islands, results in strong place identification or in an “island identity”.  As an archaeologist, Helen Dawson is interested in finding evidence for such place-identification in the past. The smaller islands surrounding Sicily, with their rich archaeological record, provided ideal case studies to test these ideas – from their initial colonisation during the Neolithic to their becoming integrated in wider trading and inter-cultural networks during the Bronze Age (ca. 5500-900 BCE).

Diet and subsistence practices in the Dnieper area of the North-Pontic region (A-2-1-1)

Dissertation

The research of this dissertation is focused on the analysis of organic residues in ancient pottery vessels whose fragments derive from several prehistoric settlements in the Dnepr region of the Ukraine and date from the 4th to the 3rd Mill. B.C. The scientific procedure that will be applied on these vessels has the purpose to investigate both the variations in food processing and also the human palaeodiet with the idea to decrease the difficulties of reconstructing paleoeconomic systems of the steppe regions and thus to provide new and concrete data in the study of an area historically very complex.