Early Iron in South Asia (PLUS-10)

Research 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)

Research 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.

Grenzland im Wandel (Z-BerGSAS-X-22)

Dissertation

Aim of this dissertation is the development of the settlement landscape along Meuse and IJssel between 50 BC and 500 AD. Therefore the goal is to make conclusions in terms of the transformation of distribution patterns of settlements and the political organization of landscape in a region perceived as a „border zone“ on both sides of the „limes“.

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

Dissertation

The research project examines the application of digital image analysis techniques for archaeological field documentation. We develop and apply semi-automated algorithms in order to achieve a more objective perspective on archaeological documentation and promote a standardised workflow. One overarching aim of the project is to examine quantitative possibilities to complement traditional perception-based interpretation of stratigraphy without the need of complex laboratory work.

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

Dissertation

This study investigated 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 assessed 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 drew for the most part on published data, enriched only modestly by research in the field. The main contribution of the work lied in an elaboration, streamlining, analysis and presentation of already known information.