On the informational value of isotope analyses (A-2-1-2)

Dissertation

With the introduction of significant amounts of heavy livestock (among other innovations) into the western Eurasian Steppe in the period of the Eneolithic/Early Bronze Age an increase of mobility is disputed within the scientific community.  The project addresses this question from an osteoarchaeological point of view.

Scythian Tombs (B-2-4)

Research project

Taking as its starting point excavated and well documented burial mounds (large-scale kurgans), this project explores the phenomenon of monumentality in the tombs of the Eurasian Steppes, as well as the tombs’ cultural, social and spatial impact. This phenomenon is examined from a broader, interregional perspective, taking into account the greatest possible number of noteworthy and researchable burial mounds from below the Danube up to the Yenisei.

Copper Alloys (D-6-6)

Research project

The goal of the project “Copper Alloys” is to determine the locations of similar metal formulas. The resulting maps will differentiate based on object class and source, thus depicting the spread of similar types of metal formulas either as a transfer of knowledge among metalworkers or as a transfer of goods.

Globalization of Knowledge (D-5-1)

Research project

The cultures of the ancient world – in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, on the Eurasian Steppes and in the Near East – were trans-regionally linked. Indeed, the extent to which the ancient world was multicultural, multilingual and interdependent invites discussion of a globalized antiquity. This project investigates the globalization of the ancient world in its various dimensions, from technological and political to linguistic, with particular emphasis on the question what role knowledge played in this globalization process.

3D Climatic Modeling (A-SDA-1)

Research project

This project will employ a multidisciplinary approach in recording, modeling and assessing climatic and ecological changes in the region north of the Black Sea. This will involve investigating to what extent natural environmental changes are connected with the shift from mobile herding to sedentary culture in regional societies.

Pastorialism (A-2-1)

Research project

Forms of pastoralism are at the heart of one project researching the Eurasian steppe and forest-steppe zone. Two projects investigate the remains of pastoralists in the 4th/3rd millennium BCE north of the Black Sea and of the 1st millennium BCE in the steppe north of the Caucasus.