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.

Water Management in the Western Mediterranean Region (A-3-2)

Research project

Within the scope of this research project, technical and legal water management structures on the Iberian Peninsula that have survived from the Roman and Moorish periods were systematically collected, categorized and chronologized.

Infrastructure (B-1-4)

Research project

The research project continued the work of the former research group (B-I-1) Surveying and Limitation that examined ways in which spaces are defined and constituted through acquisition and demarcation. Five research fields of this former group were investigated.

Early Medieval Governance Resource (B-1-3)

Research project

The infrastructures of late antiquity were of fundamental importance to the politico-military, ecclesiastical and economic organization of the so-called “Germanic” kingdoms that succeeded the Roman Empire.

Water Law (B-1-2)

Research project

Subject of the research have been treatises and sentences that have survived from the time of Al-Andalus in water law. It is important to find classifications for the water, as this determines the legal regulations. That is what we can take from the sources. The usage and acquisition of water also depends on the classification. The work of the courts in the districts of Al-Andalus has been the focus in the past years. It will be the basis for further research of how the legal frameworks were implemented in practice. But it is also important to inspect the legislation and the correlating interpretation, as this opens the possibility of establishing to what extent Roman or Western Gothic regulations survived, were modified or simply discarded.