Glass Production in Komariv (A-6-10)

Research project

The settlement of Komariv is associated with extensive production of glass vessels, which required corresponding know-how and employed Roman production methods. The initial studies in this project focued on the site itself and an analysis of the glass fragments salvaged from there.

Oikonomia and Domestic Economy in Classical Greece (B-3-5-1)

Dissertation

There is a certain irony involved in the discussion of ancient Greek household economy. Although the very concept of ‘Hauswirtschaft’ sparked the debate on the nature of the Ancient economy at the end of the 19th century, this debate never ventured far in developing a theory of household economy. This may be no accident. Despite all the polarization, so called ‘modernists’ and ‘primitivists’ shared a common notion of household economy (or ‘domestic economy’). It was supposed to be an archaic form of economic organization, aiming at autarky and self-sufficiency. This project followed a different lead. In classical times (ca. 450 – 300 B. C. E.) the Greek household economy adapted to the monetized markets of its urban environment. Not only that: the household was never surpassed as the most efficient form of economic organization.

The beginnings of iron smelting in the area of the Przeworsk culture (A-5-2-2)

Dissertation

The spread of technical innovations such as iron smelting required basic natural resources (iron ore) and manual skills along with social acceptability and necessity. The dissertation investigated the beginnings of iron smelting in the area of the Przeworsk culture (Poland). It is assumed that the earliest stages of local and regional iron production coincide with the emergence of the Przeworsk culture within the 2nd century BC.

Early Wool Processing in South East and Central Europe (A-4-1-1)

Dissertation

In order to investigate the introduction of fleece baring sheep husbandry and the subsequent “textile revolution” the doctoral research project “Archaeological Evidence for Early Wool Processing in South East and Central Europe” was focused on examining major changes in Eneolithic textile technologies that could be associated with the proposed raw fibre material innovation

Lossow near Frankfurt (Oder) (A-6-1)

Research project

The task of this project was to analyze pottery finds of the late Bronze Age hillfort of Lossow to determine the extent to which production centers and distribution regions were connected with central places. The project built on research results obtained during the first funding period of Topoi.

Distribution Systems of Pottery (A-6-3)

Research project

The focus of the project was the determination of production sites of pottery, the ceramics’ distribution and consumption spaces in a clearly spatially limited area, part of a river valley, over time.

Ritual Landscapes in the Prignitz (B-2-5)

Research project

This project deals with the Late Bonze Age Royal Tomb of Seddin, which is one of the few elite tombs with a monumental architecture. Within this project the entire composition of the tomb, the reasons for the monumentalisation, the technical realisation and the choice of its location within the whole area are examined.