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 are in the focus of this research.
This thesis deals with the formation and transformation of identities in ancient Assyria and Urartu by using H. Levebvres and E. Soja`s theoretical framework of the so called Thirdspace.
Interaction Patterns at the Transition from Hunter-Gatherer to Sedentary Societies around Göbekli Tepe (A-1-9)Research project
This project investigated the location of Göbekli Tepe against the background of its regional and natural embedding.
The doctoral project A-5-4-1 represents the archaeological part of the interdisciplinary Topoi research project (A-5-4) Iron mining and smelting in the (northern) Tyrrhenian Sea. The dissertation deals beside the topography and chronology of iron smelting sites also with the impact of iron mining and smelting on the landscape of Elba Island in the 1st millennium BCE. In addition, it concentrates on a diachronic investigation of the antique mining work/slavery and on an economic historical classification of the Elban iron production in the Mediterranean context.
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.
Tracing the change: A multiscalar look at dwelling and building practices in the prehistoric Kopet Dag (A-2-2-1)Dissertation
This project deals with temporality of archaeological evidence from the Neolithic and Aeneolithic settlement Monjukli Depe and other sites in the Kopet Dag region (southern Turkmenistan) with a main focus on changes in prehistoric building and living practices.
The Landscape Organization and Spatial Strategies in the Hinterland of Petra in Nabataean-Roman Times (A-1-2-1)Dissertation
The dissertation project researches singular aspects and overall strategies of spatial organization in and around Petra, Jordan. The chronological frame ranges from the Iron Age until Late Antiquity. However, the main focus lies within Nabataean-Roman times.
This project developed an understanding of the Late-Holocene estuarine landscape changes of different small scale environments close to the Guadiana river mouth. The research was associated to the excavation of a Phoenician settlement in the modern city of Ayamonte conducted by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). The major goal was to gain information about the relations between the colonizing Phoenician society and its environment.
Konzepte von Raum und Landschaft in der spätrepublikanischen und frühkaiserzeitlichen Bilderwelt (C-4-4-1)Dissertation
This Ph.D. project focusses on various genres of landscape depiction in late republican and early imperial Roman wall painting (and other pictorial media) with an emphasis on representations of gardens.
This research project focuses on reconstructing the formation of the landscape in the vicinity of the ancient city of Ayamonte, Andalusia. It deals with the development of arable land for settlement and with local ecological preconditions.