Research group (A-6) Economic Space analyzed economic structures in space, focusing primarily on the organization of production and distribution, but also on the space-related consumption of goods.
The central object of research were ceramics, which are easily subjected to statistical evaluation, and hence especially useful in analyzing economic structures. The several research projects were devoted to questions concerning the role of space-based knowledge in the development of ceramic production and distribution in early societies, as well as to the discussion of distribution models and forms of exchange, including an examination of underlying social motivations. The studies compared stylistic and practical/theoretical research into ceramics with scientific analysis, thus allowing researchers to determine production sites and distribution and consumption spaces, which then has been classified and interpreted in connection with the style groups.
The research group was consciously pursuing a comparative perspective, in which mutual relations between diverse cultural spaces and epochs of the Ancient World are compared.
- (A-6-1) Lossow near Frankfurt (Oder) - An early Iron Age cult site
- (A-6-2) The Analysis of Spheres of Exchange in Southern Iran
- (A-6-3) Distribution systems of ceramics of the Neolithic to Islamic period from the Middle Euphrates Valley in Northern Syria
- (A-6-4) Wheel-thrown pottery of the Imperial Period in Barbaricum
- (A-6-5) Meroitic fine ceramics: production, distribution, use
- (A-6-6) The economic landscape of the Hellenistic, Roman and late antique Bithynia. Iznik Intensive Survey Project
- (A-6-7) Distribution and production locations of Nabataean fine ceramics
- (A-6-8) Distribution of ceramics in the large settlement of Corneşti-Iarcuri and its settlement history
- (A-6-9) Tell el-Amarna
- (A-6-10) Glass Production of the 3rd and 4th century AD in Komariv, Ukraine
- (A-6-3-1) The differentiation of a comprehensive ceramic complex from the middle Euphrates using the p-ED-XRF in consideration of technological characteristics for the reconstruction of distribution systems of ancient societies
- (A-6-4-1) Wheel-thrown pottery between Elbe and Oder - Production, distribution and consumption
- (A-6-5-1) Meroic fine ware ceramics: production, distribution, use
- (A-6-6-1) Spatial analysis of settlement patterns in Bithynia
- (A-6-9-1) Die wirtschaftliche Verflechtung von Tell el-Amarna mit anderen Handelsräumen anhand des Keramikspektrums