Research Group A-6 “Economic Space” analyzes 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 is ceramics, which are easily subjected to statistical evaluation, and hence especially useful in analyzing economic structures. The research projects are 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 will compare stylistic and practical/theoretical research into ceramics with scientific analyses, thus allowing researchers to determine production sites and distribution and consumption spaces, which will then be classified and interpreted in connection with the style groups. The research group is consciously pursuing a comparative perspective, in which mutual relations between diverse cultural spaces and epochs of the Ancient World are compared.