- (A-6-1) Lossow near Frankfurt (Oder) - An early Iron Age cult site
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.
- (A-6-10) Glass Production of the 3rd and 4th century AD in Komariv, Ukraine
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.
- (A-6-2) The Analysis of Spheres of Exchange in Southern Iran
This research project analyzed 5th millennium pottery from the Iranian site of Tepe Sohz which was excavated briefly in the early 1970s. The goal of the pottery analysis was to evaluate two competing models for the socio-economic and political development of 5th millennium BCE societies in southwestern Iran, one proposal by William Sumner (1994) and the other by Abbas Alizadeh (1988, 2010). Both models assign craft specialization an important position. However, while Alizadeh attributes such specialization to surplus from herding activities, Sumner claims that it is due to a surplus stemming from agriculture.
- (A-6-3) Distribution systems of ceramics of the Neolithic to Islamic period from the Middle Euphrates Valley in Northern Syria
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.
- (A-6-4) Wheel-thrown pottery of the Imperial Period in Barbaricum
This project investigated the emergence and development of wheel-thrown pottery in the Germanic Babaricum from the second half of the 2nd c. AD. In the course of the study, a large series of surviving ceramics underwent geochemical and other archaeoceramological analyses, in order to determine the spatial distribution of the various production sites. The goal of the project was to reveal the economic structures underlying this distribution.
- (A-6-5) Meroitic fine ceramics: production, distribution, use
This project studied a pottery workshop and the associated ceramics in Musawwarat es-Sufra, a unique sacral site of the Meroitic period (3rd century BC to 4th century AD) in Sudan. A propos this material, the project investigates a wide range of aspects concerning the production, distribution and use of Meroitic pottery.
- (A-6-6) The economic landscape of the Hellenistic, Roman and late antique Bithynia. Iznik Intensive Survey Project
Despite of the abundant epigraphic sources from the urban center Nikaia/Nicaea and its extensive and well-connected agricultural hinterland, archaeological information on the regional rural landscape and settlement pattern are very scarce. The historic-geographic definition of the chora of Iznik has been based almost exclusively on the epigraphic evidence, shedding light on the socio-economic role of the village communities in the territorial organization. The research questions addressed in the framework of the project concerned the archaeological definition of the local rural settlement history, sites typology and function (villae, farms, and villages), land use and resource exploitation, production and distribution of food and ceramic commodities from the Hellenistic to the Late Antique period. For this purpose a body of integrated landscape archaeological methods including remote sensing techniques, archaeomorphological analysis, extensive and intensive fieldwork in test areas, as well as GIS-based mapping and spatial analysis was used.
- (A-6-7) Distribution and production locations of Nabataean fine ceramics
This research project explored the emergence and distribution of Nabataean fine ceramics in the 2nd century BC – 4th century AD. It was investigated to what extent the typical type of ceramic is to be classified as an identity marker of Nabataean culture and society.
- (A-6-8) Distribution of ceramics in the large settlement of Corneşti-Iarcuri and its settlement history
This research project seeked to carry out a comprehensive study of ceramic products from the prehistoric settlement of Iarcuri (Romania) based primarily on chemical analysis of ceramics. The study aimed to shed light on questions concerning the centralized/decentralized production, distribution and influence of ceramics.
- (A-6-9) Tell el-Amarna
The Amarna Project consisted of two separate projects, which are both concerned with socio-cultural aspects of the site, including the manufacture and import of pottery (see https://www.topoi.org/project/a-6-9-1/ ) and glass.
- (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
Within the framework of the dissertation project, a comprehensive spatial and chronologically broad-spread ceramic material will be used to examine the extent to which conclusions on the change, both of manufacturing techniques, manufacturing intentions, the raw materials used, and distribution patterns of technologies in a diachronic perspective are possible using the portable energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence analysis (p-ED-XRF) and by which methods they have to be supplemented if necessary.
- (A-6-4-1) Wheel-thrown pottery between Elbe and Oder - Production, distribution and consumption
The thesis focuses on wheel-thrown pottery of Germania Magna from the area between Elbe and Oder.
- (A-6-5-1) Meroitic fine ware ceramics: production, distribution, use
This project examines the production, distribution and consumption of pottery in Ancient Sudan using the data recovered from a production site at Musawwarat es-Sufra.
- (A-6-6-1) Spatial analysis of settlement patterns in Bithynia
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.
- (A-6-9-1) Die wirtschaftliche Verflechtung von Tell el-Amarna mit anderen Handelsräumen anhand des Keramikspektrums
The thesis deals with the economic interdependences of the city of Tell el-Amarna within Egypt itself, the Mediterranean area and the Ancient Near East on the basis of the relevant pottery
Third-party Funded Project
- (A-6-COFUND-1) The Glass, Faience and Food in Late Bronze Age Societies: An Analysis of the Socio-Economics of Urban Industries in Egyptian and Mesopotamian settlements
This project aimed to establish an in-depth understanding of the administration and control of high-temperature (glass, faience and food) industries on an urban level and the socio economic relationship between the elite and the non-elite members of society in Late Bronze Age (LBA) Egypt and Mesopotamia (c. 1650-1050 BC).