Grenzorganisation und Grenzpolitik in der spätrömischen Kyrenaika (B-1-3-1)


The organizational arrangement of the borders on the periphery of the Roman empire played a central role in Roman defensive strategy. One of the most important organizational innovations of the Late Roman Period was the establishment of frontiers, which were usually entrusted to a military functionary bearing the title of dux limitis. The goal of this doctoral project was to investigate the organizational structures of a Late Roman ducatus in the region of Cyrenaica (present-day eastern Libya), structures which were largely shaped by military requirements.

Meroitic Fine Ceramics (A-6-5)

Research project

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.

The Neolithic in the Nile Delta (A-2-4)

Research project

The project investigated the mechanisms by which the first settlers arrived along the western edge of the Nile Delta. The research focus was the re-analysis and the re-evaluation of records and finds resulting from prior investigations at the site of Merimde Beni Salama.The project was initiated and directed by Joanne Rowland. Members of the project were postdoctoral researcher G. J. Tassie and the student assistants Sebastian Falk, Sophie Schmidt and Georg Cyrus as well as the senior fellows Giulio Lucarini and Mennat-Allah El Dorry.

Archaeotopia (C-3-5)

Research project

Founded in 2009, the “Archaeotopia” project focused throughout the first funding phase of the Excellence Cluster Topoi on the role of archaeological sites in the formation, representation and negotiation of social identities. Within the confines of a set of questions that arose during this first project phase, the project will now explore the role and significance of archeological sites in the formation of historical conceptions, as well as the negotiation, representation and development of those sites in a competitive field full of diverse players.

Simitthus, Tunisia (A-1-4)

Research project

The influences of extensiv raw material extraction, the processing of the workpieces and their distribution in Mediterranean world as well as the influences of the local landscape and city development of Simitthus (Tunisia) were major tasks of this research project. One focus was studying the use of the marmor Numidicum in different periods of time from the 2nd century BC until the 7th century AD to get a spectrum of utilization. The project was as well dealing with fundamental questions to trading and commerce, as to the quarries and agents in the marble business.