Application of hyperspectral imaging in archaeological contexts (A-1-0-1)

Dissertation

The research project examines the applicability of quantitative remote sensing techniques within archaeological contexts. By application of transparent semi-automated algorithms it aims to provide a more objective perspective on archaeological excavations and promotes a standardized workflow. Therefore the focus of the dissertation lies on the expansion of archaeology’s range of methods.

Iznik Intensive Survey Project (A-6-6)

Research 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 concern 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 is used.

Water Management in the Western Mediterranean Region (A-3-2)

Research project

Within the scope of this research project, technical and legal water management structures on the Iberian Peninsula that have survived from the Roman and Moorish periods were systematically collected, categorized and chronologized.

Plow (D-6-2)

Research project

Today, the plow is generally situated in the context of the “secondary products revolution” (Sherratt) and is treated in close connection with the wagon (plow-wagon context). Apart from a few surviving examples, the early plow is known to archaeologists primarily through pictorial representations. Plow marks, which have mainly survived under burial mounds, are a particularly important source. No comprehensive treatment of these marks has been carried out, and there is a substantial need to collect and process the relevant data. This task has been done by the workgroup.

3D Climatic Modeling (A-SDA-1)

Research project

This project will employ a multidisciplinary approach in recording, modeling and assessing climatic and ecological changes in the region north of the Black Sea. This will involve investigating to what extent natural environmental changes are connected with the shift from mobile herding to sedentary culture in regional societies.

Kopet Dag, Turkmenistan (A-2-2)

Research project

This research project investigates the complex local relations between the physical environment and village economies in the late Neolithic and early Aeneolithic in the Kopet Dag piedmont zone of southern Turkmenistan. Recent research indicates that this region represents a dynamic physical and sociocultural environment, leading to frequent relocations and resettlements, sometimes within a single site.

Badia, Jordan (A-1-5)

Research project

This project investigates the human activities in the arid Jordanian Northern Badia (NE Jordan) in the Chalcolithic and the Early Bronze Ages. Past and present geoarchaeological research focuses on evaluating the character and scope of socioeconomic activities in this region in the mentioned periods, and on identifying possible indications for external relations connected with these activities.

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) are major tasks of this research project. One focus is 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 is as well dealing with fundamental questions to trading and commerce, as to the quarries and agents in the marble business.