The organisation of pottery production and specialised handcraft (Z-COFUND-7)

Third-party funded project

The main purpose of this research project is to examine through an archaeometric approach the pottery production from Arslantepe in the Malatya Plain (Eastern Anatolia) and the Upper Euphrates Valley between the Late Chalcolithic 1 and the Early Bronze Age III (4250-2000 BCE) in order to define: the raw material procurement patterns, the complexity level of the production modes, the nature of interactions between the communities of the Malatya plain, the Euphrates valley and the surrounding Anatolian world. In more detail, the aim ist to assess the elements of continuity/discontinuity of such aspects in connection with the significant social, economic and political changes occurred during the two millennia under investigation.

Dayr Anba Hadra (B-4-6)

Research project

Deir Anba Hadra, also known as monastery of St. Simeon, is located on the West bank of Assuan across from Elephantine island about one kilometer inland on the gebel, overlooking a desert valley. Its ruin, dominated by the monumental residential tower, belongs to the best-preserved specimens of monastic architecture from late antique and early Islamicate Egypt. The ongoing work on the monastery, a cooperation between the German Archaeological Institute, Dept. Cairo, and the Excellence Cluster Topoi further expands on the architectural history of the church, its painted decoration, the economic buildings of the monastery, and archaeo-botanical research.

Comical Space. Communication and Interaction on Vases from Southern Italy (C-1-X-8)


This Ph.D. project offers a new, detailed analysis of the iconography of the so-called “phlyax”-vases from the 4th century BC. Due to an emphasis on pictorial elements of interaction and communication within the images – especially gesture and body language – the project moves away from static typologies of masks or role-types to an image-specific construction of human interactions and social hierarchies.

Diet and subsistence practices in the Dnieper area of the North-Pontic region (A-2-1-1)


The research of this dissertation is focused on the analysis of organic residues in ancient pottery vessels whose fragments derive from several prehistoric settlements in the Dnepr region of the Ukraine and date from the 4th to the 3rd Mill. B.C. The scientific procedure that will be applied on these vessels has the purpose to investigate both the variations in food processing and also the human palaeodiet with the idea to decrease the difficulties of reconstructing paleoeconomic systems of the steppe regions and thus to provide new and concrete data in the study of an area historically very complex.

The differentiation of a comprehensive ceramic complex from the middle Euphrates (A-6-3-1)


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.

Lossow near Frankfurt (Oder) (A-6-1)

Research project

The Lossow project builds on research results obtained in Lossow during the first funding period. The task now is to analyze pottery finds to determine the extent to which production centers and distribution regions were connected with central places.

Distribution Systems of Pottery (A-6-3)

Research project

The focus of the project is 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.

Meroitic Fine Ceramics (A-6-5)

Research project

This project studies 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.