The Glass, Faience and Food in Late Bronze Age Societies (A-6-COFUND-1)

Third-party funded project

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).

Early-Islamic Pottery from Tacht-e Soleiman (C-3-0-3)

Dissertation

The projekt aims at understanding the regional features of the pottery found at Tacht-e Soleiman by classifying them into their cultural and archaeologic context. The main focus is on the Early Islamic Period.

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)

Dissertation

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 moved away from static typologies of masks or role-types to an image-specific construction of human interactions and social hierarchies.

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

Dissertation

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 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.