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.

Resafa (A-1-8)

Research project

One of the main research topics of this project is the analysis of urban development in a semiarid environment. Thus the colonization of a marginal habitat and its determining factors was an important focus of research.

Human-Environmental Interactions in Northeastern Jordan. (A-1-5-1)

Dissertation

This study investigates human-environmental interactions in northeastern Jordan since late prehistory. To achieve an integrated study in which ecological, economic and cultural factors are considered together, this thesis presents three landscape archaeological case studies, focusing on different adaptation strategies of past societies.

Spatial analysis of settlement patterns in Bithynia (A-6-6-1)

Dissertation

The doctoral thesis assesses 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 draws for the most part on published data, enriched only modestly by research in the field. The main contribution of the work lies in an elaboration, streamlining, analysis and presentation of already known information.

Ayamonte, southwest Spain (A-1-7)

Research project

This project develops an understanding of the Late-Holocene estuarine landscape changes of different small scale environments close to the Guadiana river mouth. The research is associated to the excavation of a Phoenician settlement in the modern city of Ayamonte conducted by the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). The major goal is to gain information about the relations between the colonizing Phoenician society and its environment.

Mid-Holocene landscape development in the Carpathian region (A-4-3-1)

Dissertation

Within the dissertation I will investigate anthropogenic landscape changes that arose due to grazing pressure in selected semi-arid to humid natural environments between the Near East and Northwestern Europe from 7000 to 4000 BP. By combining a landscape sensitivity analysis with an extensive literature research on dated sediments, vegetation cover, climate variability and human activity I will examine the hypothesis that degradation processes resulting from agriculture had such a strong impact on the ecological balance of the landscape that they led to intensified erosion processes.