Grenzland im Wandel (Z-BerGSAS-X-22)

Dissertation

Aim of this dissertation is the development of the settlement landscape along Meuse and IJssel between 50 BC and 500 AD. Therefore the goal is to make conclusions in terms of the transformation of distribution patterns of settlements and the political organization of landscape in a region perceived as a „border zone“ on both sides of the „limes“.

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

Dissertation

The research project examines the application of digital image analysis techniques for archaeological field documentation. We develop and apply semi-automated algorithms in order to achieve a more objective perspective on archaeological documentation and promote a standardised workflow. One overarching aim of the project is to examine quantitative possibilities to complement traditional perception-based interpretation of stratigraphy without the need of complex laboratory work.

On the informational value of isotope analyses (A-2-1-2)

Dissertation

With the introduction of significant amounts of heavy livestock (among other innovations) into the western Eurasian Steppe in the period of the Eneolithic/Early Bronze Age an increase of mobility is disputed within the scientific community.  The project addresses this question from an osteoarchaeological point of view.

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

Dissertation

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