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.
Landschaftsarchäologische Evidenzen in Samnium im Kontext der Samnitischen Kriege – Die samnitischen Höhenfestungen und ihr Umland (C-6-8-2)Dissertation
This Ph.D. thesis aims at illustrating the historic settlement dynamics of Samnium within the last four centuries BC. Using a GIS, it seeks to identify spatial systems of location and architecture of the so called “hill forts” and to assess the Roman impact on the landscape following conquest.
Interaction Patterns at the Transition from Hunter-Gatherer to Sedentary Societies around Göbekli Tepe (A-1-9)Research project
This project aims to investigate the location of Göbekli Tepe against the background of its regional and natural embedding.
Diachronic analysis of the interactions between landscape characteristics and settlement patterns in the surroundings of the Neolithic site Göbekli Tepe (A-1-9-1)Dissertation
Within this doctoral project the relationship between environment and settlement strategies in the hinterland of Göbekli Tepe in prehistoric and historic times is investigated.
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.
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.
Focus of this project is on questions concerning the water-management and the historic land-use of the archaeological site Resafa in North-Syria.
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.
Tracing the change: A multiscalar look at dwelling and building practices in the prehistoric Kopet Dag (A-2-2-1)Dissertation
This project deals with temporality of archaeological evidence from the Neolithic and Aeneolithic settlement Monjukli Depe and other sites in the Kopet Dag region (southern Turkmenistan) with a main focus on changes in prehistoric building and living practices.
Modeling Italian urbanism in the first millennium BCE: The role of pre-urban élites in state formation at Gabii (Z-COFUND-4)Third-party funded project
The project is based on primary fieldwork conducted at the site of Gabii, a primate Latin center that emerged during the same wave of urbanization that brought neighboring Rome into existence. The aim is to elucidate the formative steps of the city formation, especially the tempo and dynamics of the transition from a settlement form featuring multiple foci to a uniform and continuous urban fabric. For this purpose architectural and funerary evidence, sampled in a central sector of the city and dating to the Early Iron Age through Archaic periods, are combined.