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


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.

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


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.

Resafa-Sergiupolis (B-2-7)

Research project

Focus of this project is on questions concerning the water-management and the historic land-use of the archaeological site Resafa in North-Syria.

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


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.

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.