The spread of iron metallurgy into Europe has been a long lasting debate since the beginnings of iron production are hardly comprehensible. Apparently, the southern part of Eastern Europe played a major role in the introduction of this complex pyrotechnology doubtless due to its integration into the Circumpontic network and the proximity to the Near East. The research project aims to highlight the development of the earliest use of iron in Eastern Europe.
Phoenician and indigenous spaces in Southern Iberia: innovation, interaction and transformation in the ancient economy of metals (A-5-COFUND-1)Third-party funded project
The project focused on investigating the relationship between Phoenicians and indigenous Iberians during the Early Iron Age (9th-7th c. BC) with respect to the exploitation of mining resources and production of metals in southern Spain.
The project uses 3-D-scans of preserved water clocks to measure and to analyse these genuine testimonies of ancient technology in detail with reference to their development and their functionality in a previously unique way.
The settlement of Komariv is associated with extensive production of glass vessels, which required corresponding know-how and employed Roman production methods. The initial studies in this project focus on the site itself and an analysis of the glass fragments salvaged from there.
The Lossow project builds on research results obtained in Lossow during the first funding period. The task now is to analyze pottery finds to determine the extent to which production centers and distribution regions were connected with central places.
The focus of the project is the determination of production sites of pottery, the ceramics’ distribution and consumption spaces in a clearly spatially limited area, part of a river valley, over time.
This project deals with the Late Bonze Age Royal Tomb of Seddin, which is one of the few elite tombs with a monumental architecture. Within this project the entire composition of the tomb, the reasons for the monumentalisation, the technical realisation and the choice of its location within the whole area are examined.
This project studies a pottery workshop and the associated ceramics in Musawwarat es-Sufra, a unique sacral site of the Meroitic period (3rd century BC to 4th century AD) in Sudan. A propos this material, the project investigates a wide range of aspects concerning the production, distribution and use of Meroitic pottery.
This research project explores the emergence and distribution of Nabataean fine ceramics in the 2nd century BC – 4th century AD. It is investigated to what extent the typical type of ceramic is to be classified as an identity marker of Nabataean culture and society.
The project focuses on a topo-chronological reassessment of iron smelting on Elba in Antiquity and the environmental impacts of ancient metallurgy on the island