D2: Third millennium transformations of social and economic practices in the German Lower Mountain Range (SFB 1266). DFG GEPRIS

Running time: 2016 -

Project D2 explores the transformation of ritual practices, economic patterns and the use of the environment by communities during the 3rd millennium BCE in the area of the German Lower Mountain Range, which is archaeologically connected to the transition to Corded Ware groups. The main question is to what degree the marked changes in ritual practices and material culture are connected to changes in the economy and land-use. This will be mainly explored through analyses of social networks, nutrition, mobility patterns and land-use, using available archived materials, mainly from graves, but with a special focus on the scarce settlement data.

Principal investigators: Christoph Rinne, Martin Furholt

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Formation, function and relation of funnel beaker megalithic tombs, enclosures and settlements in the landscape of Haldensleben-Hundisburg. DFG GEPRIS

Sub-project of the priority program: Early monumentality and social differentiation. On the formation and development of Neolithic large buildings and the first complex societies in Northern Central EuropeDFG GEPRIS

Olbetal Magnetik

Running Time: 2009 - 2019

The research project’s region of interest is on the border between the lowland of Northern Germany with its moraine landscape and the predominantly loess soiled central mountain area. The territory still has over 130 megalithic tombs of the funnel beaker culture ( 4200-2800 BC), as well as several enclosures, settlements and single finds which makes this monument landscape as an archaeological treasure. The aim of the project is the reconstruction of the funnel beaker settlements and burial landscapes, whereby the special focus is on the connections between megalithic tombs, settlements and enclosures in view of the various Neolithic and economical traditions.

With the monographic publications of Kay Schmütz and Christoph Rinne the results of the project are finally presented.

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Es Rossells, Cas Concos des Cavaller, Mallorca

Es Rossells, Cas Concos, MallorcaRunning Time: 2014 - 

In the context of an ERASMUS lecturer-exchange with the University de les Illes Baleares ( Área de Prehistòria) internships for applied Computational Archaeology including survey and prospection are conducted at the virtually undocumented and as yet unexplored late iron age Talaoit settlement (approx. 550 – 123 BC). The monumental wall of the enclosure is imposing as it measures 307 m in length and has an average width of 3 m, which in part still stands 2 m high. 

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Running Time: 2014 -

Niedertiefenbach is a burial chamber constructed of large stone tiles measuring 10 m in length and 3, 2 m in width (gallery grave). It was erected in the Neolithic Age, specifically in the Late Neolithic Age around 3100 BC, and was used as a burial place (tomb) up until 2800 BC. The large number of preserved burials and the unusual grave goods make it an exceptional research project for the Hessian Monument Preservation.

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Completed Projects

Els Closos en Can Gaià, Portocolom, Mallorca

Closos en Can GaiàRunning time: 2010 - 2013 

During an ERASMUS lecturer-exchange with the University de les Illes Baleares, Área de Prehistòria several internships for applied Computational Archaeology were conducted on the research excavation in the bronze age settlement of Navetas close to Portocolóm (Felanitx). Included were geophysical prospections, tachymetric measurements, mapping photograph equalization as well as working with CAD and GIS software.

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Haldensleben in the Middle Ages: settlement processes on the brink of a gothic centre of power

Nordhusen Kirchenruine, WestquerwerkRunning Time: 2008 - 2013 

The medieval settlement landscape around Haldensleben (18 km Northwest of Magdeburg) has been studied since 2008 with the help of students of our institute on non-subsidised field trips. Predominantly local processes can be found here, however the templers of castle Wichmannsdorf and the settlement of Steinförde show additional signs for supraregional contexts. The focus of these investigations lie in the geophysical prospection of the surrounding abandoned villages i.a. Nordhusen, Medebeke and Steinförde, as well as the survey of castle Wichmannsdorf.

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The long bridge from Magdeburg –Bridge construction after the Thirty Years War

Magdeburg Brücke Otto von GuerickeRunning Time: 2008

The posts of the predecessor of the Anna-Elbert-Bridge in Magdeburg, literally “found on the side of the road”, were surveyed. The existing dendro-dates connect it to the new construction (after the Thirty Years War) by the mayor, engineer and extraordinary scientist Otto von Guerick. The landmark with its various construction phases illuminates the extraordinary occurrences of the city's history. 

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