Completed Projects

Here is a list of recently completed projects

Forging Identities


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Financed by: The European Commission´s FP7

The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe (Initial training network ITN 2009-2012). The ITN Forging Identities will explore intercultural interaction in Bronze Age Europe - a golden epoch between 300 and 500 BC with new patterns of social identifications, specialised production, complex polities and wide-reaching networks across Europe.... The CAU institute is integrated with a project about Bronze Age social identity and mobility.

Holocene Use of Islands in Schleswig-Holsteins


The functions of islands in the inland waters of the Holocene settlement landscape of Schleswig-Holstein (FIBSS)

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Financed by: DFG

Why did the humans of the Holocene frequent islands? How did the limnic natural and cultural landscape look like? These and other questions are addressed in the DFG project situated in the lake region of Plön in Schleswig-Holstein.

Settlement Hierarchies and Cultural Regions

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Financed by: DFG priority program, sub-project

Within the SPP1171 the project analyses the areal repercussions of centralising processes and the results of various single processes dealt with in sub-projects on a supra-regional scale. In this context centralisation is defined as a process that doesn't occur on the settlement level, but rather as a social, economic and cultural process, that encompassed all aspects of life. The social elite formation, settlement hierarchy and spatial distribution of cultural similarities (cultural metric) are all manifestations of the centralising processes which are archaeologically tangible and analysable.

On the Emergence and Structure of Early Celtic Chieftain Residences on Mt. Lassois.


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Financed by: DFG priority program, sub-project

The DFG project SPP 1171 began on the 01. April. Further information on the SPP and on the Mt. Lassois project can be found on the official project page.

Cultural Changes in Northeastern Central Europe at the Transition from Late Bronze Age to Middle Bronze Age (DFG)


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Financed by: DFG

The transition of Early to Middle Bronze Aged societies can be reconstructed from archaeological as well as ecological data for Northeastern Central Europe. The research project of the DFG studies the abrupt discontinuation that took place around 1,650 BC at different locations.

Underwater Archaeology in Mexico


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Since 2009, marine archaeologists of the AMLA („Arbeitsgruppe für maritime und limnische Archäologie“) in collaboration with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH=Instituto National de Antropologia e Historia) have been examining flooded cave systems and cenotes (collapsed dolines) in the northern part of the Mexican peninsula of Yucatan. The objective of this singular cooperation is the detection, investigation and preservation of archaeological finds and findings of various time periods within the branched cave systems of Yucatan and Quintana Roo.



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Financed by: Marius-Börger-Stiftung

Sponsored by the Marius-Börger-Stiftung Kiel the institute, in collaboration with the Archaeological State Museum in Schleswig, has been conducting excavations on the island Olsborg on lake Plön since 1994. The construction was an important island fortification during the Slavic period in eastern Holstein.

Bredenbek (LA 29)


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Financed by: Private investor, self-funding

The institute (Jutta Kneisel) in collaboration with the State Archaeological Department of Schleswig-Holstein is examining the bronze aged burial mound (LA 29) in Konsburg-Glinde close to Bredenbek in Rendsburg-Eckernförde.

Smoszew: Middle Bronze Age in Greater Poland

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Financed by: City Krotoszyn

The joint project of scientific collaborator Jutta Kneisel and Poznan University is excavating a middle bronze aged burial mound near Krotozyn in Greater Poland. Because any research on the middle Bronze Age in Greater Poland is 50-80 years old, the project is practically on an almost completely uninvestigated period.

Atlas of the Central European Neolithic Age

lead by the Institute for Pre- and Protohistory of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel and U.I.S.P.P. 

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The U.I.S.P.P. has recently begun publishing the series „Atlanten zum europäischen Neolithikum“, the first two volumes on the Southern and Western European areas have already been published. Our project (which culminates in Volume III) will give an overview of the Central European Neolithic by presenting the various Neolithic groups through brief descriptions.