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With 190 Scientists, the Cluster constitutes Austria's largest research association for Classical Studies and Archaeology. The research spectrum ranges from prehistory to the modern age and from the middle east and Africa via Ephesus to Austria itself.

 

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Mission Statement

Mission Statement

Combining existing outstanding research and further increasing the potential for innovation – these are the aims of the Cluster for Archaeology and Classics founded at the OeAW in 2016. This cluster unites under one roof the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture (IKAnt), the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA) and the Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI).

With their clear areas of focus, all three of these OeAW research institutes cover the entire range of subjects and the diverse methods employed in their disciplines. Together, the chronological span covered by their expertise ranges from the Quaternary around 2.6 million years ago to the modern era.

Going beyond the core skills of the individual institutes, the cluster sees itself as a network for joint activities such as projects, events and publications designed to raise the profile of classical studies and archaeological research at the OeAW, to gain maximum benefit from synergies and to increase visibility.

The founding of the cluster created the largest archaeological and classical studies research association in Austria, with around 190 staff in more than 30 groups, also making it one of the most significant associations of this kind in Europe. It thus helps to improve Vienna's standing as a site for research and also contributes to the OeAW’s leading position in the international community for classical studies and archaeological research.

Focus

Focus

Multidisciplinary studies on the ancient world

Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture

  • Documentary sources (epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology) and archaeological evidence
  • Culture, art, society and religion in Antiquity and the Early Christian era
  • Responsible for long-term corpora and editions


Prehistoric Archaeology from the Orient to the Occident

Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology

  • Oriental and European prehistory
  • Archaeology from the Pleistocene to early state societies
  • Environment and economic systems, digital archaeology
  • Interdisciplinary research into resources and identities
     

    Classical and Historical Archaeology from the Iron Age to the Modern Era

    Austrian Archaeological Institute

    • Licensed excavations, landscape and settlement archaeology, material studies
    • Cultural heritage and the conservational sciences
    • Bioarchaeology, geoarchaeology and archaeometry

     

     

    Contact


    Institute for the study of ancient culture (IKAnt)
    antike(at)oeaw.ac.at

    Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA)
    orea(at)oeaw.ac.at

    Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI)
    mailbox(at)oeai.at

     


    What is more, together with other universities and non-university research institutions as well as regional and national institutions active in these fields, the cluster’s three institutes form the Council for Austrian Archaeology, which is housed by the OeAW. This constitutes a networking platform for the coordination and design of archaeological research on a national level.