The research group functions as a platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches that deal with issues of the ancient cultural and intellectual history of the Mediterranean, including material archaeological and written sources. Following in the tradition of the OeAI, sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Balkans are currently at the center of research. The temporal frame includes the early Iron Age to classical antiquity and the reverberation of antiquity throughout the Middle Ages and the early modern period. The focus of current research is placed on the study of forms, functions, and developments of urban and rural settlement areas under historical, topographic, architectural, economic, social, and ecological aspects. And by extending beyond individual settlements and landscapes and spaces will also be investigated. Under the premise of understanding ancient culture in its entirety, issues surrounding cult and a sanctuary as well as art historical themes will also be discussed in the research group.
Under the direction of: Martin Steskal