The Research Group »Object Itineraries« is concerned with the relationship between human and object in antiquity. Characteristics of spatial mobility and chronological transformations of objects will be studied, and complex pathways through time and space will be traced. Focus will also be aimed at the organisation and processes of acquisition of raw materials, production and craftsmanship, technology transfer and the functionality of artefacts. Questions concerning consumption and trade, tradition and innovation in the manufacture, usage and significance of objects, up to their alteration/deterioration and ultimate disposal and re-use will also be addressed. Emphasis will be placed on diachronic and comparative studies relating to handiwork in connection with comprehensive social, economic and political transformations.