CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Cluster G concentrates on the provision and further development of cutting-edge methodological and technological tools related to the dimensions of time and space.

Our technological and computational possibilities to approach the social aspects of space from an archaeological perspective have been significantly improved by recent developments in the field of geophysics. The application of this field to archaeological research is still very dynamic and innovative, and thus the CRC provides an excellent possibility for further method development.

Geophysical data provide 2D or 3D spatial images of archaeological sites in terms of physical soil parameters. As a basis for a quantitative assessment of archaeological structure and its spatial and temporal variation, special emphasis will be put on calibrating and methodically integrating geophysical measurements with results from excavations and drillings. Geophysical “ground truthing” will be achieved through a combination of additional measurements in situ (downhole and excavations) and numerical modeling. Project G2 will explore the intensity of ancient socio- environmental transformations by analysing the qualitative and quantitative changes of archaeological structures in space and time.