Tübingen is a traditional university town in central Baden-Württemberg, Germany, situated in scenic countryside between the Alb foothills and the Neckar valley. It lies 30 km south of the state capital, Stuttgart, and is easily accessible by road, rail and air. The University was founded in 1477 and is nowadays one of Germany's top research universities, consistently featuring leading-edge research in medicine, natural science and the humanities. With its 89,000 inhabitants and roughly 26,000 students, Tübingen combines the flair of an authentic medieval town with the typical atmosphere of a vibrant and cosmopolitan university town.
Our institute has had a focus on the archaeology of the Roman provinces since its foundation in 1865. This is attested to inter alia by Karl Hähnle’s and Carl Watzinger’s work on Terra Sigillata from the first half of the 20th century. The monuments of the Germania Superior were an integral part of the academic curriculum as advanced by Ferdinand Noack (1908–1916) and Werner Gauer (1983–2003). At present, the Institute is engaged in the documentation and publication of the Roman architecture in stone from Augsburg and Ladenburg as well as the Roman sculptural monuments in stone from the collection of Carl-Theodor in the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum, Mannheim. In addition, the research project “Processes of Reception of Statue Types: Greece – Rome – North-west Provinces” is exploring the Roman sculptural monuments of the North-west provinces of the Roman Empire. The project is funded by the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. As a matter of principle, the Institute of Classical Archaeology is strongly committed to collaborate with the responsible Landesdenkmalämter as well as with other national and international institutions.
Tübingen has one of the biggest university collections in Germany. It allows for a wide arrange of study and discussion possibilities for the participants of the 2019 CRPA. In addition, the organisers of the 2019 colloquium have arranged for a collaboration with the Landesdenkmalamt Baden-Württemberg, with the Landesmuseum in Stuttgart, and the Lobdengau museum in Ladenburg. In connection with the colloquium, excursions to the Museum in Stuttgart, which hosts the most extensive collection of Roman monuments in stone in Southern Germany, and to Ladenburg, which is currently a focal point for a wide range of research projects, will be carried out. Lastly, other field trips could potentially lead us to the Limes in Aalen, to Rottenburg, or to the Roman villa in Hechingen Stein.