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3rd funding phase granted!

The DFG decided on May 21st to fund the SFB 1070 for four more years. Until 2025 more than 60 scientists will work in around 25 projects about the cultural dynamics of resources.

Online-Workshop of Subproject A03

Trade and Trading Networks as Cultural Resources in Southeastern Iran

When 10.-11. May 2021
Where Online

Dr. des. Mohammad Karami, Dr. Wulf Frauen

PD Dr. Sabine Klocke-Daffa, Prof. Dr. Peter Pfälzner


Via email at:

mohammad.karamispam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de oder wulf-marten.frauenspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Online-Workshop of Subproject C02

Geschichte als politische Ressource

When 29. April 2021
Where Online

Via email at:
peter.zellerspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

International Conference of Subproject A06

Beyond Attribution?! Style and Communication in Visual Media of the Late Bronze and Iron Age Near East

When 12.–14. April 2021
Where Online
Organisation Virginia Herrmann (SFB 1070, IANES, Universität Tübingen) & Elisabeth Wagner-Durand (Vorderasiatische Archäologie, IAW, Universität Freiburg), with additional funding from the DFG

Via email at:

elisabeth.wagnerspam prevention@orient.uni-freiburg.de or virginia.herrmannspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Stylistic analysis is an essential tool for the interpretation of the origins and date of artifacts and the reconstruction of contacts and relations. However, in the broader disciplines of art history and archaeology, there has been a long-running debate about the concept of style that has challenged many of the assumptions underlying stylistic analysis.


Recently, ancient Near Eastern art history has also begun to wrestle with these important theoretical and methodological problems, questioning the methods of connoisseurship and attribution studies and the debatable equation of style with ethnicity or local identity. Emerging perspectives interpret stylistic similarities and differences as denoting historically contingent communities or networks of practice that could be dispersed, shifting, and overlapping, rather than discrete socio-cultural groups. Shared stylistic practices are considered not as passive reflections of these communities, but as an active means of social boundary and identity construction and negotiation.

It is the goal of this conference to explore and define the emerging paradigm shift in ancient Near Eastern art history and archaeology in the treatment of style and stylistic analysis, with special reference to the highly interconnected visual cultures of the Late Bronze and Iron Ages.


Interdisciplinary DFG Network on ‘Island Studies Network’ is Founded

Laura Dierksmeier (Early Modern History) and Frerich Schön (Classical Archaeology), both members of SFB 1070 ResourceCultures at the University of Tübingen, were recently granted funding for the DFG Network entitled ‘Insular Dynamics: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Island Exchanges, Environments, and Perceptions’. The network involves 15 researchers and six guest speakers from nine different countries. Within the network are researchers from the disciplines of history, archaeology, anthropology, digital humanities, geography, literary studies, and philology. The network corresponds with the DFG funding goal to promote early career researchers and sponsor innovative research fields that are distinguished by their interdisciplinary as well as international approach.

The young field of island studies, to which the network aims to contribute, has gained importance on an international level over the past two decades. Studying islands between geographical isolation and cultural connectivity can contribute to current debates in and beyond academia. Island studies provide insight into a long history of migrations and adaptations to climate and environmental changes, as well as the spread of ideas, technology, and also epidemics. Due to their locations along transregional trade routes, island communities reveal practices of exchange, social integration, and intercultural communication. Islands can also be places where old customs, laws, or languages have been preserved. Thus, islands can be studied as both models for the future and as depositories of the past.

Publication within the SFB 1070 Book Series: RessourcenKulturen 12

Prehistoric Mining and Metallurgy at the Southeast Bulgarian Black Sea Coast by Raiko Krauss, Ernst Pernicka, René Kunze, Kalin Dimitrov und Peter Leshtakov (eds.):

This volume presents the results of research on pre-industrial mining in the region along the south-eastern Bulgarian Black Sea coast. During rescue excavations some prehistoric settlements with traces of early of copper processing were uncovered. This initiated a thorough investigation of the copper ore deposits of Burgas, Rosen and Medni Rid that were mined until recently. Their archaeometallurgical investigation was a project of the Tübingen SFB 1070 ResourceCultures. The research results include an overview of the archaeological research along the southern Bulgarian coastal zone of the Black Sea and the now flooded sites in its shore area. The timeframe ranges from the earliest use of metals in the 5th millennium BC to the period of the ‘Greek Colonisation’ and later.

The book is available as print version (Email to unispam prevention@pro-business.de) and as Open Access Download.

International Conference by Project C 04

Speaking to God and the World


When: 25. - 27. März 2021
Where: Online
Organisation: Ruth Conrad, Roland Hardenberg, Matthias Mader, Max Stille

Programme (Flyer)

VolkswagenStiftung: Opus Magnum awarded to Renate Dürr


Prof. Dr. Renate Dürr (project C 05) was awarded the Opus Magnum Grant from the VolkswagenStiftung in January 2021.

The Vikings: A Myth between Pop Culture and Culture of Remembrance

Recent Exhibition in the Virtual Museum

The Vikings are omnipresent in pop culture. Most people will recognize a Viking – for example by a horned helmet – or will be able to identify a Viking ship: The long and narrow shape, the shields on the railing, rudders as well as sails, often with red and white stripes, and the dragon's head attached to the front of the ship (on the stem) – these are the typical attributes. These pictures often illustrate the idea of explorers, plunderers and conquerors who ravaged the world on their warships. These portrayals, however, tell more about our view of history than about historical realities. But where do these stereotypes come from and how authentic are they? This is what this exhibition is about, presenting the Viking myth as a brand, as a place of longing and as a source of identity.

Exhibition: https://museum-ressourcenkulturen.de/en/exhibition/