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/

Publication of the SFB 1070 Book Series: RessourcenKulturen 11

Waters. Conference proceedings for “Waters as a Resource” by Sandra Teuber, Anke Scholz, Thomas Scholten and Martin Bartelheim (Hrsg.):

This volume contains the conference contributions of scientists of the SFB 1070 presented at the conference “Waters as a Resource”, which was organized in cooperation with DEGUWA (Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Unterwasserarchäologie e.V.) and took place in Tübingen from March 15th to 18th 2018.
The conference proceedings focus on different resources provided by waters or on the ResourceComplexes connected to them. After a brief reflection on theories and methods used within the SFB 1070 to study and understand resources, conceptions of water bodies in cultural anthropology and archaeology are compared using the examples of the Guadalquivir and Syr Darya Rivers. The third contribution investigates water management on islands and its influences on the identity of the islanders. The fourth chapter shows how seclusion on islands can be an important resource for island communities in the Strait of Sicily. Waters as means for identity formation in medieval monasteries is the focus of the fifth chapter, which is followed by a contribution that investigates the impact of maritime food sources on Viking Life.  The last study analyses Greek settlements in the Black Sea. All contributions illustrate how a new perspective on resources opens up new possibilities for interpretation.

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

Moving Materials?

Trade has connected distant regions throughout human history. It is hardly ever a simple exchange of material goods (raw materials, food, tools), but also involves the transfer of knowledge, practices and technologies (intangible resources). By looking at objects, archaeologists, geographers and anthropologists can understand the complexity of these exchange relationships. Thus, the following objects from the fields of economy, culture and food show the influence of trade on the development of social structures – and how the mobility of goods and people can be traced through time.

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

Publication of the SFB 1070 Book Series: RessourcenKulturen 10

Ur- und frühgeschichtliche Siedlungsdynamiken zwischen Gunst- und Ungunsträumen in Südwestdeutschland. Landschaftsarchäologische Untersuchungen zur Baar und den angrenzenden Naturräumen des Schwarzwaldes und der Schwäbischen Alb by Jan Johannes Miera:

Die Untersuchung von Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen gehört zu den Schwerpunkten der siedlungs- und landschaftsarchäologischen Forschung. Ur- und frühgeschichtliche Siedlungsdynamiken zwischen Gunst- und Ungunsträumen werfen eine Reihe von Fragen hinsichtlich der auslösenden Faktoren für die Erschließung und Wahrnehmung bzw. Nutzung von Landschaften mit unterschiedlichen agrarwirtschaftlichen Voraussetzungen auf. Im Fokus der vorliegenden Arbeit stehen eine theoretische und methodische Auseinandersetzung mit diesem Themenkomplex innerhalb der deutschsprachigen Prähistorischen Archäologie sowie eine Untersuchung von ur- und frühgeschichtlichen Siedlungsdynamiken anhand eines Fallbeispiels aus dem südwestdeutschen Raum. Ausgehend von einer archäologischen Quellenkritik werden mittels Geographischer Informationssysteme (GIS) Veränderungen in der Landnutzung auf der Baar und in angrenzenden Naturräumen der Südostabdachung des Mittleren Schwarzwaldes sowie der Schwäbischen Alb erfasst und mit Erkenntnissen aus anderen Untersuchungsregionen diskutiert. Die Datenbasis umfasst 1826 Fundstellen aus der Zeit vom Paläolithikum bis zum Ende des Hochmittelalters und wird durch AMS-Radiokarbondatierungen von Holzkohleproben und OSL-Datierungen von Sedimentproben aus Kolluvien ergänzt. Die Synthese dieser archäologischen und bodenkundlichen Daten ermöglicht es, die wechselnde Erschließung und Konzeptualisierung der Baar, des Schwarzwaldes und der Schwäbischen Alb zu erfassen. Durch die Berücksichtigung von theoretischen Ansätzen aus der Anthropologie und Geographie werden alternative Perspektiven für den archäologischen Umgang mit Gunst- und Ungunsträumen aufgezeigt.

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

Application for Conference

Burg - Adel - Landschaft
Burgen als landschaftsprägende Ressourcen im Mittelalter
When 22. - 23. October 2020
Where Online


Project Management

Jonas Froehlich

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Hirbodian, Prof. Dr. Rainer Schreg

Application possible until 19.10.2020 via sekretariat.ifglspam prevention@ifgl.uni-tuebingen.de


Charity for and by the Poor

Publication of Dr. Laura Dierksmeier

When Spain colonized Latin America during the sixteenth century, Spanish missionaries employed various strategies to convert indigenous inhabitants to the Catholic faith, including running schools, organizing choirs, and establishing charitable brotherhoods, known as confraternities.

In this book, Laura Dierksmeier investigates how the reformed Franciscans’ vocation to missionize Mexico gave rise to an extensive network of local confraternities and their respective care institutions. She shows how the Franciscan missionary instructions to promote the works of mercy as an embodiment of charity inspired the goals, governance, and operations of indigenous confraternities, their hospital and orphan care, as well as their contributions to the moral economy, for instance, through the release of debt prisoners and money lending to the poor.

Through an analysis of confraternity record books, lawsuits, last wills, missionary correspondence, and parish records, Dierksmeier argues that confraternities became an essential institution to assist the population during epidemics, to integrate the different indigenous classes from the former Aztec Empire, and to safe-guard indigenous self-governance within religious spheres.

Most notably, Franciscan-established confraternities built social structures where the poor could be not only recipients of assistance but also, through their voluntary participation, self-empowered agents of community care; charity was provided for and by the poor.

Link to Publication

Press Release (29.07.2020)

Time Travel on your couch

The ResourceCultures collaborative research center takes visitors to lost worlds via its virtual museum


What do 3000-year-old artefacts from the royal crypt at Qaṭna in Syria have in common with the thousand-year-old wall of Haithabu in northern Germany and the medieval castles of Staufeneck and Ramsberg in southern Germany? They all represent power. And they are all part of the exhibition “Symbols of Power - (In)visible Representation” at the virtual museum built by the ResourceCultures collaborative research center at the University of Tübingen. The museum opened in March and can be visited online.
The visitor can virtually stroll through three rooms, examining objects such as donut stones from Iran, ancient cisterns on Mediterranean islands, and Viking cats. Or you can click your way through the many projects in the collaborative research center’s depot. Following a timeline, you can explore projects from the Early Stone Age right up to the present day. These projects are being carried out by interdisciplinary researchers from the fields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, history and geoscience, and many more.
“We came up with the idea for the museum about two years ago,” says Professor Thomas Thiemeyer, who heads the museum’s project group. “We want to address the public as well as academics, outlining how our research works and how we analyze artefacts which may be thousands of years old; how we arrive at new information which is relevant to us today.” “It was a challenge to work with the more than 60 members of our collaborative research center in one joint project,” says research coordinator Dr. Sandra Teuber. She adds that the most impressive thing was that everyone made a contribution with ideas, photos, videos and texts - alongside their research work.

The 1070 ResourceCultures virtual museum lets people take a trip into the past from the comfort of their own homes - making it the ideal visitor’s tip for these times.


This way to the museum!  https://museum-ressourcenkulturen.de  
Press Release is online
Download Press Release: 2020-04-29_Virtual_Museum_SFB

News from Paola and her team

We are still in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. We came here 6 weeks ago for our last study season (Project B07). The airport is closed at the moment, but we hope it will be re-opened by the end of the month, so that we can fly safely home as soon as possible.

We are all well, we try to make the best use of the time we have left here.

Mesa Redonda & Siete Arroyos Fieldwork

The A02 team spent some time at Mesa Redonda and Siete Arroyos (Villaverde, Spain) doing fieldwork, prior to the Covid-19 shut down in Spain and the new measures taken in Germany. We are happy that they returned to Germany safely and are now working remotely from home. Still, we are looking forward too hear about their results and stories from the field!

The S project of the SFB 1070 RessourcenKulturen supports Folding@home

Folding@home is a global project to study the mechanisms of protein folding. This is of great importance for many medical topics such as Alzheimer's, cancer and currently the corona virus. With the SFB 1070's powerful workstations for machine learning, it will contribute to data analysis in a mainframe computer network.