Moving Materials?

Recent Exhibition in the Virtual Museum

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.


Love - Violence - Intrigue

What do the Bayeux Carpet, the Iwein frescoes of Rodenegg Castle or the rune stone of Stora Hammars have in common? They are pictorial sources that allow very special access to the past: the content of a picture is just as exciting as the circumstances of its creation or reception or the material on/from which it was created.

The analysis of image sources therefore requires the cooperation of a wide range of disciplines. In the case of the Iwein frescoes, for example, questions of art-historical analysis as well as their interpretation in literary studies, the historical contextualization of their creation or their location in the castle from an architectural and archaeological perspective arise.

Valerie Palmowski and Jonas Froehlich explored such questions with students of history and archaeology in the winter semester. The interdisciplinary approach of the course "Love - Violence - Intrigue. Interdisciplinary Interpretation of "Living" Image Sources" was equally challenging, exciting and informative for teachers and students alike. A highlight was the short excursion to the old town of Tübingen - image source analysis on site!

The latest volume has now been published in the book series RessourcenKulturen:

Exchange, Destruction, and a Transitioning Society. Interregional Exchange in the Southern Levant from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron I von Jesse Michael Millek.

The dissertation, which is also the 9th volume of the book series RessourcenKulturen, deals with the following:

The end of the Late Bronze Age ca. 1200 BC in the Eastern Mediterranean is traditionally viewed as an end point. Great empires collapsed, prominent cities were destroyed, interregional exchange disappeared, and writing systems were all but lost in most of the Eastern Mediterranean. The goal of this volume is to examine one key aspect of the transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron I in the Southern Levant, the development and changes in interregional exchange both over time and regionally.

Twelve non-local types of material culture were collected into a database in order to track the development of interregional exchange over the course of the LBA to the Iron I. With this data, this volume explores what affect, if any, did changes in interregional exchange have on the ‘collapse’ of the LBA societies in the Southern Levant. Another key aspect of this work is an examination of the supposed wave of destruction which took the Southern Levant by storm to see if these events might have affected trade and contributed to the transitions during the end of the LBA into the Iron I. In all this work seeks to understand what changes took place in interregional exchange, how might destruction have affected this, and was this the cause for the transition to the Iron I.

To ensure the broadest possible dissemination of the SFB's results, the volumes are not only available in printed form, but also as OpenAccess download.

The virtual museum of the SFB 1070 is now online!

The virtual museum is our way of showing you how we gain new insights through the analysis of material culture. Our museum is divided into three exciting rooms: the depot, where 21 subprojects are presented, the collection which explains what we do and how we work with individual objects from our research and changing exhibitions on current SFB research topics. The current exhibition deals with the topic: "Symbols of Power - (In)visible Representation".

Click on the picture or follow the link

And here he is ...

          ... the new SFB bus ...

                    ... marked and ready to drive!


The Collaborative Research Centre 1070 ResourceCultures does great PR!

On the Occasion of the 50th anniversary of its program ‚Collaborative Research Centers‘ the German Research Community DFG presented an article about it in its online magazine. Out of 260 Collaborative Research Centers in whole Germany they chose to present seven for being great examples of PR. Among them: the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1070 ResourceCultures. We are very proud of that, because it shows that we are on the right track. Amongst the events our research centre had carried out they named especially three: The exhibition ‚Curse and Blessing of Resources‘ at the museum of the university at the castle of Tübingen wich took place from October 2016 until January 2017, Children’s University Tübingen, where kids could discover bronze age resources by playing and last years school project: ‚The world is our field‘. In this project our researchers and students were able to give pupils some insights into various subjects of Cultural Anthropology. Our Collaborative Research Centre SFB 1070 ResourceCultures is one out of seven at the University of Tübingen. We are funded by the German Research Community DFG since 2013. Researchers from different fields of Archaeology, Philology, the science of history, Cultural Anthropology and empirical Cultural Studies are working at a new understanding of the concept of resources. DFG is funding the staff, invests in scientific devices and finances field trips, symposia, guest lectures, international cooperations, PR, and programs concerning young researchers as well as gender equity. We congratulate the German Research Community DFG on this anniversary and we want to give our sincere thanks for allowing us at SFB 1070 ResourceCultures to do our research.