Book Series ResourceCultures

The series RessourcenKulturen is a medium for the publication of the results of SFB 1070 ResourceCultures, a collaborative research centre located at Tübingen University and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Primarily the series will include dissertations, monographs and conference publications. In order to ensure compliance with common standards of quality control all volumes are subject to an international peer review procedure.

The series will reflect the wide range and the interdisciplinary cooperation of the research centre, including several archaeological disciplines (Prehistoric Archaeology, Medieval Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Scientific Archaeology) as well as Social and Cultural Anthropology, Geography (Human Geography, Physical Geography and Pedology), philologies (Classic Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies), and historical sciences (Ancient History, Medieval History, Economic History).

To guarantee widespread distribution we chose to publish in OpenAccess.

All volumes will be available on the homepage of the University Library (direct link below)

Link to the series RessourcenKulturen on the web portal of the University Library Tübingen

Order option for the print editions of the ResourceCultures series at Book on Demand




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Book series "RessourcenKulturen" at the Leipzig Book Fair



Published Volumes

Jesse Michael Millek, Exchange, Destruction, and a Transitioning Society. Interregional Exchange in the Southern Levant from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron I. RessourcenKulturen 9 (Tübingen 2019).

ISBN (Print): 978‐3‐947251‐10‐0
ISBN (Online): 978‐3‐947251‐11‐7
Language: English
Pages: 363

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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.

Bianka Nessel/Daniel Neumann/Martin Bartelheim, Bronzezeitlicher Transport. Akteure, Mittel und Wege. RessourcenKulturen 8 (Tübingen 2018).


ISBN (Print): 978‐3‐947251‐04‐9
ISBN (Online): 978‐3‐947251‐05‐6
Pages: 410
Language: German and English


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Far-spread contact networks enable transfer and distribution of knowledge, goods and cultural values. Transporting cargo and people may be considered as one of the most important components of such networks. Facilitating transport and developing suitable vehicles, thus always should have been an important issue for humans.

The contributions to this volume derive from lectures held at the meeting ‘Transporte, Transportwege und Transportstrukturen‘ by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Bronzezeit and the collaborative research centre SFB 1070 ResouceCultures. They not only summarise the evidence and state of research about Bronze age routes of transport and vehicles but add to our knowledge complementing it with considerable new insights.

What does the archaeological evidence tell us about the function and meaning of vehicles?

What were their characteristic features? Are our finds remains of well-used or of deliberately destroyed vehicles? What do we learn about related technological and social aspects? How can we imagine the Bronze Age infrastructure in different regions? Are transport-routes to be considered as resources?

This volume gives detailed answers to the questions above and provides a comprehensive overview on finds, evidence and theories.

Marco Krätschmer/Katja Thode/Christina Vossler-Wolf: Klöster und ihre Ressourcen. Räume und Reformen monastischer Gemeinschaften im Mittelalter. RessourcenKulturen 7 (Tübingen 2018).

ISBN (Print): 978‐3‐946552‐23‐9
ISBN (Online): 978-3-946552-24-6
Pages: 120 
Language: German and English


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A wide variety of resources was used by monastic communities in order to maintain themselves and to fulfil their social, political, economic and liturgic role. This did not only include natural raw materials, like water, stone, and wood but intangible resources like spirituality, education, and social relations as well.

In this conference proceedings archaeologists, historians and art historians demonstrate with detailed studies the relevance such resources had within the monastic world. Three sections broach the issue of their importance for the development of spaces, the implementation of reforms, and the economic background, thus highlighting the relationships and tensions between monasteries and secular world.

Martin Bartelheim/Primitiva Bueno Ramírez/Michael Kunst (Hrsg.), Key Resources and Sociocultural Developments in the Iberian Chalcolithic. RessourcenKulturen 6 (Tübingen 2017).


ISBN: 978-3-946552-12-3

Language: English

Pages: 312


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The Iberian Peninsula displays extreme geographic and climatic differences, resulting in very different local preconditions. To what extent are these responsible for the heterogeneous social and cultural development in different regions observable during the 3rd mill. BC? To answer this question it is necessary to identify what was considered to be a resource and to determine how these resources were valuated.

This book aims at investigating and reconstructing the dynamics and the diversity of the socio-cultural manifestations on the Iberian Peninsula in relation to the use of resources in a comprehensive way during the Chalcolithic. In general regional overviews and detailed studies of the use of infrastructure, raw materials or social relations the possibilities to identify key resources as factors in these processes are explored.

Anke K. Scholz/Martin Bartelheim/Roland Hardenberg/Jörn Staecker (Hrsg.), ResourceCultures. Sociocultural Dynamics and the Use of Resources – Theories, Methods, Perspectives. RessourcenKulturen 5 (Tübingen 2017).


ISBN: 978-3-946552-08-6

Language: German and English

Pages: 298


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This volume is a collection of contributions to the international and interdisciplinary Conferences ‘Developments – Movements – Valuations’ from November 6th to 9th 2014 and ‘ResourceCultures – Theories, Methods, Perspectives’ from November 16th to 19th 2015 at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen organised by the Collaborative Research Centre ‘SFB 1070 ResourceCultures – Sociocultural Dynamics in the Use of Resources’. It includes comprehensive papers about theories, approaches and concepts for the exploration of ResourceCultures, applying a diachronic and interdisciplinary perspective according to the vision of the SFB. International experts from a variety of different disciplines present case studies, examining ResourceCultures from the very beginning of human history until the present in a wide variety of cultural contexts. Thus, they demonstrate the manifold facets of ‘resources’ as a category for scientific analysis.

Roland Hardenberg (Hrsg.), Approaching Ritual Economy. Socio-Cosmic Fields in Globalised Contexts. RessourcenKulturen 4 (Tübingen 2016).


ISBN: 978-3-946552-06-2

Language: English

Pages: 308

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This book introduces the concept of socio-cosmic fields for the study of dynamics arising from the confrontation of local and global values. The contributions to this volume include case studies from Georgia, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Each paper is based on intensive ethnographic fieldwork and focuses on particular forms of exchange and provisioning: preparation of sacred food (mahaprasad) in Puri (India), local forms of healing child diseases (kirene) in Kyrgyzstan, religious endowments (vaqf) in Mashhad (Iran), building new religious schools (madrassa) in northern Kyrgyzstan, the distribution of God's blessing (baraka) in Tajikistan, trading and debt relations (karis) in Tajikistan, renewal of deities (nabakalebara) in Odisha (India), feasting after making a pilgrimage (Hajj) in southern Kyrgyzstan and forms of consumption and morality (zneoba) in orthodox Georgian families. Every contributor to this volume raises the question how these forms of exchange and provisioning establish valued relations between the social and the cosmic fields.

Thomas Knopf, Ressourcennutzung und Umweltverhalten prähistorischer Bauern. Eine Analyse archäologischer und ethnographischer Untersuchungen. RessourcenKulturen 3 (Tübingen 2016).


ISBN: 978-3-946552-04-8

Language: German

Pages: 393


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Prehistoric Archaeology uses primarily scientific methods to study the interaction between humans and their environment. Results obtained by this shed light on subsistence strategies and economics. It is much harder to reconstruct the socio-cultural causes of human behaviour, the entanglement of economy, social organisation, religion and other factors. This volume presents a systematic collection of achaeo zoological, archaeo botanical and ethnographic evidence. A critical comparison and analysis allows conclusions about environmental behaviour of societies and communities based on farming. Using a comparative and analogic approach as well as a generalised model, links and interconnections between environment, economy and culture are highlighted.

Frerich Schön/Hanni Töpfer (Hrsg.), Karthago Dialoge. Karthago und der punische Mittelmeerraum - Kulturkontakte und Kulturtransfers im 1. Jahrtausend vor Christus, RessourcenKulturen 2 (Tübingen 2016).


ISBN: 978-3-946552-02-4

Languages: English, French and German

Pages: 344


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This anthology provides insight into recent studies on the multi-faceted, reciprocal, cultural interconnections in the Central Mediterranean during the 1st millennium BC. Starting with the Punic metropolis Carthage the authors analyse culture contact and culture transfers in all the region with Punic settlements, using archaeological as well as historical sources. The manifold dynamics and processes of exchange between its inhabitants and their neighbours in Tunisia, on Sicily and Sardinia and in the Phoenician core region are explored. The papers present the results achieved at the international workshop ‘Karthago Dialoge’ held in November 2013 at the Institut für Klassische Archäologie der Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen.

Raiko Krauss/Harald Floss (Hrsg.), Southeast Europe before Neolithisation. Proceedings of the International Workshop within the Collaborative Research Centres SFB 1070 “RessourcenKulturen”, Schloss Hohentübingen, 9th of May 2014. RessourcenKulturen 1 (Tübingen 2016).


ISBN: 978-3-946552-01-7

Language: English

Pages: 222


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This volume provides an insight into the current state of archaeological research in Southeast Europe and its adjacent regions, spanning chronologically from the Aurignacian to the beginning of the Neolithic period. In ten contributions by leading experts in this field, specific topics in regions ranging from the Aegean Sea, the Carpathians, and Western Anatolia to the Apennine Peninsula and Central Europe are presented. This book represents the proceedings of an international workshop, held in May 2014 in Tübingen as a part of the work of the Collaborative Research Centre 1070 RessourcenKulturen.

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