SFB 1070 focuses on exploring the social and cultural dynamics related to the use of resources. The innovative perspective on resources surpasses the traditional economic definitions by far. A considerable number of academic disciplines contribute their expertise to the centre: Archaeology, History, Geography, Classical Philology, Economical History, Cultural and Social Anthropology and Protestant Theology.
The centre comprises three project divisions – A. Developments, B. Movements and C. Valuations – with subjects spanning a geographical frame from Scandinavia to Central and South Asia. From the age of the Neanderthals to the cultures of Mesopotamia, Phoenician and Roman colonisations and the age of Vikings to present times the SFB applies a comprehensive perspective to the use and development of resources in a variety of contexts.