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Ceramics in Context


Ceramics were a ubiquitous commodity in Antiquity. Due to its high prevalence and functionality, ceramics constitute a source of absolutely fundamental empirical material in archaeology, which can be studied across time and space. The development of distinguishable types (studies of form development - typologies) that slowly but surely evolved (often over centuries) serves as the most important dating criteria in Classical Archaeology. As a result, an understanding of society in Antiquity relies heavily on the exploration and understanding of ceramics. This 3-year research project, involving an assistant professor, a PhD student and student assistants, takes a context-first approach to the study of ceramics, and the aim is to optimise the gain of this important group of materials through contextualisation.

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Associate Professorship in Urban Archaeology

2019.06.26The Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) and the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invite applications for an associate professorship (tenured position) in the archaeology of urban societies.

Examples of a minimus (top), a pre-reform Umayyad fals of Skythopolis imitating a Byzantine follis of Justin II and a purely epigraphic post-reform Umayyad fals of Jerash. Scale in cm (Photo: The Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project).

From nummi minimi to fulūs - small change and wider issues: characterising coinage from Gerasa/Jerash (Late Roman to Umayyad periods)

2019.06.26New publication by Assistant professor Thomas Birch, former Postdoc Vana Orfanou, Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Professor Rubina Raja, Assistant professor Gry Barfod, Professor Charles E. Lesher, Independent scholars Ingrid Schulze and Wolfgang Schulze.

Map of Jerash (Photo: The Danish-German Jerash Northwest Quarter Project).

Urban-Riverine Hinterland Synergies in Semi-Arid Environments: Millennial-Scale Change, Adaptations, and Environmental Responses at Gerasa/Jerash

2019.06.25New publication by Professor Rubina Raja, Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Professor Eivind Seland (University of Bergen), Tim Kinnaird (University of St Andrews) and Professor Ian Simpson (University of Stirling).

German-Danish team unearth building in Jerash destroyed by earthquake in 749 AD

2019.06.03During excavation work carried out by the German-Danish team in Jerash, remains of a building constructed on the bedrock and destroyed by the earthquake in 749 AD were found.

PhD degree awarded

2019.04.05Alex Peterson defends his PhD thesis.

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