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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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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.

eLearning course about the importance of good research data management (RDM)

2019.02.20With a contribution by Professor Rubina Raja.

Mapping Gerasa: a new and open data map of the site

2019.02.19New publication by Professor and Centre director Rubina Raja, Professor Achim Lichtenberger (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) and David Stott (Unit of Archaeological Information Technology, Moesgaard Museum).

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