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Projekte

  • Hillfort of Belsk – the mysterious Scythian city of Gelonus (National Geographic, Grant Number #9332-13)
  • Construction, function and abandonment of Neolithic Enclosures (ORADS P27562-27609)
  • Absolutdatierung Hornsburg (Amt der NÖ Landesregierung, Abteilung Wissenschaft und Forschung, 2013-2014)
  • Beyond the lake villages: Studying Neolithic environmental changes and human impact at small lakes in Switzerland, Germany and Austria (SNF, FWF, DFG, FWF I 1693)

Beyond Lake Villages (FWF I-1693)

Data: Amt der OÖ Landesregierung: DHM, Digitale Othofotos, Franz.Kat. Map: J. Klammer

The international research project “Beyond Lake Villages” is funded within the Joint Projects funding scheme D-A-CH by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the German Science Fund DFG and the Swiss Science Fund SNF.

“Beyond Lake Villages” brings together Austrian, Swiss and German researchers studying the prehistoric lake village sites of Austria, Germany and Switzerland and their wider region. The aim of the international project is to characterize human impact in terms of land use dynamics during the Neolithic with special emphasis on the 4th millennium BC. The Austrian part of the project is hosted by the University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck.

We focus on the Lake Attersee-Mondsee region, including both large and small bodies of water, bogs, and newly discovered ‘hinterland’ sites. The project goals are (i) to establish a high resolution Holocene palaeoenvironmental record for the research area; (ii) to enhance our understanding of landscape in terms of spatial networks (iii) to integrate palaeoenvironmental data sets with archaeological data. The research strategy is composed of an interdisciplinary programme of retrieval of high-resolution palaeoecological and archaeological data. The palaeoecological programme focuses on Lake Mondsee and the small lakes in the hinterland of lakes Attersee and Mondsee. The closely integrated archaeological research includes underwater prospection and landscape work on different spatial scales (micro- to macroregional), but mostly operating at a regional level (LiDAR data-analysis and aerial photography). A GIS-based database of known and newly-discovered sites will be correlated with the new high-resolution palaeoenvironmental data, deepening our understanding of land-use.

 

 

Project Team

Timothy Taylor, principal investigator

Jean Nicolas Haas, national research partner, palaeoecology

Kerstin Kowarik, coordinator of the archaeological project part

Julia Klammer, GIS- and LiDAR analysis

Helena Seidl da Fonseca, diploma student

Extended project team

Research Area

Data: Amt der OÖ Landesregierung: DHM, Geofabrik GmbH, OpenStreetMap. Map: J. Klammer

Data: Amt der OÖ Landesregierung: DHM, Geofabrik GmbH, OpenStreetMap. Map: J. Klammer

Partners

National:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Doneus, University of Vienna, supervision of LiDAR- and GIS-analysis

Dr. Michael Grabner, University of Life Sciences Vienna, dendrochronology

Upper Austrian State Museum, Department of Prehistory and Early History, Dr. Jutta Leskovar, expertise, Zeitensprung-Projekt, PfObDa (Pfahlbauobjektdatenbank)

Kuratorium Pfahlbauten, National Manager Mag. Cyril Dworsky, expertise, support

DORIS, Federal State of Upper Austria, LiDAR data, historical maps, expertise

Bundesdenkmalamt, Abteilung für Archäologie, Expertise in denkmalrechtlichen Belangen

Mag. Jakob Maurer, University of Vienna, associated researcher (PhD-student)

Andreas Mayr, University of Vienna, associated researcher (Diploma student)

 

International:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Albert Hafner, University of Bern, lead partner in international “Beyond Lake Villages” project

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Willy Tinner, University of Bern, project partner in international “Beyond Lake Villages” project

Dr. Othmar Wey, University of Bern, project partner in international “Beyond Lake Villages” project

Dr. Helmut Schlichtherle, Heritage Management Agency Baden-Württemberg, project partner in international “Beyond Lake Villages” project

Dr. Martin Mainberger, project partner in international “Beyond Lake Villages” project

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