Digitale Archäologie und Perspektiven des Digital Cultural Heritage
Besiedlungsmuster frühgeschichtlicher Kulturen des ersten Jahrtausends AD in Zentraleuropa. Vergleichende Studien zur Neustrukturierung und Transformation peripherer Regionen der Germania superior und des Barbaricums zum Ende des Römischen Reichs
The study bridges the still existing gap between the archaeological sciences and applied computer science in order to examine the comprehensive restructuring processes systematically within and outside the Roman Limes during the Migration Period of the 4.−8. cent. AD based on exemplary questions and focused to the end of the Roman Empire. The study applied selected methods of the archaeoinformatics or computational archaeology to help clarify the cultural-historical issues involved. Specialist data from cooperating institutions provided the basis for this study. The backbone for the study is the project's Archaeological Information System (AIS) with a large corpus of specific data supplemented with relevant retro-digitised catalogues and via web interfaces integrated databases. In order to ensure the representativeness of the theses obtained the project use comparative data from several Central European micro-regions. Within this, the aim was on settlement processes of the Migration Period between the Roman Empire and the Early Middle Ages with a short view to the previous La Tène period. Complex settlement patterns and concepts have been analysed using comprehensible statistical methods, which invite for reproduction in the context of further studies.
Armin Volkmann is a prehistorian and geographer with a doctorate in geoarchaeology. At the Excellence Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context of the University of Heidelberg, he headed the transdisciplinary junior research group Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage with a focus on archaeoinformatic studies.