Research Training Group 1878

Welcome on the webpage of the DFG Research Training Group (RTG 1878) ‘Archeology of Pre-Modern Economies’, a joint project of the Archaeological Institutes of the University of Cologne and the University of Bonn.

The Research Training Group started working 1 November 2013. It offers 18 PhD students, three Postdocs, and several associated members a program of structured doctorate training as well as an excellent scientific environment. The aim of the project is to analyse and compare premodern economic systems due to intercultural and diachronic aspects. All the PhD research projects focus on economic issues grouped into  ‘economic networks’, ‘settlement centers and their hinterlands’, and ‘sacred institutions as economic units’ respectively.

Our top priority is to provide PhD students of outstanding excellence an optimal environment for their early career and for making impact. Seminars, panel discussions, workshops are intended to create an inspiring and productive environment with excellent networking opportunities. Invited lecturers and distinguished Mercator Fellows guarantee highest international standards and world wide visibility.

The research training group is a collaboration of several disciplines: Pre- and Protohistory, Classical Archaeology, Provincial Roman Archaeology, Christian Archaeology, Byzantine studies, Islamic Archaeology, Egyptology, Anthropology of the Americas, Ancient History, Anthropology, and Historical Geography. The periods of interests range from the Neolithic until the Medieval Period between Mongolia and the Andes, with a regional focus on the European and Mediterranean regions. In accordance with the topic of the research training group there is a cooperation with the Economic and Geographical Institutes.