Religious Institutions/Households

Research Line C deals with economic relations and functions of religions institutions and households. The role of ritual and household economies, and their shaping of the overall economic patterns are often underestimated in contemporary historical and archaeological analyses. Recognising the potential of ritual and household economies as a major source of new interpretations not only on economic archaeology at the longue durée, but also of new understandings of pre-modern societies as a whole, the researchers in this Line undertake research in the following areas: sacred landscapes of ancient Cyprus; anthropological approaches to pilgrimage centres in India; connectivities in southern Italy between the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Church; the Egyptian Book of the Dead and its economic implications; economic systems of daily life in Classic Maya households; economic structures and households in the Early Bronze Age Mesopotamian city-states; house and family in the ancient Greek world.

Henrike_BackhausEconomic Structures and Processes in Early Bronze Age City-States. A Household-Centered Perspective.
Henrike Backhaus
Economic systems of daily life in Classic Maya society: A household based approach
Els Barnard
Exploring connectivities in Southern Italy between the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Church (AD 0-1000).
Luigi Pinchetti

House and Family in the Hellenistic Period
Ulf-Henning Willée

Modelling Economic Change In late Medieval Cairo Through Religious Architecture
Hend El-Sayed

The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead as an Economic Factor within the Redistribution Complex of Divine Temples
Aris Legowski

The Divine as a Resource: Commodification of Religious Values During Nabakalebara and Ratha Yatra (Puri, Odisha)
Cora Gäbel
Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Cypriot Sanctuaries as Economic Units
Dr. Giorgos Papantoniou

Former Projects

Economic aspects of Pilgrimage in Byzantium
Max Ritter
Economic mentalities in Egypt and the Ancient Near East in the first millennium BC
Dr. Alexander Schütze
Etruskische Heiligtümer des 8.–5. Jhs. v. Chr. als Wirtschaftsräume und Konsumptionsorte von Keramik
Robinson Krämer
Healing and its Value – The Economy of Asclepius’ Sanctuaries
Franziska Weise