Internationale Konferenz zum Chorakloster/der Kariye Camii am 27./28. April online

Die internationale Konferenz/ der Graduate Workshop „Biography of a Landmark. The Chora Monastery and Kariye Camii in Constantinople/Istanbul from Late Antiquity to the 21st Century“ der Universität Fribourg CH findet am 27. und 28. April online statt.

Das Programm und weitere Details HIER!

Kieler Bilddatenbank Naher Osten

Hier der LINK!

KiBiDaNO ist eine vom Institut für Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft und Biblische Archäologie der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (em. Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Bartelmus) initiierte und verantwortlich betreute Bild-Datenbank zum Nahen Osten (Irak, Iran, Israel, Jordanien, Libanon, Palästina, Syrien, Türkei – später auch Ägypten bzw. Sinai), deren Bilder in der veröffentlichten Form von jedermann privat oder in Zusammenhang mit Lehrveranstaltungen kostenlos genutzt werden können.

Call for Papers für die Tagung „Frühgeschichte! – Aber wie?“

CALL FOR PAPERS zur Sitzung der AG Spätantike und Frühmittelalter (AGSFM) an der gemeinsamen Tagung des MOVA und des WSVA vom 4. bis 5.10.2021 in Jena zum Thema „Frühgeschichte! – Aber wie? Die frühgeschichtliche Archäologie und die neuesten Methoden.“

Vorschläge für Vorträge können bis zum 30. April 2021 eingereicht werden.

Alle weiteren Informationen HIER!

In memoriam

Liebe Mitglieder der Arbeitsgemeinschaft,

leider müssen wir Ihnen erneut zur Kenntnis geben, dass Mitglieder unserer Arbeitsgemeinschaft verstorben sind. Wir trauern um Prof. Dr. Uwe Lobbedey, der am 5. Januar 2021 in Münster im Alter von 83 Jahren verstarb, und um Dr. Matthias Exner, der bereits am 20. Dezember 2020 von uns gegangen ist. Mit diesen beiden Persönlichkeiten verliert unsere Arbeitsgemeinschaft zwei herausragende Forscher auf dem Gebiet der mittelalterlichen Bau- und Kunstgeschichte und der Denkmalpflege, die ihr hohes Berufs- und Arbeitsethos auch stets mit größtem Engagement an Studierende weitergegeben haben.

Angehörigen und Freunden der Verstorbenen sprechen wir unser aufrichtiges Beileid aus.

Das Kunsthistorische Institut der Universität Münster würdigt Uwe Lobbedey in einem Nachruf:

Einen Nachruf auf Matthias Exner hat der Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker veröffentlicht:

Für den Vorstand
Ihre Ute Verstegen

Call for Papers für die Jahrestagung 2022 des AIA

Die 123. Jahrestagung des Archaeological Institute of America wird vom 7. bis 10. Januar 2022 in San Francisco stattfinden.

Vorschläge für Vorträge für die Sektion „Archaeological Approaches to the Byzantine House“, die von Foteini Kondyli und Katerina Ragkou organisiert wird, können bis zum 9. April 2021 eingereicht werden.

Hier die weiteren Informationen zur Ausschreibung:

Call for papers: Archaeological Approaches to the Byzantine House Proposed Colloquium Session for the 2022 AIA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, January 7-10, 2022

Co-organizers: Fotini Kondyli – Katerina Ragkou

Household archaeology has long been recognized as a fruitful avenue for peopling ancient living spaces, exploring the socioeconomic and political activities of ordinary people, and examining ancient households’ relation to broader social structures (Robin 2003; Souvatzi 2008). Yet the Byzantine house remains a more static unit of analysis, with emphasis in scholarship placed mainly on the description of empirical data and on issues of house typologies and function. On the one hand, such studies are important because they provide a solid foundation for the study of Byzantine houses, and if anything, more work is needed on the house form and function of non-elites. On the other hand, theoretical interpretive approaches can help us develop a more robust social archaeology of households and engage with larger conversations about Byzantine social and spatial practices through the study of micro-household histories.

This session seeks to contribute to the discussion of Byzantine houses in three main ways. The main goal is to explore how the study of houses relates to broader questions of individual and collective identities. We seek to reconstruct house and household biographies, relying on architectural and archaeological features, as well as finds assemblages. In doing so, we consider not only architectural forms and activity areas in and around houses, but also the sociopolitical role of households as reflected in the archaeological record. We also approach houses as both public and private spaces; we thus turn to houses’ spatial organization as well as to their relation with other structures and spaces such as churches and streets, and examine how such spatial practices informed and reflected notions of safety, privacy, comfort and collectiveness.  We are equally interested in the symbolic aspects of the Byzantine house from evidence of household cult and rituals to features as elements of social memory (e.g. household burials, use of spolia), and of socio-economic status (e.g. house facades, storage facilities). We seek contributions that span geographically and temporally and showcase different methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of the Byzantine house. We welcome the discussion of new archaeological material as well as the critical reevaluation of already published sites and houses. We particularly encourage junior colleagues to present their research, even if it is still “work in progress”.

If you are interested in giving a paper please email Fotini Kondyli: and/or Katerina Ragkou: by the 9th of April 2021.

Petition: Support the Greek Museums



Dear colleagues,
we are writing to ask for your support in our effort to preserve the current legal status of the five largest Greek public museums and avert their transformation into Legal Entities governed by Public Law, resulting in their severance from the Archaeological Service.The petition attached has been written on the initiative of Greek university professors, who have embraced our cause with enthusiasm. Ifyou agree with its contents, please forward your answer to the following e-mail: Very many thanks in advance,The archaeologists of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Dear Prime Minister,
It was with great surprise and disquiet that we were recently informed of the imminent introduction to the Greek Parliament of a bill that will change the legal status of your country’s five largest public archaeological museums (the National Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine and Christian Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion), at present organic components of the Ministry of Culture, to Legal Entities governed by Public Law. These museums, with which we have the strongest ties, have always been an integral part of the Greek Archaeological Service. The severance of that connection consequent on such legislation would have the most undesirable consequences for the future of museums and archaeological activity in Greece.
The collections of these museums illuminate the history of all the major regions of Greece and, further, illustrate the spread of Hellenic culture far beyond the territory of the Greek state, as is especially the case with the National Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine and Christian Museum. We have followed the impressive work of all of them through their numerous exhibitions, scientific catalogues and other publications, educational and cultural activities and, of course, the fine re-exhibitions of their permanent collections – not to mention the international awards granted to them over recent decades. We observe too that both the preservation of the archaeological wealth of Greece, during a period when many museum collections worldwide are being dissolved, and the dissemination of archaeological research, owe much to these state organisations and, indeed, to the current Greek legislation under which they operate.
The proposed change in the legal status of the five museums raises deep concerns. As archaeologists, historians, museologists, art historians, members of Academies, university professors and researchers, we fear that the forthcoming conversion will degrade their primary function as centres for the safe guarding of antiquities for future generations, for research and documentation of the past, for the advancement of science and diffusion of knowledge. We believe that they will concentrate one-sidedly on services of commercial character, e.g. shops, restaurants, cafés, rental of Museum spaces, etc., services that are undoubtedly important but secondary. Museums must aim higher than economic profitability – at the education and edification of people at large.
Dear Prime Minister, we ask you not to permit the severance of these major Museums from the Archaeological Service which, together with the Archaeological Departments of the Universities, the Archaeological Society of Athens and the Foreign Archaeological Schools, has been at the forefront of the development of Archaeological Science. On the contrary, we invite you to further strengthen them with personnel, and with financial and technical resources. It is, after all, accepted in international archaeological and museum practice (and evident in the related bibliography) that museum collections should be treated as inseparable from their historical and excavation (and consequently also administrative and managerial) context and should in no way be divorced from it. Do not exclude the archaeological collections of Museums and Ephorates of Antiquities from the benefits and duties of joint management, which will enable ancient Greek and Byzantine material culture to remain what we all wish it to be: a common cultural heritage.
The transformation of public museums into Legal Entities governed by Public Law would run completely counter to their long history and tradition as public assets, fatally change their character and compromise their key role in society.


Online-Vortrag „(Re)using the past: Reuse practices in Late Antique and Early Islamic Palmyra“ am 23.2.

Einladung zum Vortrag

von Emanuele Intagliata (Aarhus)

„(Re)using the past: Reuse practices in Late Antique and Early Islamic Palmyra“

am Dienstag, 23. Februar 2021 um 18:00 Uhr c. t.

Anmeldung hierzu unter folgendem LINK.