The first recipient of the DAI/AIA Study in the U.S. Fellowship is Claudia Winterstein, a graduate engineer in architecture with main focus on building archaeology (Bauforschung). She will be in residence at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, from mid-January to mid-April 2009.
Ms. Winterstein is a graduate assistant in the Division of Building Archaeology at the German Archaeological Institute’s head office in Berlin. Her doctoral dissertation project is “Sekerhane Köskü in Selinus. Architectural Research on the Assumed Cenotaph for Emperor Trajan”, in which she researches this building’s original use and appearance on the basis of elaborate documentation of its current state and disentanglement of its different construction phases.
Field work in Turkey has been accomplished recently, and interpretation of the documentation and collected data are being carried out now. Within the scope of the DAI/AIA Fellowship at the Cotsen Institute, Ms. Winterstein will conduct intensive library study to arrange the data collected during field work into a wider context. The documented architectural decoration and the figurative reliefs of Sekerhane Köskü will be compared to published material, to make the building’s graphical reconstruction and its classification possible.
Of particular interest is the historical and social background for the formation of an imperial monument in Selinus, and its legacy in that remote provincial area of the Roman Empire.
Further information on the subject can be obtained from the Website of the Archaeological Institute of America.