DAI/AIA Fellowship for Study in the U.S. granted to staff member of the DAI

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.

Brochure with information about selected projects of the DAI

American Friends of the German Archaeological Institute Berlin 2007, 40 p.; ill. (col.), maps

  • The Imperial Palace on the Palatine (Rome),
  • Reconstruction of the ancient cultural landscape of the Sarno plain (Italy),
  • The Albanum of Domitioan near Castel Gandolfo (Italy),
  • Oppidum Manching – The world of Celts (Germany),
  • Waldgirmes – Rome in the Heart of Germany (Germany),
  • Okolishte – From Stone to metal – A settlement in upheaval (Bosnia-Herzegovina),
  • The Kings Tombs of Abydos (Upper Egypt), Dra’ Abu El Naga – Necropolis (Egypt),
  • Göbekli Tepe – A Mesopotamian Stonehenge (Turkey),
  • Pergamon – rescuing a ancient metropolis (Turkey),
  • Epigraphical Surveys in Lycia (Turkey),
  • Investigation in Islamic Córdoba (Spain),
  • Mogador – The Phoenicians at the edge of the Ancient World (Morroco),
  • Los Castillejos de Alcorrín / Màlaga (Spain),
  • Tayma (Saudi-Arabia),
  • Jabal al-‘Awd – Romans in Arabia Felix (Yemen),
  • Aruchlo: Early Farmers of the Caucasus (Georgia),
  • Coppersmiths in Arisman (Iran),
  • Excavation in the Heart of Palestine – Tall Zira’a (Jordan),
  • National Museum of Herat – A new beginning (Afghanistan),
  • Excavations in Shir – A settlement from the 7th millennium B.C. (Syria),
  • The Royal Tombs of the Scythians at Arzhan in Tuva (Russian Federation),
  • The Proto-Scythian cemetery Liushui (China),
  • Karakorum – The capital of the Mongolian Empire of Genghis Kan (Mongolia),
  • The mysterious Nasca lines (Peru),
  • Who were the creators of the mysterious giant statues on Easter Island?

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