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Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW)

The Austrian Academy of Sciences' research institutes IKAnt and OREA will act as the main co-operating partner experienced in the respective fields of research.

Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture (IKAnt)

The research of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture (IKAnt) covers a wide cultural-historical range with studies reaching from the Archaic to the Byzantine period and including the entire Mediterranean region, the Roman Danube provinces, Iran, Central Asia as well as the Indo-Iranian borderlands. The focus of research is not on providing sources through excavations, but rather on the compilation, edition and analysis of archaeological, epigraphic, numismatic, papyrological and literary sources. Of special interest are aspects of cultural, political, social, economic and legal history as well as questions of a supra-regional range. These studies mostly represent an approach which differs from that of the disciplines of Classical Studies at the universities or at institutes focusing on the preservation of monuments or on field archaeology, and complement it.

Within the framework of the projects, which are throughout part of intra- as well as interdisciplinary and international networks, subject-specific methods (and sometimes specially developed software) for the analysis of finds and findings are being further developed as well. The results are regularly put up for international discussion and made public through conferences, publications and databases.  

The declared aim is the publication of the results, for which, according to the field of research, several series and periodicals are available.  In addition, the consistent integration of young scholars into current research projects provides them with a sound basis for further education and promotion.

Finally, the institute is in charge of several international long-term commitments of the academy for the publication of corpora and lexica.

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Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA)

The Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology, founded in 2013, covers essential prehistoric and early historical cultural developments from the Orient to Europe. This mission is reflected in the three core departments Europe, Egypt and the Levant, and Aegean and Anatolia. The orient and occident are frequently understood as counterpoints in different worlds and explored separately. In this research institute, these areas are deliberately considered a common cultural bracket for crucial advances of human (pre)history and are therefore explored together. The focus of foundational research lies in the time horizon from the Quaternary, about 2.6 million years ago, to the transformation of societies into historical epochs in the first millennium BC.

Research methods include archaeological field work (excavations and surveys), material culture studies with diverse archaeometric methods, and interdisciplinary cooperations with a range of different disciplines include archaeozoology, archaeobotanics, anthracology, biological anthropology, palaeogenetics, climatology, geoarchaeology and landscape modelling. The basic analysis and interpretation of early cultures lies at the core of research efforts, which aim to include all possible sources. The study of chronologies, art and early writing as well as a broad socio-cultural spectrum including religion, ideologies and identities compliment research at the institute.

Researchers cover a wide range of subjects from Prehistoric Archaeology, Egyptology, Sudanese Archaeology,  Near Eastern and early Greek Archaeology to various philologies.

Targeted research on different priorities is concentrated in research groups spanning departments and designed to be trans-regional and diachronic. Research groups are constantly being initiated and developed to pick up new trends in the research landscape and provide new impetus.

The Institute publishes five publication series and two international journals. The publications reflect the core research areas and comply with the highest scientific standards through international evaluation procedures and advisory boards.

OREA  Publications of the Institute for Oriental and European Archaeology

CChEM  Contributions to the Chronology of the Eastern Mediterranean in the Second Millennium BC

CAENL   Contributions to the Archaeology of Egypt, Nubia and the Levant

UZK   Untersuchungen der Zweigstelle Kairo des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts (Analyses of the Cairo branch of the Austrian Archaeological Institute)

MPK  Mitteilungen der ehem. Prähistorischen Kommission (Communications of the Prehistoric Commission)

Egypt and the Levant. International Journal of Egyptian Archaeology and neighbouring regions (Ägypten & Levante. Internationale Zeitschrift für ägyptische Archäologie und deren Nachbargebiete)

Archaeologia Austriaca. Journal on the Archaeology of   Europe (Zeitschrift zur Archäologie Europas)

For ongoing national and international quality assurance as well as additional research funding, the Institute strives for success in competitive external funding. Current financial support is provided by the Austrian Research Fund (FWF), the ERC, the EU Marie Curie programme and INSTAP as well as by the Austrian National Bank (ÖNB), the White Levy Fund, the City of Vienna, the County of Lower Austria and various private foundations. 

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