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Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies

This research and teaching area covers the Eastern Mediterranean (the Aegean, Cyprus, Anatolia, the Levant and Mesopotamia) from the late fourth millennium through to the early first millennium BCE. This is an extremely exciting time in human history, where we see the appearance and establishment of what may be called early complex societies, including the first surviving evidence of written records for administrative purposes. Great transformations occur over these millennia in social structures and how humans relate to their surroundings; there are also continued and varied interactions of the different regions throughout the Eastern Mediterranean both in terms of material culture and the circulation of ideas.

The area is investigated through archaeology, material culture, art and written sources. We conduct both in-depth studies in each of these areas and integrated analysis combining text, iconography and archaeology. Our projects and publications involve international collaborations with colleagues at a range of universities across Europe, the Middle East and the USA (see below for some of our current and past projects).

The research interests of Early complex societies in the Eastern Mediterranean include ceramics and glyptics, human-animal relations, palace administration, ritual and religious practices, burial practices, memory and identity, interaction and exchange networks, Sumerian, Akkadian, Linear B, Hittite and Luwian language, and Hurrian language, culture and history, military and war, gender roles, and digital archaeology.

Head of Department

Univ.-Prof. PhD Laerke Recht


Ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Klaus Tausend

Scientific Staff

Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michaela Zinko

Univ.-Ass. Eirini Paizi, B.A. M.A.

Other employees in Science and Study

Tatiana Frühwirt, MA

Univ.-Doz. Dr.phil. Hannes Galter

Elena Malagoli, MA

PD Mag. Dr.phil. Peter Panitschek

Student Research Assistant

Marina Schutti, BA


Mag. Sabine Sturmann


Internationales Graduiertenkolleg "Stumme und resonante Weltbeziehungen in sozio-religiösen Praktiken der Antike und Gegenwart"

Laufzeit: 2021-2024

FWF (Fonds z. Förderung d. wissensch. Forschung)


Critical Theory of Archaeology

www.critique-of-ar.net. Associate Editor. 2013-present


Urkesh Ceramic Typology

www.urkesh.org/mz/a/CERAMICS/ugr/-frame.htm 2013-present


Animals in Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology

Archaeological Theory

Archaeology of Prehistoric Cyprus

Die Kunst der assyrischen Palastreliefs

Einführung in die Keilschrift und die sumerische Sprache

Frauen und ihre Rechtsstellung im Alten Orient und in der Antike

Geschichte des archaischen Griechenland im Spiegel der Inschriften

Grundzüge der Geschichte und Kulturen des Alten Orients

Handel und Handelsrouten in der Antike

Hattusa - Ein Rundgang durch Geschichte, Kultur und Religion der Hethiter

Hurriter und Hurritisch (Geschichte, Kultur und Sprache)

Introduction to Aegean Prehistory

Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia

Kisch und die Kultur der frühen Semiten in Mesopotamien

Mesopotamian Arts and Crafts

Migration im Altertum

Minoische Paläste und mykenische Burgen

Textanalyse: Sumerische Herrscherbriefe

Informationen zum aktuellen Studienangebot am Institut für Antike finden Sie in UniGrazOnline / Institut für Antike - Lehrveranstaltungen

Head of institute

Univ.-Prof. Dr.habil.

Wolfgang Spickermann

Institut für Antike

Phone:+43 316 380 - 2340

Opening hours

Mo.-Fr. 09:00 - 12:00

+43 (0)316 380 - 8050, 8122


Mo und Thu: 09:00 – 16:00

Tue und Wen: 10:00 -17:00

Fr: 09:00 – 13:00

If you have any questions feel free to get in contact with us antike(at)uni-graz.at.

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