Gohar Tepe

The Gohar Tepe-Project has been initiated in 2003 by the Cultural Heritage Organisation of Mazandaran. In 2009, the project was reinstated as a colaborative endeavour with the University of Munich, Germany. The project has unearthed evidence for activity from the Chalcolithic up until the Iron Age periods, during wich the site has served different purposes. Gohar Tepe constitutes the largest archeological site in the Mazandaran Region of northern Iran.

As a participant of the 2012 Summer campaign, I was tasked with documentation of finds from the current and former excavations, using classical photography techniques and Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI).


The Project aims to examine the surroundings of the Achemenid residence in Karacamirli, Azerbaijan; to this end, extensive surveys (incl. geophysics) have been conducted by the LMU Munich since 2013.

During the 2012 preliminary campaign, I served as a photographer in both Georgia and Azerbaidjan.

Tall Zira’a

The Tall Zira’a forms the nexus af the Gadara region in the Wadi al’Arab (Jordan). Its 5000 year long settlement history has been studied since 2003 by the BAI Wuppertal in cooperation with the DEI Jerusalem and the DEI Amman.

As an excavation assistant on the Tall Zira’a-project, I was able to collected my first experiences in the Near East, and was introduced to digital photogrammetry methods and aerial photography using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).