Duration: ongoing


Duration: Jan 2015 – Dec 2015



Franco-German Figurines Project (FGFP)

Duration: ongoing

The Franco-German Figurines Project (FGFP) is financially supported by the Universities of Strasbourg (France) and Wuerzburg (Germany). Its goal is primarily the recording of the Iron Age female terracotta figurines found in Transjordan and the creation of a refined typology of these objects.

Between spring 2012 and summer 2014, the project team consisting of Regine Hunziker-Rodewald, Astrid Nunn and myself carried out five preparative and seven research stays in France, Germany, and Jordan, as well as in the United-States and Canada. The team exclusively works on material kept in museums, in storage facilities and in university collections. To date 423 female terracotta figurines, 96% of them fragments, have been registered.

Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) produces dense surface data of captured objects, by far surpassing traditional photography in the versatility of its output format.
In my function as the head of documentation, I have recorded 229 figurines from collections in the US, Canada and Jordan using the RTI highlight method. I was also given the opportunity to hold lectures on this subject in the US, France and Germany.

Check out the following pages for more information on RTI:
Selected examples from the FGFP
Accuracy analysis
Alternative visualistion approaches
Quality enhancement experiments
Automation concepts


Hattusa Temple I – Project

Duration: Nov 2011 – Dec 2014

The primary goal of this DFG-funded project was a thorough evaluation of philological and archeological clues that could lead to a more detailed reconstruction of the archives of the Great Temple at Ḫattusa/Boğazköy, the capitol of the Hittite empire (ca. 1600-1180BC). These clues included its localization, dating, hosted tablet categories and relation to other archives in the city complex.

As a scientific assistant, I focused on the archeological aspects of excavations at Ḫattusa/Boğazköy. My tasks included the georeferencing of old maps and plans, as well as the reconstruction of excavation events from the first campaigns using old photographs and manuscripts.