Walter Gauß - G. Klebinder-Gauß - C. von Rüden (eds), The Transmission of Technical Knowledge in the Production of Ancient Mediterranean Pottery, SoSchrÖAI 54 (Wien 2015).

Sabine Ladstätter, Die Türbe im Artemision. Ein frühosmanischer Grabbau in Ayasoluk/Selçuk und sein kulturhistorisches Umfeld, SoSchrÖAI 53 (Wien 2015).

Projects: Geographical Overview

Award for Junior Researcher of the OeAI

View from the palace complex above the theater of Ephesos on to the lower city and the harbor plains (Photograph: OeAW-OeAI/N. Gail)
View from the palace complex above the theater of Ephesos on to the lower city and the harbor plains (Photograph: OeAW-OeAI/N. Gail)

The Post-DocTrack pilot program of the OeAW provides support for highly qualified young researchers of the humanities and the social and cultural sciences in the transition phase immediately following the completion of the doctorate. In December 2016 Christoph Baier, a researcher at the OeAI, was awarded a twelve month Post-DocTrack scholarship. The receipt of this scholarship of the OeAW makes it possible for him to prepare the publication of his dissertation as a monograph as well as to develop his own research project in Greece and to build up an international research network.


In his dissertation »A Hellenistic palace complex above the theater of Ephesos and its development throughout Late Antiquity« (advisers: Klaus Rheidt [BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg] and Sabine Ladstätter [OeAI, University of Vienna]) Christoph Baier investigated an architectural ensemble that influences the general understanding of the urban planning and development of monumental architecture in the ancient metropolis of Ephesos. Interdisciplinary research as part of his dissertation project illustrated that a new quarter was created above the Great Theater of the city in the 2nd century B.C. Due to its outstanding location and monumental architecture it shaped the urban landscape up into the 6th century A.D. The new data suggests that the investigated building complex is one of only a few archaeologically known ancient administrative buildings. This circumstance lends exceptional significance to the palace complex within the study of Hellenistic-Roman hegemonic architecture (Herrschaftsarchitektur).


The Post-Doc project of the scholarship holder on the urbanism of the ancient town of Lousoi in the Northern Peloponnese also deals with ancient building and urban planning archaeology. The scholar will be working at the Athens branch of the OeAI. The aim of the project is to collate the detailed results of the Austrian excavations to date in an analysis of the urban development of the entire settlement. The combination of different archaeological and scientific methods will lead to a better understanding for the rapid development of Lousoi between the late 4th and the 2nd century B.C. taking into account its historical background and its geographical and ecological context. Detailed archaeological investigations of the monumental buildings in the center of the ancient city are promising and will reveal essential insights into the material culture and the specific forms of expression relating to the interplay between local traditions and supra-regional influences. The planned research also is a contribution to the currently much discussed archaeological topic surrounding the importance of local traditions on the creation of identity within a Hellenistic world characterized by large-scale networks.


The Austrian Archaeological Institute warmly congratulates Christoph Baier on his achievement and the award!