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HISCAR – A second revolution!

The CEZA project HISCAR closes important gaps to create the longest uninterrupted period of annually resolved ¹⁴C data.

Dr. Ronny Friedrich

Localisation of lithium deposits using multi-parameter approaches

Lithium (Li) has been classified by the European Union as a strategically critical raw material since 2023 under the Critical Raw Materials Act, which means that by 2030 at least 10% of these raw materials should be mined in the EU and no more than 65% should be dependent on a third country.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka
Dr. Andreas Wittke
Dr. Michael Brauns

On the trail of the tin mystery of the Bronze Age

Mannheim scientists succeed in making a spectacular breakthrough with multi-parameter approach.

Dr. Daniel Berger
Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka

Who will solve the puzzle of Bronze Age tin?

The origin of tin ingots from ancient Mediterranean shipwreck disputed - The metal may have come from Cornwall.

Dr. Daniel Berger
Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka

¹⁴C is the solution

Radiocarbon (14C) dating is a universally applicable dating method in archaeology as well as in geosciences, biosciences or environmental sciences, as well as in climate and solar research. Especially for organic materials, 14C dating is a universal and precise method for age determination.

Dr. Ronny Friedrich

Leading international research at CEZA

The Curt-Engelhorn Center for Archaeometry (CEZA) at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums has repeatedly caused a stir in recent years with spectacular investigations of mummies, Viking finds and on climate change.

Sven Wiegand
Dr. Ronny Friedrich

Gold from Troy, Poliochni and Ur had same origin

A new laser method allows the examination of famous pieces of jewelry, with which trade relations in the early Bronze Age to the Indus Valley could be proven.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka

Fascinating review in climate and ecology

Klaus Tschira Foundation supports expansion of the Laboratory for Dendrochronology at CEZA into an international research archive.

Dr. Hannes Knapp
Kirsten Schwabe

Personnel changes

The year 2022 brought some personnel changes for the CEZA. Prof Dr Ernst Pernicka, Managing Director and Senior Director, took over the scientific management of the CEZA again in the middle of the year.

The research project Wölfersheim-Berstadt

During the development of the new housing estate "Über den Holdergärten" in Wölfersheim-Berstadt (Wetteraukreis, Hesse) in 2006, a large early medieval terraced cemetery was discovered, which was almost completely excavated in the following years.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka

Research trips in times of pandemic: Gold of Mycenae

In 2021, Prof Ernst Pernicka and Moritz Numrich travelled to various European museums to take minimally invasive samples of objects using the innovative portable laser ablation technique (pLA) as part of the research project "Mycenaean gold - investigations into origin, distribution and authenticity" funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka

CEZA strengthens regional networks

In terms of networking, CEZA benefited greatly from the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in 2022 and was able to strengthen its networking activities through personal contacts as well as re-establish face-to-face dialogue with many institutions and associations.

Sven Wiegand
Elka Duberow