(General Director of the Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum, Mainz, Germany)
In the last years the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum. Research Institute for Archaeology has put a strong focus on Byzantine archaeology. In 2011 it has founded the WissenschaftsCampus Mainz: Byzanz zwischen Orient und Okzident in cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg-University.
The lecture will give an overview of research projects in Byzantine archaeology which are presently carried out in Mainz or accomplished recently. Many of them use scientific methods or even experiments to get new views on daily life in the Byzantine Empire. Two highlights are the 6th century water powered stone saw from Ephesos, which has been reconstructed and a breath taking Byzantine organ – the result of a project with an organ builder in Podsdam. Both of them are to be seen in the exhibition „Golden Byzantium and the Orient“ on the Schallaburg close to Melk till November 4th.