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).

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Award of Excellence – State Award for the Best Dissertation

Conferral of the Award of Excellence on 07.12.2016 in the Palais Harrach to Lisa Peloschek
Conferral of the Award of Excellence on 07.12.2016 in the Palais Harrach to Lisa Peloschek

(l. to r.): Univ.-Prof. Mag. Josef Kaiser (Vize-rector for Teaching, University of Applied Arts Vienna), Mag. DDr. Lisa Peloschek, SC Dr. Iris Rauskala (BMWFW), ao. Univ.-Prof. DI Dr. Bernhard Pichler (Dep. of Archaeometry, Inst. of Art and Technology, University of Applied Arts Vienna)



To the 40 best dissertations of the preceding academic year proposed by the universities, the Government Ministry for Science, Research and Economics (BMWFW) awards the Award of Excellence, which is financed by funds from the Promotion of Studies and which carries with it a prize of 3,000 Euro.


Lisa Peloschek, a researcher at the OeAI, was honoured with the State Award in 2016. In her dissertation, »Kultureller Austausch in Assuan (Oberägypten). Petrographische Evidenz für Keramikproduktion und Handel in ptolemäischer bis spätantiker Zeit« [»Cultural Exchange in Aswan (Upper Egypt). Petrographic Evidence for Ceramic Production and Trade in Ptolemaic until Late Antique Times«] (Dissertation Advisors: Bernhard Pichler [University of Applied Arts, Vienna] and Sabine Ladstätter [OeAI, University of Vienna]), Lisa Peloschek pursued the goal of demonstrating the interactions between Egypt and the Greco-Roman cultural milieu and the possible effects on the existing cultural environment, by means of a combination of archaeological and scientific analyses of the material ceramic remains from Aswan. The focal point was a diachronic reconstruction of the ceramic production in Aswan (in antiquity, Syene and the island of Elephantine) from the 4th century B.C. up until the 7th century A.D. Here, the focus of interest was above all on the composition of the ceramic artefacts, especially since mineral and stone inclusions in the clay could provide evidence not only regarding the provenance but also the technique of production of the relevant vessels.

In the local pottery production of Aswan, symptomatic alterations in the composition of the clay can be recognised; these are related to the exploitation of individual clay deposits. A geological inspection of the surrounding area allowed the areas of exploitation to be geologically defined. Furthermore, it was possible to detect preferences for the employment of specific clays for the production of specific vessel forms. In addition to the extensive characterisation of the local-regional ceramic products, imported vessels and their areas of origin were identified via scientific analyses, thereby providing evidence for active economic contacts with the Mediterranean region. The dissertation provides the first thorough characterisation of clay raw materials in Upper Egypt and will therefore contribute to the ability to study socio-cultural phenomena in the ancient societies of Egypt in a detailed manner and taking into consideration interdisciplinary approaches.


The Austrian Institute of Archaeology congratulates Lisa Peloschek very warmly on her accomplishment and on her award!