To enhance the scientific investigation and preparation of archaeological finds research group A-III aimed to advance scientific methods and techniques from various disciplines (such as mineralogy, geophysics, biology, chemistry, materials, and mining science). The focus of research in this context was on issues of archaeometry and archaeoinformatics.
Relevant applications of archaeometry include the absolute dating of archaeological finds, geophysical prospecting of archaeological places of discovery, analyses of inorganic and organic material, and the building of spatial models. Archaeoinformatics deals with the structure, analysis and representation of archaeological data and with general mathematical and statistical methods that are relevant for archaeological matters.
The research group used adequate methods to investigate climatic processes and their connection to spatial and cultural developments and to analyze the utilization of mountainous areas considering geological and ecological factors. Another object of research in this context was the relation between the technologies and the places of production of artefacts and their distribution in order to reconstruct economic spaces in the La Tène culture (central Germany and Bohemia).
The research group was closely connected to other groups in research area A and cooperates with other Topoi research areas as well.