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Jens Nieling



 Jens Nieling

Ph.d., Post doc

DNRF's Centre for Black Sea Studies,
University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark

Phone: +45 8942 5406
Fax: +45 89425410


 Research profile

Since February 2007 I have been employed at the Danish National Research Foundations Centre for Black Sea Studies. I am educated as Classical and Prehistoric archaeologist at the University of Hamburg. My MA-thesis was a functional analysis of urban houses in Archaic to Hellenistic period Carthage. Prior to my appointment I wrote a doctoral thesis (PhD) in Tübingen about the introduction of iron-technology to Southern Caucasia and Eastern Anatolia in the transitional period between proper Bronze and Iron Ages. The project combined methods of prehistoric archaeology with written sources and metallurgical analysis of implements and slag. The traditionally assumed large iron-production in Western Georgia had to be diminished in favour of a vast bronze-industry. A major contribution of early Urartian nomads to the mastery of steel-technology can be highlighted.


Project description

My scholarly attention is now devoted to the study of Persian influence on the circumpontic cultures during the late Archaic and Classical periods. (RA 6) Between the antipodes of Anatolia, being a firm province of the empire and Scythia remaining more or less untouched by Persians after the dramatic failure of Dareios I conquest in 514 the territories of Trace, Kimmerian Bosporus and Caucasia had to find their way of living. They had to make a choice between the requests of the nearly worldwide empire, an active Greek intrusion and their local cultural traditions. The interactive process lasted for roughly two hundred years until the empire collapsed, but not without leaving a strong formative heritage to its successors. Despite a long tradition of research in the area there are still surprising new results and insight to be won. An international conference, held in January 2008 on the subject showed this to a high extend.




J. Nieling, Die Außenwirkung der späthethitischen Kultur auf die Gebiete zwischen Van-See und Kaukasus. In: M. Nowak, F. Prayon, A. Wittke (Hrsg.) Die Außenwirkung des späthethitischen Kulturraumes. Alter Orient und Altes Testament 323, (Münster 2004) 307-323.

M. Heinz, J. Nieling u.a., Kamid el-Loz in the Beqa´a plain / Lebanon. Excavations in 2001, 2002 and 2004. BAAL 2004, 83-118.



Z. Kastovzsky, J. Nieling, Iron-age and Urartian period iron artefacts from Eastern Anatolia, Armenia and Georgia analysed by Prompt gamma neutron activation. Report Budapest 2006, 1-4.



J. Nieling, Brettchengewebte Borten der späten Hallstattzeit im Prunkgrab von Hochdorf und auf den sog. Daunischen Stelen in Apulien. In: S. Burmeister, H. Derks, J. v. Richthofen, Zweiundvierzig Festschrift für Michael Gebühr zum 65. Geburtstag. (Rahden/Westf. 2007) 159-166.

J. Nieling, Dongus Tapa An iron-age settlement in the Udabno steppe, Eastern Kakheti. In: A. Ivantchik, V. Licheli (ed.) ACSS 2007, 13, 1-2. Special issue Achaemenid culture and local traditions in Anatolia, Southern Cuacasus and Iran. 47-54.


In print

J. Nieling, Die Eisenfunde von Udabno. In J. Bertram u.a. Vorbericht über die Grabungen in Udabno. AMIT 2007.


In preparation

J. Nieling, Die Einführung der Eisentechnologie in Transkaukasien und Ostanatolien. Dissertationsschrift Tübingen 2006. BSS 12 (Århus 2008).


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