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BMBF Funding for Jörg Gengnagel

Feb 20, 2014

Apl. Prof. Dr. Jörg Gengnagel directs a new project on worldwide networks of medieval gemstone jewelry. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for a period of three years. Jörg Gengnagel is coordinator of research group MC9 “Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspective.”

The project “Garnet in South Asia: Historical and Archaeological Sources” is located at the South Asia Institute (SAI) of Heidelberg University. With a primary focus on Rajasthan the subproject will look at literary sources, archaeological finds as well as historical and current aspects of finishing technologies and the dynamic history of trade relations.

The project is part of the collaborative project “Weltweites Zellwerk” which focuses on the transfer of technologies, materials and ideas as exemplified by the medieval trade-networks linked to garnet and garnet-cloisonnés. It is funded as a collaborative project (Verbundprojekt) by the BMBF, the partners being the Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum in Mainz with its archaeological research institute and the LandesMuseum in Bonn.

Jörg Gengnagel is project coordinator of MC9.2 “Changing Sacred Waterscapes: Religious and Scientific Knowledge Systems in Varanasi” and coordinates together with Marcus Nüsser the interdisciplinary research group MC9 “Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspective.”

Further members of the project are Borayin Larios, Julie Pusch and Kerstin Sobkowiak.


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