Africa Research Unit
Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology
University of Cologne
D - 50823 Köln
ASAPA – Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists
AURA – Australian Rock Art Research Association
HBI – Heinrich-Barth-Institut e.V., Cologne
SAAS – The South African Archaeological Society
Focus of Research
Scientific activities: Field research; documentation of rock art; publications; development and application of concepts for the documentation and analysis of rock art; development of programs and concepts for research.
Scientific concepts: textual rock art archaeology; empirical systematization (post-structuralistic); cognition; gender roles; social management; use and cognition of space; ecology of rock art; landscape archaeology (“lifeworld archaeology”); rock art as a medium of communication; concepts of use of cultural heritage.
Regional focus: Southern Africa, Eastern Sahara
Secondary foci: cooperation with universities, museums and monuments authorities in the partner countries; cooperation with local stakeholders in CBCRM (Community based cultural resource management) and CBT (Community based tourism); training; flow-back of know-how; cooperation with the media; exhibitions; member of the board of the Heinrich-Barth-Institut e.V.; fund-raising.