Research Goals

Research | Our Policy | Research Goals

WE INVESTIGATE THE EVOLUTION OF OUR BEHAVIOUR DURING THE EARLY HISTORY OF HUMANITY

For here we find the roots of our present self.

Anything
goes

- Paul Feyerabend

 

Research | Our Policy | Anything goes

GOOD SCIENCE NEEDS A STABLE FRAMEWORK AND A COMPREHENSIVE SET OF TOOLS

It calls for communication,
courage and creativity.

A sound education and support for the upcoming generation, the promotion of creative development, the unique working environment and facilities at Schloss Monrepos and our international connections all contribute to our philosophy.

Our research policy structures and focuses research into the evolution of human behaviour. This creates synergies and guarantees quality.


How we conduct research

Research | Our Policy | How we conduct research

Human behaviour is complex and multifaceted

We have therefore developed a methodological orientation. Using this we investigate human behaviour holistically within its historical, social and ecological context. Our work is:

DIACHRONIC

With foresight into the future: Only a diachronic comparison can chart the often turbulent paths taken by human behaviour. This unique perspective on humanity sends out new impulses for science, society and politics.

IN PERSPECTIVE

Changes in perspective broaden our awareness. We interpret archaeological events from the vantage point of differently scaled levels of observation. Broader pictures provide orientation, narrower ones a higher resolution – just like the lens of a microscope. Only the transfer of information between these different levels of resolution leads to a comprehensive picture of human behaviour.

INTEGRATIVE

Humanity through Time and Space: Our research policy connects various sources and contexts with one another. These are focused within three investigative units:

»Time Slices« is dedicated to the related questions of where, when and under which conditions, human behaviour manifests itself.

»Strategies« and »Social Organization« investigate strategies for survival and patterns of behaviour within their social context.

CROSS DISCIPLINARY

Human behaviour cannot be studied like a rat in a laboratory: Our research is determined by more than just interdisciplinary cooperation. Ongoing socio-political discussion and new impetus from non-scientific contexts are essential to the investigation of human behavioural development.