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Dr. Sarah Katharina Ißelhorst


Landscape Archaeology and Architecture (LAA)


10/2011 – 10/2014     
Freie Universität Berlin – Masterstudium der Geographischen Wissenschaften (Schwerpunkt: Terrestrische Systeme); Masterarbeitstitel: "A GIS Based Analysis of Historical Maps for the Reconstruction of the Shoreline Development of the Guadiana Estuary, SW Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal)"

01/2011 – 10/2014     
Studentische Hilfskraft (Tutorin) an der Freien Universität Berlin – Institut für Geographische Wissenschaften – Arbeitsbereich Quartärforschung und Geomorphologie bei Prof. Dr. Margot Böse

09/2010 – 12/2010     
Studentische Hilfskraft – Excellenzcluster Topoi Research Group A-I

10/2008 – 04/2012     
Bachelorstudium der Geographischen Wissenschaften an der Freie Universität Berlin – B.Sc. Geographische Wissenschaften;Bachelorarbeitstitel: "Sedimentuntersuchungen im Umfeld der archäologischen Grabung 'Leimbach', Nord-Thüringen"

Historical Water Management – with a Focus on Traditional Irrigation Strategies in NE Andalusia, Spain

This doctoral project aims to analyze water management and historical water management strategies in semi-arid to arid regions, with a special focus on Spain and Jordan.

For this purpose, interactions of natural-environmental and socio-economic factors are comprehensively analyzed. This is undertaken to gain knowledge of the local historical development as well as technical and administrative water management strategies at the Vega of Vélez Blanco (SE Spain) and the rural hinterland Petra (S Jordan).

Main research questions are:

  • Which factors influence the stability of local water management within Mediterranean regions?
  • Under which climate conditions is irrigation in (semi-)arid environments profitable – and over which periods of time did it function?
  • Is the installation and operation of irrigation structures only profitable in areas with superregional importance?

This dissertation project was successfully completed within theResearch Group A-3 Water Management of the Excellence Cluster 264 Topoi.