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Dr. Dennis Mario Beck


Dennis M Beck

University of Bonn
Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology 
Department for Classical Archaeology
Am Hofgarten 21–6
D-53113 Bonn
Phone: +49 / (0)228 / 73 7739


Current Position

Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat) at the department Classical Archaeology at the University of Bonn, Germany


Dennis Mario Beck studies different forms of dependency in the archaeological data and literary sources in the Punic, Greek and Roman world in the entire Antiquity. His research mainly deals with the ancient economy and network systems, based on several forms of personal and institutional dependencies, in extracting, dealing and trading of resources, in particular stones. Research into the exploitation and operation of ancient quarries, e.g. the marble quarries in Simitthus/Chimtou (Tunisia) and Luni (Italy), taking into account various socially hierarchically structured networks of different social groups regarding their collaboration and interaction. The different actors in economic processes working together in networks of exploitation, trade, and completion as well as the methodological framework for investigating these actors, for example by showing production chains, are two of his current research topics.

Monographs (one in preparation), 12 articles, 2 reviews. 18 national and 8 international lectures, 2 Bachelor theses as second reviewer.


  • 2015–2018                PhD in Classical Archaeology, Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • 2009–2015                Magister Artium (M.A.) in Classical Archaeology, Archaeology of the Roman Provinces and Religious
                                      Studies, University of Munich (LMU), "Sapienza", University of Rome, Italy, and the University of Cambridge,

Academic Positions

  • 2019–present            Akademischer Rat/Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Archaeology, University of Bonn,
  • 2018–2019                Research Assistant, Department of Classical Archaeology, University Bonn, Germany

Participation in Centers and Collaborative Projects

Additional Academic Activities

  • 2020–present           Joint excavation project "Die Nekropole von Monte Abatone in Cerveteri"; Department Classical
                                     Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany, University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli" Naples and 
                                     University of Tuscia Viterbo, Italy
  • 2020–present           Joint excavation project "Simitthus/Chimtou, Tunisia", German Archaeological Institute and the
                                     National Heritage Institute Tunis
  • 2020–present           Joint excavation project "Urban area and surroundings of a Roman metropolis: Meninx/Djerba", 
                                     University of Munich (LMU) and the National Heritage Institute Tunis


Selected Publications

  • Marmor Numidicum: Gewinnung, Verarbeitung und Distribution eines antiken Buntmarmors vom 2. Jh. v. bis 7. Jh. n. Chr. (in preparation).
  • Die Dii Mauri: Nordafrikanische Lokalgottheiten in ihrer archäologischen und epigraphischen Überlieferung. In: Jahrbuch des deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 135 (2020), 237–280.
  • Die Wiederverwendung von Marmor in Pompeji: Importmarmore in den Laden- und Schanktheken: Eine Neubewertung der Forschungsthesen. In: P. Reinard, Ch. Rollinger, Ch. Schäfer (eds.): Wirtschaft und Wiederverwendung: Beiträge zur antiken Ökonomie. Scripta Mercaturae-Beihefte. Beiträge zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, 1 Gutenberg 2019, 105–127. 
  • With S. Cuy, Ph. Gerth, W. Schmidle: Sculptures in the Semantic Web Using Semantic Technologies for the Deep Integration of Research Items in ARIADNE. In: M. Matsumoto, E. Uleberg (eds.): Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. CAA 2016 – Oceans of data Oslo 2018, 33–44.
  • With W. Bebermeier, I. Gerlach, T. Klein, D. Knitter, K. Kohlmeyer, J. Krause, D. Marzoli, J. Meister, B. Müller-Neuhof, C. Näser, Ph. von Rummel, D. Sack, S. G. Schmid, B. Schütt, U. Wulf-Rheidt: Ancient Colonization of Marginal Habitats: A Comparative Analysis of Case Studies from the Old World. In: G. Graßhoff, M. Meyer (eds.): Space and Knowledge: Topoi Research Group Articles. eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Special Volume 6 (2016), 1–44. 


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