Research in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier

The Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, together with the regional archeology branch and the directorate of „Burgen Schlösser Altertümer“, is the central research facility of the General Direktion Kulturelles Erbe (GDKE) in Trier and the region. In addition to the research services of the directorates, which are published in the series of the own publishinghouse, numerous researches are carried out with the directorate-general and the Landesmuseum as research partners. Scientific advisory boards accompany the monument conservation issues of the Roman heritage as well as large special exhibitions such as “Nero - Emperor, Artist and Tyrant” in 2016.

Three major research projects are currently being funded with the participation of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier:

- Volkswagen-Stiftung, Fellowship for postdoctorants: "Naturstein-Inkrustationen in der Kaiseraula zu Trier. Provenienzbestimmung und Rekonstruktion" since 2016. With Dr. Vilma Ruppienė (Würzburg), University of Würzburg (Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schüßler and Prof. D. H. Frimmel, Chair of Geodynamics and Geomaterial Research).

- Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): „Römische Grabdenkmäler aus Augusta Treverorum im überregionalen Vergleich: mediale Strategien sozialer Repräsentation“, “Roman funerary monuments from Augusta Treverorum in a supra-regional comparison: media strategies of social representation”. Together with the Goethe Universität Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. Anja Klöckner, Classical Archeology and Prof. Dr. Markus Scholz, Archeology of the Roman Provinces) and the Mainz University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule Mainz) (Prof. Dr.-Ing.Hartmut Müller, Geoinformatics & Surveying) since 2016.


Further cooperation partners: Université du Luxembourg, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Archäologisches Institut der Universität Trier   

- Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, (BMBF): „Grabdenkmäler aus Augusta Treverorum, digital vernetzt“ - a cooperation project with the University of Frankfurt and the University of Mainz since 2018. The aim of the project is to record the approx. 24,000 glass plate negatives in the image archive of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier. It complements the DFG project „Römische Grabdenkmäler aus Augusta Treverorum im überregionalen Vergleich: mediale Strategien sozialer Repräsentation“.

More than 20 dissertation and master's projects are currently working on archaeological and historical questions on excavations and finds from the State Museum, the Trier State Archeology Branch or the Roman buildings in Trier and the surrounding area under the administration of the General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, other external partners are also working on individual research projects. All of this work is supervised by the scientists of the institutions. Internal research colloquia take place regularly.

The comprehensive scientific specialist library of the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier is open to all interested parties as a public reference library.