VIAS - Vienna Institute for Archaeological Science

Our Mission

The Vienna Institute of Archaeological Science – VIAS –founded in 1992, is a forward-looking transdisciplinary institution within the University of Vienna, one of Europe’s largest and oldest Universities, and one with a research tradition that includes 15 Nobel Prize winners.

The VIAS mission is to develop and integrate methods from the natural sciences in a dynamic interrelationship with the culture-oriented investigative frameworks of archaeology as a historical science, and to provide support, knowledge and partnership in multidisciplinary research programmes and projects.

VIAS is active in the bioarchaeological,  the materials-science and archaeometric fields, with specialists whose expertise covers geophysical prospection, archaeometallurgy, scanning-electron microscopy, analyses of precious metals, archaeobotany, dendrochronology, archaeozoology,  petrography and experimental archaeology. VIAS is currently developing initiatives in geoarchaeology as well as collaborations in the areas of virtual reality and the digital humanities.

VIAS reaches out beyond the university, developing significant projects together with the Austrian Academy of Sciences and regional administrations and museums as well as many international partners. Our institute is a critical founding partner in the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBIArchPro). In addition to large-scale motorised magnetometer measurments, 3-D laser scanning (terrestral and aerial) and state-of-the-arte image-based 3D documentation of archaeological sites, this institute, in cooperation with the VIAS and the Derectorate of Culture of the Province of Upper Austria, develops a system for detailed underwater archaeological prospection using multibeam echosounder and state-of-the-art sedimentation sound measurments.

where, alongside magnetometry, ground-penetrating radar, resistivity, 3-D laser scanning and aerial photogrammetry, a world-leading capacity in underwater prospection is currently under development.