picture by Iga Kuriata, 2016

My background as goldsmith and prehistoric archaeologist and my fable for metals and interdisciplinary science has lead me from my hometown Berlin, Germany, to Aarhus, Denmark, with short stays in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Bochum. I have been appointed at the School for Culture and Society, department for Archaeology and Heritage Studies, at Aarhus University since 2009. I worked at the Curt-Engelhorn Centre for Archaeometry and took classes on archaeometry at the Heidelberg Centre for the Environment (HCE), Heidelberg University.
I am interested in ancient craftsmanship especially the techniques have been used, the organization of craftsmanship, experimental methods to find more out about the possibilities, movement and mobility, trade and exchange and the individual in archaeology. I favour prehistoric periods, as the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Europe, though am also working on Iron Age and medieval topics. 
During the last years, I was working on an interdisciplinary project, financed by the Independent Research fund Denmark Sapere-Aude program, tracing the earliest metal trading networks to Scandinavia. Until today, this project is the largest isotope project done on prehistoric metal artefacts and revealed that the Scandinavian Bronze Age relied on three major metal suppliers to feed their needs


2016- 2017

Ruprecht-Karl-University Heidelberg, Guest researcher at Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Germany


PRINCE-2 Foundation (passed)


PhD-student Aarhus University, Denmark

2009 – 2013

Aarhus University, Marie-Curie Actions (ITN) PhD- fellowship, Denmark


Freie Universität Berlin, M.A. prehistoric archaeology, geology and art historic (very good), Germany


Diploma goldsmith, Berlin (good), Germany

International experience

2016 – 2017

Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie Mannheim, Training in geochemistry and geophysics at the isotope laboratory, Germany


German Mining Museum Bochum, SEM and metallography training at the material sciences laboratory, Germany

Ruhr University Bochum, Institute for Archaeological Studies, Internship, courses in chemistry/ physics for archaeologists, Germany


German Mining Museum Bochum, Archaeometallurgical seminar, metallography of bronze and iron, GermanyUniversity of Southampton, Institute for Archaeology, Ceramography seminar at the ceramic research laboratory, Germany

University of Cambridge, Division of Archaeology, Visiting researcher within the FP7 ITN-project, UK


ERASMUS exchange Aarhus University, Denmark


scientific skills

clean-lab and Pb-isotopy, EDXRF and MC-ICP-MS, metallography, portable XRF trace element analysis, basics in archaeological chemistry (Curt-Engelhorn-Centre, Mannheim), Sr-spec column chemistry and TIMS mass spectrometry (IGN Copenhagen University), ceramography (University of Southampton), GIS measurement, MapInfo (archaeological field drawing), MUD, REGIN and Fund og Fortidsminder, archaeological drawing, academic writing, academic presentation

transferable skills

teaching, adjunktpædagogikum, project management and organisation, grant writing, team leader experience, cultural heritage management, fundraising, Makro-photography (Canon EOS), research organisation and presentation, academic English and Danish

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