Pre- and protohistory (prehistoric and historic archaeology) is the study of the remnants of human societies, usually obtained through excavation. It therefore contributes to research into the greatest period of human history. The unique profile of the institute in Kiel results from its combination of archaeological work as a historical and cultural science and archaeological research using methods derived from the natural sciences. As a member of both the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, it is possible to graduate in both fields (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Dr. phil., Dr. rer. nat.)
Our studies focus predominantly on the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, the Palaeolithic as well as the Early to Late Middle Ages and the modern age. As well as professors for pre- and protohistory we have professors for environmental archaeology/archaeobotany and for archaeozoology/isotope research. The fields of computational archaeology and palaeoclimatology together with laboratories for pollen- and macroremain analyses open up considerable opportunities for practical research in the course of the studies in addition to field work.
New Collaborative Research Centre at Kiel University
DFG grants 12 million Euros for research on human-environmental interactions in prehistoric and archaic societies. A great success has been achieved for cutting-edge research in Schleswig-Holstein: The German Research Foundation (DFG) has decided to support the new collaborative research centre (SFB) 1266 “Scales of Transformation” in the next four years with a total of 12 million Euros.
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