Research Focus

Prehistoric archaeology in Kiel focuses on European prehistory. While the teaching and training encompass all aspects from the palaeolithic to the end of the pre-Christian Iron Ages, primary research focus is on the Neolithic, Bronze Age and the Hallstatt period.

Contentual emphasis is formed by landscape and social archaeology. In different analyses palaeoclimatic, palaeoecological and palaeoeconomical reconstructions are sought, which document the interlinkage between humans and their environment. The main concept is described by the Graduate School „Human Development in Landscapes“, for which the professorship was the initiator.

Based on corresponding studies social archaeological concepts serve to reconstruct social inequality in early societies. Basic patterns of human behaviour are ascertained through culture anthropological perspective, which reconstruction is crucial for overcoming the problems of our modern world.

In order to develop basic tools to decode spatial and chronological compositions, the field of computational archaeology was established with the appointment in Kiel. The concept of predictive mapping was adopted within the framework of these studies.

The research focus is realised through i.a. small regionally orientated individual projects. Micro- and Mesoregions are viewed in their spatial-chronological dimension as „laboratories“ for the study of human behaviour. In the frame of joint research projects like "Early Monumentality and Social Differentation" or "Scales of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies" some of these studies are linked for joint research goals.