Pre- and Protohistory

Pre- and Protohistory is a social science that deals with both historic and cultural anthropological research, with humanity and its culture and the environment at its core. Both literate and pre-literate eras are under scrutiny, which demonstrates the massive spatial and chronological range of the course, from the beginnings of humankind up until the present. Read more ...

A range of cultures are compared over long time periods which allows both long-term processes and short-term occurrences to be examined. The close relationship between the natural sciences and the humanities is a notable strength of the Institute in Kiel. We try to avoid the old-fashioned separation of these two disciplines and have made „integral investigation“ our philosophy. It is therefore possible for you to acquire either a Bachelor of Arts qualification (B.A., with a subsidiary subject in humanities) or a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc., with a subsidiary subject in natural science) at the end of your course.

The Institute's research focuses chronologically on Prehistoric Archaeology (Prehistory) and Historic Archaeology (Medieval/Modern) and spatially on Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. It involves research in landscape and settlement archaeology, underwater archaeology, the archaeology of waterlogged deposits, cultural and social archaeology as well as computational archaeology. Archaeobotany (the analysis of pollen and plant macro remains) and archaeozoology (the analysis of animal bone and tooth remains) have their own professorships and computational archaeology has its own area of operations.

We place particular emphasis on the close connection between theory and practice. Students have the opportunity to work on some of the Institute’s projects and on joint projects, excavations and other events with the Archäologischen Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf at Schleswig (Archaeological State Museum), the Archäologischen Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein at Schleswig (Archaeological State Office for Cultural Heritage Schleswig-Holstein) as well as the Amt für Archäologische Denkmalpflege der Hansestadt Lübeck (Office for Archaeological Heritage Management of the Hanseatic Town of Lübeck). Cooperative work is also conducted nationally with e.g. the Deutschen Archäologischen Institut (German Archaeological Institute). International excavations are conducted in cooperation with the local project partners and are open to our students as well.