Special publications

Gesichtsurnen - Menschenbilder der Vergangenheit

Face Urns - Human Images of the Past
Jutta Kneisel
Hrsg. Jutta Kneisel, Marzena Szmyt, Claus von Carnap-Bornheim und Johannes Müller

Faces fascinate us. Especially those from the past. Consequently, facial representations have been of great interest for collectors and museums for a long time.
In the bronze and iron ages faces are predominantly found on funerary vessels. This book presents recent research findings on face urns. This richly illustrated publication provides a deeper look into social life 3000 years ago. 
Who was the prominent woman? Which role did the old man play? We get to know children and warriors, as well as trade and exchange networks which traversed Europe even back then. 
For this research, facial recognition and meanings of faces are vital parts. 

Habelt-Verlag 2019
ISBN 978-3-7749-4197-7


Megaliths - Enclosures - Long Barrows

Johannes Müller

Megaliths, ditched enclosures, and long barrows are the oldest monumental buildings in Central Europe. Since their creation in the Neolithic Age, these impressive buildings have exerted a special attraction and captivate viewers. How were they built? What purpose did they serve? And what did they mean to their builders? Johannes Müller addresses these questions and uses the latest research findings to show how monumental buildings were embedded in their surroundings and interwoven into spatial and temporal networks, how Neolithic settlement and social structures became tangible through these networks and what role the development of new ways of life and economy played in the Neolithic. The most important sites, such as Wangels, Brutkamp, Lüdelsen, Küstenberg and many more, are presented in detail in a separate subchapter. With spectacular, exclusive images!

Verlag wbg Theiss, 2017
ISBN 978-3-8062-3463-3 



A megalithic tomb to touch

Herausgeber Walter Dörfler, Wiebke Kirleis, Johannes Müller

Editor Walter Dörfler, Wiebke Kirleis, Johannes Müller

5,500-year-old megalithic tombs shape the landscape in northern Germany and southern Scandinavia. Since Kiel University (CAU) was founded, research into these landmarks has been part of the university's scientific work. The replica of Wangels LA 69 megalithic tomb in the area of Kiel University brings to life a period that seems so far away but so close: the Neolithic Age. The basis for much that is important in today's society was laid in the so-called "Neolithic Revolution", which is equated with the "Industrial Revolution" in its effects. On 14 May 2015, such a megalithic tomb was built in front of the Audimax in an archaeological-experimental manner. As a symbol of the connection between theory and practice at the university, teachers, students and the interested public built the Wangels LA 69 passage grave excavated by the CAU using Neolithic techniques once again. In this booklet you will find information about the society and environment in which the people of that time lived. It informs about research results of the graduate school "Human Development in Landscapes" and the Institute for Prehistory and Early History within the framework of the Johanna-Mestorf Academy.

Wachholz Verlag, 2015
ISBN 978-3-529-01796-4


Gestrandet – Versenkt – Versunken. Faszination Unterwasserarchäologie

Cover Gestrandet Versenkt GesunkenStranded - Sunk - Sunken. Fascination Underwater Archeology

edited by
Florian Huber, Sunhild Kleingärtner

Insights from far away times from where land and sea collide.
The history of mankind is inextricably linked to water and seafaring. And where land and sea collide, special conditions for cultural developments have been created. Cut off from atmospheric oxygen and often covered in sediment, countless finds that have entered the water have been preserved for a long time and now offer invaluable insights from days long gone.

Wachholtz Verlag Neumünster 2014
ISBN 978-3-529-01450-8

Landschaft erforschen - Sozialen Raum rekonstruieren

Exploring landscapes - The Reconstruction of social space

Herausgeber Johannes Müller

Exploring landscapes - the reconstructing social space. In the last five years, scientists from numerous disciplines at Kiel University have devoted themselves in intensive field work to the reconstruction of pre-modern social and environmental conditions. As part of the Graduate School "Human Development in Landscapes" and the "Johanna Mestorf Academy of Socio-Environmental Research and Landscape Archeology", the fieldwork in particular led young scientists to areas from Peru to the Ukraine, from Iceland to Ethiopia. A major focus of the new findings is the reconstruction of prehistoric and ancient societies in Central Europe and Southern Scandinavia. For the first time, this book provides a comprehensive overview of the diversity of activities.

Habelt Verlag, Bonn 2014
ISBN 978-3-7749-3917-2


Manipulated landscapes

10.000 years of change
An exhibition of the Graduate School "Human DCover Manipulated Landscapesevelopment in Landscapes"

edited by  Walter Dörfler

Man has always changed the landscape. He uses and designs it as his habitat, especially intensively over the past 10,000 years. In return, landscapes always influence how human societies develop. This interplay is shown in numerous examples by the Kiel Graduate School Human Development in Landscapes. Presented are projects in the fields of monumentality and rite, innovation and exchange as well as human and environmental change.

Habelt-Verlag, Bonn 2013
ISBN 978-3-7749-3847-2



Snapshots of a Bronze Age settlement

Jutta Kneisel and Johannes Müller

The site Bruszczewo is a stroke of luck for Central European archeology. An international excavation team, led by the universities of Kiel and Poznań, has since 1999 been able to uncover one of the most important early Bronze Age central settlements. Due to excellent organic preservation not only ceramics, stone tools and bronzes are preserved, but much of the wooden wedge over mighty oak piles to the house wall. Important questions can therefore be answered: How did the population live 3700 years ago? How was the village organized? What was produced like? What did the clothes look like? Who did you know? Who was buried like where? And: why was the settlement abandoned?

Wachholz Verlag 2012
ISBN 978-3-529-01798-8