ROOTS member ( PhD candidate)

Khadijeh Alinezhad

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80a, R. EG.004
Phone: +49 431 880 6704
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
kalinezhad@roots.uni-kiel.de

Ginevra Bellini

Institute for Ecosystem Research | Geobotany

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 75, R. 309
Phone: +49 431 880 1214
gbellini@roots.uni-kiel.de

My research focuses on plant ecology with an integrated historical view on how past human development might have shaped species traits over time. I am investigating the Neolithic Plant Invasion Hypothesis, which connects current patterns of plant invasions with the history of agropastoral development in Eurasia during the Neolithic. During my PhD, I plan to carry out several experiments involving plants from all the continents, so I do not have a particular geographical focus but rather aim at searching for a general pattern in plant performance.

Keywords: Agropastoralism, biological invasions, disturbance, Neolithic, plant ecology

Sarah Bockmeyer

Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2-6

Sascha Boelcke

Institute of Classics | Ancient History

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.09
Phone: +49 431 880-6574
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
sboelcke@roots.uni-kiel.de

Benjamin Claassen

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80a, R. EG. 04
Phone: +49 431 880-6704
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
bclaassen@roots.uni-kiel.de

I am an evolutionary biologist with interest in the origins and diversity of crops in historic Europe and their evolutionary histories. My work focuses on agricultural significant crops, such as Secale cereal, and their associated fungal pathogens from the Chalcolithic to the early modern period. Using modern molecular biology techniques as well as state of the art sequencing and computational methods, I am investigating samples of ancient DNA at the genomic level to learn more about how different factors, e.g., domestication and plant-pathogen interactions, influenced plant evolution.

Loren Cowin

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology | Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.001
Phone: +49 431 880-6579
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
lcowin@gshdl.uni-kiel.de

I am an urban archaeologist that specialises in topography/urban morphology and how that can inform us about how urban settlements developed and functioned. My research is mostly focused on the Early Islamic era, particularly in the regions of Central Asia and Bilad al-Sham. I am especially interested in the variety and change in “Islamic cities” between regions and periods during the Early Islamic era. To carry out this research, I use a comprehensive landscape archaeological approach, which entails using a combination of remote sensing investigative methods as well as targeted excavations.

Vanessa Elberfeld

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology | Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2-6, R. 144
Phone: +49 431 880-1622
velberfeld@gshdl.uni-kiel.de

Dr. Rongwei Geng

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80 h, R. 011
Telefax: +49 431 880 5498

Max Grund

Institute of History | Economic and Social History

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olhausenstraße 80h, R. EG.09
Phone: +49 431 880 6574
Telefax: +49 431 880 5498
mgrund@roots.uni-kiel.de

My research focuses on the economic and social history of medieval small towns. In doing so, I examine both the role of the available writings and the various social formations in the economies of these small towns and their inhabitants. The most important sources for this are the intermingled town books of the towns. These are often the only surviving sources and offer a wide range of cases of voluntary jurisdiction. Through these entries, it is possible to examine both the perceptions of the town books themselves and of the townspeople among themselves. In a comparative approach, I evaluate the use of these books in Upper Lusatia, Lower Lusatia and other Central and Western German regions.

Moiken Hinrichs

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.04
Phone: +49 431 880-6582
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
mhinrichs@roots.uni-kiel.de

My research project provides insights into questions about the transmission, gain and decline of technological knowledge of bifacial flint production in times of cultural and technological change. The focus lies on Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age Danish flint daggers and sickles. Recognition of technological fingerprints is aimed for by means of attribute analysis of production debitage by modern knappers. These attributes carry information about technical choices during the reduction sequence and thus provide valuable details on personal preferences and taught behaviours. Differences in the sequences enable conclusions about the transmission and development of technological knowledge.

Keywords: Lithic bifacial technology, experimental archaeology, attribute analysis, chaîneopératoire, knowledge transmission

David Hölscher

Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Am Botanischen Garten 16i, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-5976
hoelscher@ipn.uni-kiel.de

My work merges landscape archaeology, science communication and educational research. I study the theoretical basis, practical possibilities and educational outcomes of digital science communication conducted on site. During my recent project, relations between humans and their environment were mediated within the landscape via a mobile app including game-elements. I created content by taking a diachronical perspective on regional archaeological heritage in Schleswig-Holstein and following guidelines deducted from, i.a., theories of history education.

Keywords: Landscape archaeology, public archaeology, science communication, educational research, environmental education, digital media, gamification

Darja Jonjic

Institute of Slavic Studies

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Leibnizstraße 3, R. 139
djonjic@roots.uni-kiel.de

My work focuses on sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and language contact for Slavic languages, mostly Russian. Within my PhD project, I trace the dispersal and internal diversity of the Russian language using quantitative methods to provide a quantitative classification of Russian dialects. This consists in further interdisciplinary research on ecological and sociological factors that influence the dynamic of language diversification and the formation of dialects – including language and cultural contact (also to neighbouring countries such as Finland, Belarus or Ukraine), migration, standardisation measures as well as transport of knowledge and information.
Keywords: Sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language contact, dialectology, dialectometry

Marie Jäcker

Institute of History

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.018
Phone: +49 431 880-6587
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
mjaecker@roots.uni-kiel.de

My research can be placed within medieval studies with a further specification on the social and economic history of the later Middle Ages. Drawing on a hermeneutic approach, I mainly work with administrative sources of ecclesiastical institutions (i.e. cathedrals) applying quantitative as well as qualitative methods. The respective questions are concerned with a broad range of financial and social aspects of medieval cathedral building as well as the development and transmission of the different forms of knowledge involved in the process. The geographical focus of my work is southern England and northern France.

Keywords: Social and economic history, knowledge transmission, palaeography, England, France, urban history, ecclesiastical institutions, medieval studies

Ariba Hidayet Khan

Institute for Scandinavian and Frisian Studies and General Linguistics | Linguistics and Phonetics

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80a, R. EG. 004
Phone: +49 431 880-6704
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
akhan@roots.uni-kiel.de

My work lies in the combination of Sociolinguistics and Historical linguistics. I work with languages of the Indian subcontinent, especially Indo-Aryan languages, with a focus on the social and historical aspects of language use. Associated with the subcluster of Inequality, I focus on questions of how social inequalities and hierarchies interact/affect (have interacted/affected) the languages in use and vice versa. Linguistic identity, multilingualism, power dynamics, migration, language management, politics and linguistic justice are some of the other details situated at the centre of my work.

Keywords: Linguistic inequality, identity, language variation and change, language contact, multilingualism

Anastasia Khramtsova

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology | Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Leibnizstraße 3, R. 128
Phone: +49 431 880 5921
Telefax: +49 431 880 5498
akhramtsova@gshdl.uni-kiel.de

My research focuses on the Early-Mid Holocene hunter-fisher-gatherer communities in the Eurasian forest zone. In particular, I am interested in enhancing our understanding of how transformations in the mortuary realm are connected with environmental and socio-cultural changes that occurred in the hunter-fisher-gatherer world. As a part of the Ethnographisch-Archaeologische Zeitschrift Team, I oversee and coordinate the publication's editorial activities, and communicate with the authors, the reviewers, and the editorial board. 
Keywords: Mesolithic, Neolithic, burial archaeology, East European Plain, Hunter-gatherer-fishers, behavioural archaeology, stone-knapping technology, exchange networks

Anna Katharina Loy

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstr. 80h, R. EG.08
Phone: +49 431 880-6573
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
aloy@roots.uni-kiel.de

My research focuses on processes of conflict and conciliation in the first millennium BC in the south-western region of the Baltic Sea. I employ methods of computative, theoretical and general archaeology in order to answer questions of landscape archaeology, e.g., how are specific sites embedded into their physical and social surroundings? In particular, I am interested in different fortifications of the time as material reactions to perceived conflict potentials of the past.

Johannes Marzian

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG 18
Phone: +49 431 880-6587
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
johannes.marzian@ifw-kiel.de

My research in the Excellence Cluster ROOTS takes place at the intersection of economics and archaeology and focuses on the measurement of wealth inequality in pre-Christian Central Europe. In collaboration with colleagues from other disciplines, I apply statistical and economic tools to archaeological datasets to explore the origins of wealth inequality in human societies. In addition to ROOTS, I work as a PhD student in the research cluster ‘International Finance and Macroeconomics’ at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. My main fields of interest are economic history, infrastructure investments, and geopolitics.

Keywords: Measuring inequality, Central Europe, prehistory economics, statistics

Catharina Müller-Liedtke

Institute of German Studies | German Philology/Early German Literature

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.08
Phone: +49 431 880-6573
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
cmuellerliedtke@roots.uni-kiel.de

Per-Ole Pohl

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology | Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2-6, R. 142
Phone: +49 431 880-7427
popohl@gshdl.uni-kiel.de

Within my PhD project, I analyse the developmental and cultural history and influence of fortified landscapes in Scandinavia by means of selected examples. My primary research region is located in the western part of the Baltic Sea, which covers today’s states of Denmark, Germany and Sweden, in the time frame between the 17th and the 20th century. The primary empirical base of the project is dedicated to the former Danish fortress Christianspries / Friedrichsort, which is located on the western shore of the Kiel Fjord. Furthermore, the fortress is considered to be one of the most important post medieval heritage sights in Schleswig-Holstein.

Keywords: Historical archaeology, archaeology of conflicts and battlefields, landscape archaeology, fortifications, historical geography

Gianluca Ricci

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Leibnizstraße 8
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498

Khurram Saleem

Institute of Materials Science | Synthesis and Real Structure

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Kaiserstr. 2, R. A-236
Phone: +49 431 880-6182
Telefax: +49 431 880-6290
mks@tf.uni-kiel.de

My work involves the development of advanced methodology for the structural, functional and chemical analysis of archaeological materials within ROOTS. This involves a broad methodological spectrum and synergistic combinations of complementary analytical methods, including advanced X‐ray diffraction, spectroscopic methods and scanning as well as transmission electron microscopy. The materials for this investigation are available from different regions of Europe and time periods, including the southern Baltic Sea region between 2200 BC and AD 1300.

Tanja Schreiber

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstr. 80H, EG.01
Phone: +49 431 880-6579
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
tschreiber@roots.uni-kiel.de

My work is situated between the fields of archaeology and anthropology, with a focus on social-, quantitative- and collaborative archaeology. My current project has a broad chronological and geographical scope, covering the last eight millennia of hunter-gatherer settlement on the West Siberian Plain. It places particular emphasis on the interdependence between different forms of inequality, conflict, and social and environmental assets. Dealing with forager fortifications and associated transformations of the natural and social landscape, I am especially concerned with the question how socio-environmental inequalities affect societies and what resilience strategies people develop to counteract them.

Keywords: Social archaeology, quantitative archaeology, collaborative archaeology, hunter-gatherer research, West Siberia, socio-environmental inequality, conflict, social resilience

Benjamin Serbe

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olhausenstraße 80h, R. EG.04
Phone: +49 431 880-6582
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
bserbe@roots.uni-kiel.de

I am an archaeological methodologist exploring new methods and ways in the digital analysis of archaeological data focussing on spatial distribution and network analysis. The main sources for these analyses are sites, finds and different other archaeological objects which are investigated with the help of Geografic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical programming tools like Python and R. With more and more available digital data, this data science offers a new way of understanding the past. I think these methods can help us as archaeologists to uncover aspects of the (pre-)historic societies which were invisible beforehand and can be used to re-evaluate theories and concepts from a new perspective.

Henry Skorna

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.09
Phone: +49 431 880-6574
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
hskorna@roots.uni-kiel.de

Photo Henry Skorna: Tine Pape for Cluster ROOTS, 2021

Yevhenii Sliesariev

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80a, R. EG.18
Phone: +49 431 880-6712
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
ysliesariev@roots.uni-kiel.de

Sandra Söderlind

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology | Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Leibnizstr. 3, R. 128
Phone: +49 431 880-5921
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
ssoederlind@gshdl.uni-kiel.de

Tuvshinjargal Tumurbaatar

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology | Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Johanna-Mestorf-Str. 2-6, R. 28c
ttumurbaatar@gshdl.uni-kiel.de

Fynn Wilkes

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.08
Phone: +49 431 880-6573
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
fwilkes@roots.uni-kiel.de

I am an archaeologist with interests in geo-, social-, and economic archaeology. In my doctoral thesis, I deal with the development of social inequality in the Carpathian Basin between the Neolithic and the Bronze Age. The main sources of my work are cemeteries and occasional settlements. In addition to my doctoral thesis, I am concerned with questions of settlement and social development in the Neolithic of Northern Serbia, chronological issues at the transition of the Copper Age to the Bronze Age, and the development of quantitative approaches to economic archaeology. The geographical and chronological focus of my work is in Eastern and Southeastern Europe (Balkans) between the Early Neolithic and the Middle Bronze Age.

Keywords: Economic archaeology, social archaeology, inequality, quantitative methods, Balkans, Neolithic, Bronze Age

Morgan Windle

Institute of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olhausenstraße 80h, R. EG.01
Phone: +49 431 880-6579
Telefax: +49 431 880 5498
mwindle@roots.uni-kiel.de

Morgan’s research investigates reindeer domestication and human-reindeer relationships in the Circumpolar North. Through partnership with local Indigenous communities in the northern taiga of West Siberia, her work is grounded in a combined theoretical framework incorporating Traditional Ecological Knowledge with aspects of Niche-Construction, multispecies and Natureculture theory. Utilising ethnography, geometric morphometrics, and stable isotopes, her project seeks to create high-resolution biographies of modern reindeer to identify differences between wild and herded populations with an aim to better understand domestication processes while broadening parameters for situating human-reindeer systems in arctic and subarctic archaeological contexts.

Keywords: Multispecies, reindeer domestication, morphology, isotopes

Dana Zentgraf

Institute of Philosophy | Environmental Philosophy and Ethics

ROOTS member (PhD candidate)

Olshausenstraße 80h, R. EG.18
Phone: +49 431 880-6587
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498
dzentgraf@roots.uni-kiel.de

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