Working Group Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, Tübingen University

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Support us in Tübingen with sorting archaeological excavation material

Excavations in Tübingen have yielded unique, world-class finds – it is not uncommon for these objects not to have come to light during excavation, but only during subsequent sorting work. But even apart from the swan bone flute, Venus or lion man, cleaning and sorting work on sifted material provides the basis for new insights into life, climate and environment.

As prerequisites you bring patience and interest in archaeology. Training will take place on site.

Patience, interest in archaeologyUnfortunately no need at presentEarly Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology with Prof. Conard in TübingenSorting of excavation materialBy arrangement


Team HEP Conard
Prof.  Nicholas J. Conard

Main research interests

Paleolithic archaeology.

Lithic, taphonomic, faunal and spatial analysis of archaeological sites.

Pleistocene chronostratigraphy, evolution and dispersal of modern humans

Environmental reconstruction, settlement history of western Eurasia and southern Africa.

Origins of agriculture and sedentism.

Academic education and backround

Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1987-1990, Master of Philosophy 1988,
Doctor of Philosophy 1990, Anthropology.

University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1985-1986, Master of Science 1986,
Interdisciplinary study of Physics, Geology, and Anthropology.

University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 1984 and 1989, Prehistoric Archaeology.

University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1980, 1981 and 1983, Bachelor of Arts
with highest distinction 1983, Anthropology and Chemistry.

University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, 1982, Ethnology and Chemistry.

Chair of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, Institut für Ur-und Frühgeschichte, Universität Tübingen, 8/95-present. Diverse research, teaching and administrative duties.

Director, Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment. 10/2017-present.

Franke Research Fellow, Yale University Whitney Humanities Center. 9/2018-11/18

Speaker, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften project The Role of Culture in the Early
Expansion of Humans. 4/2017-present.

Dean of Studies, Archaeological Sciences. 4/2016 – present.

Short-term Visiting Professor, Department of Archaeology, Peking University. 9/2012 & 12/2017.

Director of the Archäopark Vogelherd since 2011

Elected member of the Fakultätsrat, Mathematische Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, University of Tübingen. 4/2011-9/2015.

Senior Professor of the Tübingen/Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment.

Founding Director of the Insitut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, University of Tübingen.
1/2008- present.
Elected Member of the Structural Committee of the University of Tübingen 1/2007-9/08

Elected Member of the Senate of the University of Tübingen, 10/2006-present.

Visiting Professor, Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, 2/2005 -3/05.

Vice Dean of the Faculty of Geoscience, Universität Tübingen, 10/2004-9/06.

Director of the course of study in paleoanthropology, 10/2000- 9/2009.

Dean of the Faculty of Geoscience, Universität Tübingen, 10/1998-9/2000.

Keeper of Schloss Hohentübingen, Universität Tübingen, 6/1998-9/2006.

Scientific Director of early prehistoric exhibits in Museum Schloss Hohentübingen, 6/97-present.

Scientific Director of the Urgeschichtliches Museum in Blaubeuren, 8/95-present.

Editor: Tübinger Monographien zur Urgeschichte, Archaeologica Venatoria, Urgeschichtliche
Materialhefte, 1995-present. Museumshefte, Urgeschichtlichen Museum Blaubeuren, 2001-present, Tübingen Publications in Prehistory, 2001-present. Tübinger Arbeiten zur Urgeschichte, 2002- present. Tübingen Publications on the Archaeology of Southwestern Asia, 2006-present.

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Forschungsbereich Altsteinzeit Museum Monrepos, Neuwied, Germany, 6/93-6/95. Archaeological and paleoenvironmental research.

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, 1/91-5/93.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Giza Plateau Mapping Project, 10/90-1/91. Analysis of archaeological materials from the 1988-1989 excavations at Giza.