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MemberJens Notroff

Studied Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University of Berlin under Prof. Hänsel and Prof. Teržan, where I finished studies in 2009 achieving the degree of Magister Artium. Main focus of research is the European Bronze Age, especially burial customs and material culture in view of the representation of prestige and social hierarchy, closely related to my interest in places of cult and ritual respectively the question of their archaeological evidence. Dissertation deals with the phenomenon of miniature swords in the Nordic Bronze Age and the role of these symbolic arms as markers of social rank. From Montelius’ Period IV onwards, miniature swords are found in burials while their larger pendants are mostly (but not exclusively) connected to depositions. Other than stated before, miniature swords are not displacing the large arms as grave goods completely – when they are disappearing from burials in Period V this also means the end of the Bronze Age miniature sword phenomenon in the North. Second field of research is the Pre-Pottery Neolithic and beginning sedentism as well as the development of early complex societies; affiliated with the Göbekli Type research project of the German Archaeological Institute’s Orient Department, excavating the oldest yet known monumental architecture – an early cultic centre or gathering place of hunter-gatherer groups near Şanlıurfa in south-eastern Anatolia.

MemberOliver Dietrich

…ca Cercetǎrilor Arheologice 2013 (Bukarest 2014), 111-112.

044. Oliver Dietrich, Jens Notroff, Klaus Schmidt, Recent Research 2013/14: Insights into a new Enclosure at Göbekli Tepe. In: Lee Clare, Jörg Becker (Hrsg.), Our Place: Our Place in the World. Newsletter August 2014, 5-6.

045. Jens Notroff, Oliver Dietrich, Klaus Schmidt, Building Monuments – Creating Communities. Early monumental architecture at Pre-Pottery Neolithic Göbekli Tepe. In: James Osborne (Hrsg.), Approaching Monumentality in the Archaeological Record. Albany: SUNY Press (2014), 83-105.

046. Laura Dietrich, Oliver Dietrich, Cristian Eduard Ştefan, Locuirea Coțofeni de la Rotbav, sud-estul Transilvaniei. In: Cristian Eduard Ştefan, Mihai Florea, Sorin-Cristian Ailincăi, Cristian Micu (Hrsg.), Studii privind preistoria sud-estului Europei. Vo…

I am a Berlin-based prehistoric archaeologist involved in research projects between the Carpathian Basin and the Near East, with a focus on the Neolithic and Bronze Age. My research interests include the archaeology of religion and cult, metallurgy, agents of craft in prehistory, and distribution modes of prehistoric innovations.

MemberJonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter specialises in the intersections between nineteenth-century visual, print, and technological cultures. He currently teaches academic skills and researches Victorian literature at Birmingham City University in the UK. He won the 2019 Mary Eliza Root prize from the Victorian Popular Fiction Association and his first book, Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Seeing, Thinking, Writing, was published at the end of 2018. Reviews for Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain:

  • Discourses of Vision examines a range of technologies, including the panorama, magic lantern, and stereoscopes, as well as experiences such as balloon travel and more abstract concepts such as understandings of political, personal and biological networks. It is an eclectic, and one might even say brave mix, and for the most part it works extremely well. […] Discourses of Vision is destined to become an oft-cited text because it fills a gap in the phenomenology of visual experience, and because of Potter’s commendable and original attention to the particularities and nuances of Victorian visual technologies.” (Owen Clayton, Journal of Victorian Culture, February 28, 2020)
  • “In Discourses of Vision in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Seeing, Thinking, Writing, Jonathan Potter’s ambitious remit is how visual technologies shaped not only ways of seeing and thinking, but also the shape of literature itself. This is a smart, fully packed book […]” (Pamela K. Gilbert, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Vol. 59 (4), 2019)
  • “Potter is consistently attentive to the transitions from the pictorial to the textual, the cognitive gaps between the titular triad: seeing, thinking, writing. […] On the whole, Potter’s book offers valuable insights through its extensive exploration of the relations between mind, perception, and the technological imagination.” (Patrick Armstrong, The British Society for Literature and Science, October 22, 2019)
  • “The scope of this project is vast, and Potter’s ability to synthesise its diversity of ideas into a coherent and compelling narrative is impressive. His bibliography is extensive and will prove of equal value to historians of visual media and those of Victorian culture. Most significantly, the book’s discursive, pluralistic drive has prepared a fertile base from which similar-minded enquiries into the interactions between visual technology and thought can flourish – in studies of nineteenth-century Britain and beyond.” (Thomas Haynes, Early Popular Visual Culture, October 4, 2019)

MemberCaroline Heitz

  I am an archaeologist working on prehistoric wetland sites and the archaeology of alpine spaces in the Circum Alpine region. I did my studies in Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology, Archaeological Science, Social Anthropology and the History of Eastern Europe. Accordingly, I have a deep interest in inter- and transdisciplinarity research. In my PhD thesis titling ‘Ceramics beyond Cultures: A praxeological approach to mobility, entanglements and transformation in the northern Alpine space (3950-3800 BC)’, I combined different thing, action, cultural and social theories with qualitative and quantitative methods of archaeology and archaeometry. While this project aimed at inquiring the role of spatial mobility for transformations in Neolithic pottery production and consumption practices, my latest research is focussed on the mutuality of human-environment-relations.  

MemberKirsty Millican

I completed my PhD from the University of Glasgow titled ‘Contextualising the Cropmark Record: The timber monuments of Neolithic Scotland’ in 2009. From 2009-10 I held a short-term lectureship at the University of of Aberdeen and from 2010 have worked for Historic Environment Scotland. I am currently Aerial Survey Projects Manager at Historic Environment Scotland and Affiliate Researcher (Archaeology) at the University of Glasgow. I am co-director of the Lochbrow Landscape Project, an archaeological survey project investigating the sites and landscapes at and around Lochbrow in Dumfries and Galloway. My research interests include the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Scotland, timber monumentality and the use of wood to build monuments, aerial archaeology and the interpretation of cropmarks, relationships between humans and the environment in prehistory, landscape archaeology and the integration of experiential and GIS approaches. My publications cover themes of Neolithic Scotland, cropmark archaeology, experiential and landscape archaeology.