Hello and good day, My name is Dr. Julia Mattes M.A. I am a researcher in both prehistoric archaeology and art history. Due to a broad education and a liking for ‘thinking outside the box’ I enjoy to work in different fields of academia and have a wide-ranging expertise. I am a member of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University as well as an independent scholar and holder of a number of grants. My reserach interests are European prehistoric cult and religion, ancient diseases, climate change, ancient art and art history, gender in (pre)history and many more.
…since 2009 Dissertation project at the Free University Berlin: „Bronzene Tüllenbeile in Rumänien. Chronologisch-chorologische Studien“ („Socketed Axes in Romania“). Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Svend Hansen.
2009 Magister degree. Title of the work: „Bronzene Tüllenbeile in Rumänien. Chronologisch-chorologische Studien“. Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hänsel.
2001-2009 Studies in Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University Berlin. Minors: Classical Archaeology and Medieval History….
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.
My main areas of interest are prehistoric equitation, horse breeds of later prehistory and early medieval periods of Europe, lorinery and metalwork.
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.
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.
I have been a working archaeologist for almost 30 years in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. I am experienced with all aspects of terrestrial archaeological survey, site testing, site mitigation, artifact analysis, curation, data management, historic and archival research, and report writing. I have supervised hundreds of Phase I site delineations and have crewed or supervised numerous Phase II and III prehistoric and historic site investigations. I have taught prehistoric lithic and ceramic analysis, as well as historic artifact analysis to up to 8 individuals at the corporate level. I have given knapping and prehistoric pottery making demonstrations, as well as reproducing prehistoric vessels for museums and corporate culture. I am a GIS professional who uses aerial imagery and LiDAR to analyze the terrain on a regular basis. Additionally, I have spent almost 20 years processing and analyzing offshore geophysical data.
I work on art and archaeology from late Antiquity throughout the Middle Ages. I hold a BA from the University of Bonn, a MA and PhD in Archaeology from the University of Freiburg, and also a MA (by research) in History of Art from the University of York. Currently, I am a postdoc in the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. For detailed information, please see my hcommons website.
My research explores various aspects of visual and material culture across a broad time period and includes prehistoric art, graffiti, stone-working and sculpture, architecture, and photography. Much of my recent work has built on these interests to examine connections between archaeology and contemporary art and I am involved in several trans-disciplinary art / heritage collaborations.
Independent archaeological researcher looking at Iron Age gold torcs with Roland Williamson, Museum Replica Maker. …. and the Torc Collective – an informal group of very talented goldsmiths, silversmiths, jewellers and craftspeople.
2004-2010: Studies in Prehistoric Archaeology (Major), Archaeology of Early Christianity, History (Minors) at the University of Münster
2010: Magister Artium-Degree
2010-2017: Postgraduate Studies in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Münster, Faculty Member
I’m a scholar in archaeology, actually based at the University of Münster (north-western Germany). My research interests focus on the merovingian part of the Early Middle Ages, in particular on grave goods and questions about the religions of these time. Another area of interest are the philosophical bases of Archaeology.