I am a Near Eastern Archaeologist based in Germany and focused on the methodology of reconstruction of ancient architecture. I received my degree at the Free University of Berlin, Germany and am still anrolled as a PhD student with a thesis about the influence and development of archaeological reconstruction drawings of the 19th and 20th century. During my time as a student, I started a company called Artefacts, that focused on creating visual reconstructions of ancient architecture and worked for various projects. I am currently a research assistant at the University of Cologne and work in the newly created Master-programm of Archaeoinformatics (Computational Archaeology) as a specialist in 3D Documentation and Modelling. I am also a Fellow for Innovations in Digital Teaching and explore new ways of communicating archaeological knowledge with modern technologies in an associated project.


  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
    • 2013 to present | Promotion (Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology)
    • 2002 to 2010 | Magister Artium (Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology)

Other Publications


  • since 2008: Foundation of the company Artefacts
    • Focus on the visualisation of scientific data, especially the reconstruction of ancient architecture.
  • 2008-2013: Uruk Visualisation of the Oriental Department of the German Archaeological Insitute
    • Reconstruction and visualisation of selected architecture of the site of Uruk/Iraq.
  • since 2011: Mari Visualisation of the excavation project at the University of Paris
  • since 2013: TOPOI Research Project B-2-3 “Big buildings – big architecture? The cultural significance of size in the architecture of the ancient Near East” at the Freie Universität Berlin and the German Archaeological Instiute
    • Reconstruction and visualisation of selected architecture of the site of Uruk/Iraq and Habuba Kabira/Iraq. Calculation of the utilised building materials on the basis of the 3D models.
  • since 2015: Qantir-Piramesse excavation project
    • Digitalisation of the excavation results and reconstruction of selected architecture for presentation and research.
  • 2018: Erfahrbarkeit des Altertums mit Hilfe sensorischer Archäologie
    • Fellowship for innovations in digital teaching by the ministry of culture and science of Northrhine-Westphalia
  • 2018: Virtualisation of the burial chamber of Köln-Weiden

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

together with E. Deschler-Erb/S. Geiermann: The burial chamber of Köln-Weiden, 19th International Congress of Classical Archaeology in Cologne/Bonn, 22th-26th of May 2018. Organizer of the Symposium “Communicating the Past in the Digital Age – Digital methods for teaching and learning in Archaeology” at the University of Cologne, 12-13th of October 2018: https://communicatingthepast.hcommons.org/


Sebastian Hageneuer

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