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Melanie Augstein

Dr. phil., Magistra Artium


Research associate


Tel.: +49 4421 5074057




Curriculum vitae
since 08/2023Research associate at the NIhK, Wilhelmshaven
2020-2023Research associate at the Chair for Pre- and Protohistory at Leipzig University. DFG Research Grant (temporary position as principal investigator). Project: »Manipulation of Objects from Graves – Aspects of Ritual and Symbolic Communication between Late Bronze Age and Late Latène Period in South and Southwest Germany«
2018-2020Research associate at the Chair for Pre- and Protohistory at the Heinrich Schliemann-Institute for Ancient Studies, Rostock University
2011-2018Research associate at the Chair for Pre- and Protohistory at Leipzig University
2012PhD Graduation (Pre- and Protohistory) at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Thesis: The Hallstatt- and Early Latène period burial ground of Dietfurt in its cultural context
2004Master Graduation (Magistra Artium) at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. Thesis: Open settlements of the Middle and Late Latène period in Middle and Western Europe
1997-2004Studies of Pre- and Protohistory, Art History and Folklore Studies/Empirical Cultural Studies at Münster University and Tübingen University


Research priorities
•  Archaeology of death and burial
•  Burial rituals


Current research topics
•  Rituals in a new light – Modern field research, documentation and visualisation strategies using the example of the burial ground of Nienbüttel


Memberships, honorary offices
•  Cluster 3 »Body and death« of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI)
•  International Sachsensymposion
•  German Society for Pre- and Protohistory (DGUF)
•  Archaeological Society for Bavaria
•  Archaeological Society for Saxony
•  Tübinger Association for the Promotion of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology (TÜVA)
•  Working group »Iron Age«
•  Working group »Roman Iron Age in Barbaricum«
•  Working group »Theories in Archaeology«