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Lorenz Rahmstorf is a prehistorian specialized in the Aegean Bronze Age. His research interests focus on the third and second millennia BC Aegean, Europe and West Asia and more specifically on weight metrology, early trade, textile production, transfer of innovations and urbanisation processes. He obtained the degrees of a MA (Bristol), PhD (Heidelberg) and Habilitation (Mainz) and participates in various international research projects. He gained excavation experience in a number of projects in Greece, Germany, France, Egypt and Israel. He has studied and worked extensively abroad, in England, Greece and Denmark and gained substantial teaching experience at several universities, at both undergraduate and graduate level.
Born in 1970 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2015- University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Associate Professor, ERC-Project “WEIGHTANDVALUE”
2013-2015 University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Affiliated Guest Researcher, Centre for Textile Research and Affiliated External Lecturer, SAXO Institute
2012-2013 University of Saarbrücken, Germany, Replacement of chair [Professor of Pre- and Protohistory]
2002-2012 University of Mainz, Germany, Akademischer Rat auf Zeit (2008–2012), Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (2002–2008)
2006 University of Copenhagen, Denmark (October-December 2006), Guest Researcher, Centre for Textile Research
1998-2002 German Archaeological Institute, Athens, Greece, Research Assistant
2012 Habilitation at the University of Mainz, Germany: Studies on weight metrology and cultural contact in the third millennium BC
2002 PhD submitted at the University of Heidelberg, Germany: Small finds from Tiryns: Objects of Terracotta, Stone, Bone, Glass and Faience mainly from the Late Bronze Age.
1996 M.A. in Mediterranean Archaeology at the University of Bristol, Great Britain: The External Relations of Prepalatial Crete with the Eastern Mediterranean: a Review of the Evidence
1991-1994 Undergraduate studies at Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Research Projects and international colloborations
2015-2020 Principal investigator, Weight and Value: Weight metrology and its economic and social impact on Bronze Age Europe, West and South Asia, ERC Consolidator Grant, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2013-2015 Co-investigator, First Textiles, Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in collaboration with Małgorzata Siennicka
2013-2016 Co-investigator, Between Knowledge and Innovation: The Unequal Armed Balance, TOPOI Research Project D-5-5, University of Berlin, Germany, in collaboration with Jochen Büttner, TOPOI, Berlin
2012‐2013 Co-investigator, Metrologia-Project: Measures Systems and the Foundations of Ancient Cultures: Diachronic and Diatopic Studies of Weight and Capacity Measures, in collaboration with Adelheid Otto, University of Munich, Germany and Gregory Chambon, Universities of Brest
2012-13 Co-investigator, Negotiating Change – Cultural and Social Transformations in the Late 2nd Millennium BCE East Mediterranean, German-Israeli Foundation in collaboration with Joseph Maran, University of Heidelberg, Germany and Aren Maeir, University of Haifa, Israel
2006 Co-investigator, Tools and Textiles,in collaboration with Marie-Louise Nosch and Eva Andersson, Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Grants and Awards
2015 European Research Council Consolidator Grant, Brussels, Belgium
2006-2007 Travel Grant, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Cologne, Germany
2005 Special Award on the same terms as the Michael Ventris Memorial Award, Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, Great Britain
2004-2005 Habiliation Grant, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz, Germany
1997 Travel Grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany
University of Copenhagen, Denmark(in English):
2015 Introduction to Greek Prehistory. Lecture and seminar.
2014 Introduction to Greek Prehistory. Lecture and seminar.
University of Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany(in German):
2013 Archaeology of the Anglo-Saxons. Lecture and seminar.
2013 Acquisition, Trade and Use of Amber from the Beginnings to End of 2nd mill. BC. Seminar.
2012 The Carpathian Basin from the Palaeolithic to the Magyars. Lecture and seminar.
2012 The Early Bronze Age in Central Europe. Lecture.
2012 Settlements of the Early Bronze Age in Central Europe. Seminar.
University of Mainz, Germany(in German):
2011 Theories and concepts in Pre- and Protohistory. Lecture.
2008-11 Archaeological Practice. Course.
2005-11 Introduction to Pre- and Protohistory. Course.
2009-11 Characteristic Artefacts of Pre- and Protohistory of Central Europe. Course.
2008-11 Sources for Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology. Course.
2010 The Archaeology of Sardinia in Later Prehistory. Seminar.
2009 Origin, Function and Decline of the State: Early Helladic and Mycenaean Greece. Seminar.
2008 The Corded Ware Phenomenon in Final Neolithic Central Europe. Seminar.
2007 Long-distance Contacts and Trade during the Bronze Age. Seminar.
2007 The Bell Beaker Phenomenon. Seminar.
2006 Dress, Textiles and the Production of Textiles during Prehistory. Seminar.
2006 Introduction to the Pre-and Protohistory of Hungary. Course and Excursion.
2005 Nationalism and Ethnicity in Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology. Course.
2005 Emergence of Urban … III: the Roman and Medieval city in Western Central Europe. Seminar
2004 Emergence of Urban Settlement Structures from the Beginnings to the Middle Ages II: the City in Greece and the Hellenistic World, in Italy and Central Europe in the 1st millennium BC. Seminar.
2004 Emergence of Urban Settlement Structures from Beginnings to Middle Ages I: the city in Syro-Palestine, Cyprus and the Aegean until the 2nd millennium BC. Seminar.
2004 Introduction to the Pre-and Protohistory of Poland. Course and Excursion.
2004 Fundamental Texts on Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology. Course.
2003 Artefacts of the Aegean Bronze Age. Course.
2003 Preparation of the excursion to SW Germany, Alsace and North Switzerland. Seminar.
2002 Neolithic and Bronze Age Wetland dwellings around the Alps. Seminar.
2002 Methodology in preparation of an excavation: surveying a micro-region. Course.