CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Clara Drummer

Clara Drummer

The Transition from the Wartberg Culture to the Single Grave Culture in Hessen, Germany

Leibnizstraße 3, R. 128 

Subproject D2: Third millennium transformations of social and economic practices in the German Lower Mountain Range




PhD project

The 3rd Millennium BC in Central Germany. Case studies about burial rites in Late Neolithic Lower Mountain Ranges of Germany and its transformation processes in Final Neolithic (working title)

Megalithic graves with collective burial rite in Late Neolithic Central Germany are connected to the Wartberg Culture. With the emerge of the Single Grave Culture/Corded Ware around 2800 BC in Hesse, changes in the archaeological record are visible. New results from aDNA-Analyses connecting the Corded Ware with the Yamnaya-people from the Eastern Steppe. Especially in northern Hesse hints of a transitional phase between the Wartberg Culture and the Single Grave Culture are visible in the graves. Reasons and explanations for these transformations are still under discourse. Therefore, the main focus of this thesis deals with the possible reasons for these transformation processes and the question if it’s triggered by different population, as current aDNA-researches suggest.

CRC 1266 Interlinking Group

Social Organisation and built space

Research Interests

Neolithic Archaeology, Geophysics in Archaeology, Settlement Archaeology, GIS, Sociology, UAV


Master of Arts in Archaeological Sciences (Pre- and Protohistory) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg about the Linear Pottery Culture in Upper Franconia

2011 - 2016
Studies of Archaeological Sciences (Pre- and Protohistory/Classical Archaeology) at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Work expereience

excavation leader of the Iron age burial mound 2 in Simmelsdorf-Sankt Helena, Lkr. Simmelsdorf (Campaign 2016 of the training excavation of the University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Doris Mischka)

geomagnetic prospection of the Urnfield fortification Heunischenburg, Lkr. Kronach

geomagnetic prospection of the linear pottery settlement at Wallerstein, Lkr. Donau-Ries

Selected Publications

D. Mischka/W. Schirmer/B. Zach unter Mitarbeit von K. Buchholz und C. Drummer, Vorbericht zu den Feldforschungen der linearbandkeramischen Siedlung von Eschlipp in Oberfranken, Gemeinde Ebermannstadt, Kreis Forchheim, Bayerische Vorgeschichtsblätter 80, 2015, 7–37.

C. Drummer/C. Mischka 2015, Gradiometerprospektion einer linearbandkeramischen Großsiedlung bei Wallerstein, Landkreis Donau-Ries, Schwaben, Archäologisches Jahr in Bayern, 2014, 18–19.




New Publications