CRC 1266 - Scales of Transformation

Stefanie Schaefer

Stefanie Schaefer

Bronze Age Transformations in North Central Europe

Schloss Gottorf
Telefon: +49 431 880 - 5921 

Subproject D3: The Bronze Age in North Central Europe: Scales of transformation




PhD project

Bronze Age Transformations in Northern Germany: Scales of Transformation

This PhD project is part of the D3 project of the SFB1266 "Scales of Transformation - Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies" and is focused on Bronze Age transformation processes in Northern Germany. It is necessary to investigate changes and turning points as well as collapses, which can be social, economic or ideological. The aim of this project is the identification and comparison of local transformation processes, as well as the evaluation of regional and supra-regional triggers of these transformations. Changes of settlement activities around 1600 BC as well as transformations of material culture and burial rites around 1200 BC are the main focus of the research activities. Sites in Schleswig-Holstein around the Lake Belau and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania around Lake Woserin are test areas, which are selected with regard to both accessible environmental and archaeological archives.

CRC 1266 Interlinking Group

Economies: Stability and Transformation   

Research interests

Bronze Age Archaeology, Archaeological Theories, Material Culture Studies, Economic Theories, Prehistoric Textiles and Textile impressions, Cave Archaeology


2013 - 2016
Postgraduate Master-studies in Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology at Kiel University

2010 - 2013 
Undergraduate Bachelor-studies in Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology/ European Ethnology at Würzburg University

Work experience

2014 - 2016 
Student Assistent at Graduate School „Human Development in Landscapes“, Kiel University

Student Assistent at the department European Ethnology, Würzburg University (Project: „Unterfranken in der Nachkriegszeit – Zeitzeugenprojekt“)

2010 - 2015
Participation in various excavations in Germany (Bullenheimer Berg; Zisterzienser-Kloster Walkenried; Lichtensteinhöhle; Einhornhöhle) and Poland (Bruszczewo).

Participation in other various archaeological fieldwork (Magnetic prospections, Drillings, surveys, 3D-modelling) in Germany (Bullenheimer, Berg, Lichtensteinhöhle, Kleiner Heldenberg, Möweninsel).

Selected Publications

S. Schaefer, Prehistoric inhumations in caves in Central Europe. In: O. Nakoinz/J. Kneisel/M. Hinz/G. De Mulder, Turning Points and Change in Bronze Age (2400 – 800 BC). Modes of change – inhumation versus cremation in Bronze Age burial rites. International Open Workshop Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes IV, Kiel (in print).

J. Kneisel/S. Schaefer, Webgewichte – Textilabdrücke in der Bronzezeit Mitteleuropas. In: S. Sabatini/S. Bergerbrandt (eds.), Textile production in Europe and the Mediterranean. Textile Conference Göteborg 12-13 march (in print).

S. Schaefer, Textile impressions on ceramics from the late Neolithic to the early Iron Age in Central Europe. In: A. Ulanowska/M. Siennicka, Tradition and Innovation in Textile Technology in Bronze Age Europe and the Mediterranean. 22df Annual Meeting of the EAA, 31st August – 4th September 2016 Vilnius. Światowit (in prep).

New Publications