ABOUT

I work on art and archaeology from late Antiquity throughout the Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the early medieval period. I hold degrees in archaeology and art history from the Universities of Bonn, Freiburg, and York. Currently, I am a postdoc in the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. For detailed information, please see my CV.

RESEARCH

My forthcoming book Image and Ornament in the Early Medieval West with Cambridge University Press explores post-Roman art and emphasises aesthetic variety over ethnic and religious dichotomies.

My next project (tentatively entitled Medieval Material Culture and the Senses) aims at investigating the field of sensory experience and material culture in the European Middle Ages. This includes every-day and elite objects as well as the built environment, and more broadly the medieval landscape. This future project combines literary accounts on the medieval perception of the senses and current archaeological approaches towards sensory perception to reconstruct how medieval people ‘sensed’ and perceived their environment through material culture.

Published with De Gruyter, Archäologische Chronologie und historische Interpretation (2016) explores material culture and historical narratives in late antique and early medieval southern Germany, especially in terms of archaeological dating methods. The correspondence analysis of c. 650 Merovingian-period graves led to a new chronological model for early medieval southern Germany from the early fifth to the mid-eighth century. In 2018, the book was awarded the Barbara Scholkmann Förderpreis für Historische Archäologie from the University of Tübingen. The relevant data and CA plots are available at DOI

I have also edited, together with James Harland, the recent volume Interrogating the ‘Germanic’ (2021) that brings together contributions from across the disciplines on the term ‘Germanic’, which is frequently used as a category for a range of forms of cultural and literary material.

TEACHING

At the Universities of Vienna and Freiburg, I have thought broad survey courses in the archaeology from the Roman Period to the later Middle Ages, as well as lectures and classes on archaeology and visual culture and medieval urbanism in Eurasia and (see here for more details).