Academic Career

January 2015

Venia legendi in Prehistory at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

February 2014

Habilitation thesis on "The Dynamic of Neolithisation in Southeast Europe. Beginnings of Agriculture, Stockbreeding and Sedentary Life"


Doctorate at the Institute for Prehistory of the Free University of Berlin, supervised by Prof. Bernhard Hänsel and Prof. Hermann Parzinger


Studies of Proto- and Prehistory, Classical Archaeology, Philosophy, Classical Philology and Comparative and Indogermanic Linguistics at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Free University Berlin

Professional Career

since June 2018

Heisenberg position at the Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology of the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

July 2017-May 2018

Heisenberg fellowship of the German Research Foundation

October 2008-June 2017

Research fellow at the Institute for Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology of the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen

March 2007-February 2008

Research fellow at the Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology of the Free University Berlin

Oktober 2005-September 2008

Temporary Position for Principal Investigators at the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute. DFG-Project Ovcarovo-Gorata


Freelance work for the Saxon State Office of Archaeology in Dresden


Four contracts as a student assistant at the German Archaeological Institute for feald research at the lower Yantra river, BG

May 1999-April 2000

Student assistant at the Hermann von Helmholtz center for culture technology as an custodian for the study collection of the Institute for Proto- and Prehistory at the Humboldt University


Freelance work on behalf of the Brandenburg State Office for Heritage Management for several excavations in Brandenburg


Student assistant on excavations of the German Archaeological Institute:

July 1995 (Iatrus-Krivina, BG)

August 1996 (Iatrus-Krivina, BG)

August-September 1997 (Kirklareli, TR)

July 1989 & July 1990

Excavation employee at the Museum for Prehistory and Early History, Potsdam

February 1989 & February 1990

Two internships at the Antiquities Collection of the Berlin State Museums (GDR)

Scholarships and Honors

since 2018

Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute

since 2017

Heisenberg Grant of the German Research Foundation

October 2004 - September 2005

Travel Grant of the German Archaeological Institute


PhD scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation


Archaeological Society in Berlin and Brandenburg

German-Bulgarian Society (Vize-President)

Greenpeace (sustaining member)

Collaborative Research Centre 1070 "RessourceCultures" of the DFG

Tübingen Association for the Promotion of Prehistory and Early History

Centre for Archaeology and Cultural History of the Black Sea Region

Evaluator`s work

Research funding

German Research Foundation

German Academic Exchange Service

Journal reviews

Bulgarien Jahrbuch

Documenta Praehistorica

Journal of World Prehistory

Archaeologia Bulgarica

Patrimonium Banaticum

Praehistorische Zeitschrift

Conferences & Workshops

8th May 2015

Bulgarian Ressources (Tübingen, BG)


23th-26th April 2015

Early Balkan Metallurgy (Sozopol, BG)

(3rd Varna Chronology Workshop)


17th-18th December 2014

2nd Varna Chronology Workshop (Tübingen, D)

9th May 2014

Southeast Europe before Neolithisation (Tübingen, D)


31st January-1st February 2014

1st Varna Chronology Workshop (Tübingen, D)

8.-9. April 2009

Beginnings. New Research in the Appearance of the Neolithic between Northwestern Anatolia and the Carpathian Basin (Istanbul, TR)