Jana Kunze

Function: PhD student and research assistant

Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen
Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Abt. Paläoanthropologie
Rümelinstr. 23
D-72070 Tübingen

Office: Room 509, Hauptgebäude, 2. OG
Tel.: +49-(0)7071-29-76557
Email: jana.kunzespam

Consulting hours: by arrangement


After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Archaeology and History at the University of Bonn, Jana Kunze decided to shift her focus towards Archaeological Sciences. Specializing in Paleoanthropology, she completed her M.Sc. in the Institute of Archaeological Sciences at the University of Tübingen in 2019. During the master’s program, she developed an interest in the analysis of hand bones, which resulted in a Master Thesis on the ontogeny of entheseal patterns in human hand bones. Jana Kunze continues this research in her PhD project, analyzing functional adaptations in the hominin hand skeleton and its muscle attachment sites. The project aims to reconstruct habitual hand use both in adults and subadults by analyzing entheseal patterns, and to investigate the relationships between entheseal patterns and bone morphology.

Main Research Interests

  • Ontogeny of hominin hand bones
  • Development of hominin manual dexterity
  • Activity reconstruction
  • 3-D geometric morphometrics
  • Musculoskeletal stress markers

Academic Background

2020 - Present
Ph.D. candidate in Paleoanthropology

Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment, University of Tübingen. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati, Prof. Dr. Christopher Miller

2017 - 2019
M.Sc. Archaeological Sciences with specialization in Paleoanthropology, University of Tübingen

“Ontogenetic three-dimensional analysis of the overall geometry and entheseal patterns of human hand bones”. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati, Dr. Sireen El-Zaatari

2013 -2017
B.A. Archaeology and History, University of Bonn

“Die drei Goldschalen aus dem Schatzfund von Szilágysomlyó - Eine Untersuchung zur Funktion der Schalen und der seitlich angebrachten Ringe“

Fieldwork Experience

Aug. – Sep. 2018

Excavation in an open-cast mine at the Paleolithic site of Schöningen, Germany

Apr. 2016 – Mar. 2017

Excavations of Medieval and Roman remains in Bonn, Germany, as an employee of the Excavation Company Fundort GmbH

Previous Employments in Academia

Apr. 2018 – May 2019

Student research assistant in Paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen

Teaching Experience

Summer Semester 2020

Introduction to Archaeological Sciences – Archaeobiology (practical)