Group Leader

PD Dr. Simone Riehl

Simone Riehl is currently responsible for the archaeobotanical work group at the Institute for Archaeological Science. She studied early prehistory, geology, botany, archaeobotany and climatology at the Universities of Basel, Tübingen, Sheffield and Madison-Wisconsin. Her teaching covers archaeobotany and environmental archaeology. She is project archaeobotanist in several archaeological excavations in the Near East, including Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and Iran. Simone‘s main areas of research include: palaeoethnobotany the emergence and development of agriculture, palaeoecology and environmental archaeology of the Middle East, ostracods as palaeoenvironmental indicators, palaeoclimate models in archaeology, stable carbon isotopes as palaeoclimate proxies. More...

Private docents and professors

PD Dr. Katleen Deckers

Katleen Deckers is researcher and private docent at the Institute for Archaeological Science. Katleen studied archaeology at the University of Leuven and proceeded with a PhD on Cypriot geoarchaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She came to Tübingen in 2002, first as post-doctoral researcher in the DFG-Graduate College "Anatolia and its neighbours" and since then has collaborated in and directed several projects. She received an “Elite Grant” of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg (2005-2009) and a Margarethe-von-Wrangell-Habilitation fellowship (2008-2013). In February 2014 she habilitated in “Archaeological Sciences” at the University of Tübingen.
Katleen is interested in the former interactions between people and their environment in the Near East, but also in other regions. She has applied a wide range of methodologies to investigate questions regarding this topic, including charcoal analysis (identification and diameter, ring-width and stable isotopic measurements), geoarchaeology, remote sensing, GIS-analysis, and Thermoluminescence screening.More...

PD Dr. Elena-Marinova-Wolff

is Head of the Archaeobotany Unit at the Baden-Württemberg State Office for Cultural Heritage and since 2012 Associated Professor at the Institute of Archaeological Science, University of Tübingen. Between 2007-2017 she was a research fellow at the Centre for Archaeological Science, KU Leuven, Belgium and from 2013 to 2017 part time research fellow at Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences in Brussels. From 2001 to 2007 she has been Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Palynology, department of Botany at Sofia University, Bulgaria.
Her research experience covers past vegetation and climate in relation to reconstruction of natural and anthropogenic vegetation change, as well as archaeobotanical studies related with the subsistence and land use strategies in Europe and the Near East. She seeks for effective mechanisms to integrate research-oriented aims and methods into heritage practice and rescue excavation projects. At Tübingen Elena Marinova teaches students in archaeobotany, environmental archaeology and paleoecology. More...
Web of Science ResearcherID  E-9935-2010
ORCID 0000-0003-3793-3317
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Senior Affiliated Researchers

Andrea Orendi

Agricultural dynamics at Bronze Age and Iron Age sites in Palestine.
Kollaborationspartner / Collaborator for Module ASHE 11

Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Özgür Çizer

Plant subsistence and agriculture in ancient Anatolian societies More...

Dr. Doğa Karakaya

Doga Karakaya is an archaeobotanist who specialized in the identification of charred seeds and fruits. He finished his Ph.D. in 2020 at the University of Tübingen in the Natural Sciences in Archaeology Institute. In his dissertation, he focused on the archaeological transitions through analyzing the plant macro-remains from an Early Bronze-Iron Age settlement in south-central Turkey, Tell Tayinat. Recently, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the University of Tübingen studying the plant macro-remains from Zincirli Höyük in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin. This study was part of a larger project which aims to uncover the environmental impact of nomadic communities in the south-central Turkey through environmental archaeological methods. Furthermore, he is involved in several archaeological research projects in Turkey, Iran, Spain and Greece to investigate a wide range of research topics including the dispersal of crops, early agricultural ecosystems, the impact of land-use practices and subsistence during climatic and social instabilities. More...

Current PhD Students

Corinna Rößner

since 2015: Wechselwirkungen sozialer Differenzierung, ökologischen und ökonomischen Wandels am Beginn des Neolithikum. Der Fundort Körtik Tepe (Südosttürkei). More...

Marc Hradecky

Morphometry of ancient grape (Vitis vinifera). More...

Marco Nicoli
in progress since 2017: Agriculture in Transition: An Archaeobotanical Study of Bronze and Iron Age Sites in the Southern Levant. More...

Amy Oechsner
in progress since 2018: Digging deeper: An Archaeobotanical Analysis of Pre-Still Bay Layers BS1 (Brown Sand 1)-PBS/GRE (Gregor) in Sibudu Cave. More...

Nami Shin
in progress since 2019: Bronze Age Anatolian Agricultural Dynamics (BAAAD): The development of Bronze Age agricultural practices at Kaymakçı and Beycesultan, western Anatolia. More...

Mohammed Babiker
in progress since 2021: Plant use in Meriotic and Medieval settlements in the Sudan.

Completed PhD Dissertations

Alexander Weide

The origins of agriculture at the Aceramic Neolithic Site of Chogha Golan, Ilam Province, Iran (working title).

Andrea Orendi

Agricultural dynamics at Bronze Age and Iron Age sites in Palestine.
Kollaborationspartner / Collaborator for Module ASHE 11

Jonathan Baines

Late Pleistocene to Early Holocene plant subsistence in Iranian archaeological sites. More...

Gerlinde Bigga

Die Pflanzen von Schöningen - Botanische Makroreste aus den mittelpleistozänen Ablagerungen und das Nutzungspotenzial einer interglazialen Paläoflora, 2014

Özgür Çizer

Archaeobotanical investigations of plant cultivation and husbandry practices at the Early Bronze Age settlement Küllüoba in West-Central Turkey: Considerations on environment, climate and economy, 2015

Doğa Karakaya

The archaeobotanical investigation of crop husbandry regimes during the Iron Age at Tell Tayinat and Zincirli, southern Turkey. More...