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Prof. Dr. Thomas Saile

Chair holder


Current academic position

Full Professor of Prehistory and Early History (appointed to the chair in October 2010).


Previous employment

  • Substitute for the Chair of Prehistory and Early History, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena (2009).
  • Interim Professor of Prehistory and Early Historical Archaeology, Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg (2008/2009).
  • Research assistant in the Institute of Prehistory and Early History, Georg August University, Göttingen (1999–2005).

Academic qualification

  • Habilitation, Georg August University, Göttingen (habilitation thesis: Slawen in Niedersachsen. Zur westlichen Peripherie der slawischen Ökumene vom 6. bis 12. Jahrhundert); bestowal of venia legendi for the subject Prehistory and Early History on May 2, 2006.
  • PhD (Dr. phil.), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (doctoral thesis: Untersuchungen zur ur- und frühgeschichtlichen Besiedlung der nördlichen Wetterau); Jun 28, 1995 (summa cum laude/with highest distinction). – The dissertation was awarded the Sperl Prize of the University of Frankfurt.
  • Master’s degree (Magister Artium, M.A.) in Prehistory and Early History with minors in History and Soil Science, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main (Master’s thesis: Die Keramik der ältestbandkeramischen Siedlung Goddelau, Landkreis Groß-Gerau); Nov 30, 1990. – Study at Frankfurt am Main, Marburg, Kiel, and Dublin (UCD).

Recent publications (for more see ACADEMIA)

  • & J. Mazanec, S. Hummel, “Raptus Sabinae?” complemented: molecular genetic studies on a female calvarium of the Bandkeramik settlement of Rovantsi in Volhynia (UA). Sprawozdania Archeologiczne 72, 2020, 201–211.
  • The earthworks at Altheim: Built by many for many. In: J. Müller, M. Hinz, M. Wunderlich (Eds.), Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe. Proceedings of the international conference »Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe« (16th–20th June 2015) in Kiel. Vol. 1 (Bonn 2019) 131–151.
  • & M. Posselt, R. Schoon, C. Tinapp, Hollenstedt 2. Eine bandkeramische Siedlung an der mittleren Leine. Praehistorische Zeitschrift 93, 2018, 25–47.
  • & H. Sedlmaier, M. Dębiec, Šárka in Wolhynien und in Bayern. Ein Beitrag zu spätbandkeramischen Dreiecksintarsien. Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 48, 2018, 27–38.
  • & M. Posselt, B. Zirngibl, R. Schoon, B. Steinrücken, C. Tinapp, Die jungneolithischen Erdwerke von Altheim. Praehistorische Zeitschrift 92, 2017, 66–91.
  • & M. Dębiec, M. Posselt, S. Ţerna, D. Kiosak, Zur Bandkeramik zwischen Pruth und Südlichem Bug. Praehistorische Zeitschrift 91, 2016, 1–15.
  • Competing on unequal terms: saltworks at the turn of the Christian era. In: R. Brigand, O. Weller (Eds.), Archaeology of Salt: Approaching an invisible past (Leiden 2015) 199–209.
  • & M. Dębiec, Zu den östlichsten Siedlungen der frühen Bandkeramik. Praehistorische Zeitschrift 90, 2015, 1–19.
  • Salt in the Neolithic of Central Europe: production and distribution. In: V. Nikolov, K. Bacvarov (Eds.), Salt and Gold: The Role of Salt in Prehistoric Europe. Proceedings of the International Symposium (Humboldt-Kolleg) in Provadia, Bulgaria, 30 September – 4 October 2010 (Provadia, Veliko Tarnovo 2012) 225–238.
  • & C. Lorz, Anthropogenic pedogenesis of Chernozems in Germany? – A critical review. Quaternary International 243, 2011, 273–279.


  1. Fakultät für Philosophie, Kunst-, Geschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften
  2. Institut für Geschichte

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Thomas Saile