Prof. Dr Andreas Hauptmann

Research Interests

  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Geoscientific Archaeometry
  • Mineralogy

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2013 
Consulting Scholar of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • 2004
 Adjunct professor for Archaeometry at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • 2002
 Supervisor/lead researcher of the research group “Archaeometry/Archaeometallurgy” at the research centre of Archaeology and Materials Science of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum in Bochum
  • 2000
 Sabbatical term/short term lectureship at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Anthropology
  • 1998
 Habilitation at the Faculty for Geosciences of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum: "Zur frühen Metallurgie des Kupfers in Fenan, Jordanien" (Of the early copper Metallurgy in Fenan, Jordan)
  • 1989
 Head of the Institute of Archaeometallurgy at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, Bochum
  • Since 1987
 Teachings at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in the field of Archaeometry/Archaeometallurgy for the chair of Prehistoric Archaeology and the Institute of Geology, Mineralogy and Geophysics. Establishment of the curriculum "Geowissenschaftliche Archäometrie" (Geoscientific Archaeometry). Link Archaeometry
  • Since 1976
 Research assistant and curator of the mineralogical and geological collection at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum. Establishment of the exhibition hall "Lagerstätten und Erze" (deposits and ores), simultaneous establishment of the "Institut für Archäometallurgie" (Institute of Archaeometallurgy) with the support of the VolkswagenStiftung, Hannover
  • Studies of Mineralogy at the University of Freiburg i. Breisgau; doctoral thesis about early copper metallurgy in Oman at the faculty of Geosciences of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Research Activities Regarding Archaeometry

  • 2013
 Expansion of the Ur-Project, Mesopotamia to include the collection of the British Museum (Dr. Susan LaNiece, Dr. Sarah Collins)
  • Appointment as Consulting Scholar at the Penn Museum
  • 2009
 Research project gold artefacts and other objects of the royal burials of Ur, Mesopotamia, collection of the Penn Museums, Philadelphia (Prof. Dr. R. Zettler). In cooperation with PD Dr. Sabine Klein, J.W. Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main, PD Dr. Barbara Armbruster, University of Toulouse
  • 2009
 Collaboration with the graduate school in the field of „Rohstoffe, Innovationen, Technologie alter Kulturen (RITaK)“ (Raw materials, innovations, technology of old civilizations) of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, supervision of doctoral thesis
  • 2006
 Research projects in archaeometallurgy of the prehistorical Sinai. In collaboration with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (German Archaeological Institute), Cairo and the Orient Department.
  • 2006
 Research project "Gold in Georgien" (gold in Georgia)
  • 2002
 Examination of the archaemetallurgical finds of Tall Magass and Tall Hujayrat al-Ghuzlan, Aqaba. In collaboration with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (German Archaeological Institute), Orient Department and the Jordan-University in Amman.
  • 2002- 2006
 Composition and expansion of interdisciplinary concepts in Mining Archaeology and Archaeometallurgy in Georgia
  • 2001 
Co-Organisation and setup of the exhibition „Georgien – Schätze aus dem Land des Goldenen Vlies“ (Georgia – Treasures from the country of the Golden Fleece) at the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum
  • 2000
 Sabbatical term/short term lectureship at the University of California, San Diego, Department of Anthropology
  • Research on the Early Bronze Age copper production and trade in the Levant. In collaboration with the University of California, San Diego, Dept. of Anthropology
  • Since 1995
 Research on the origin of the Sumerian copper from Magan. In collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry), Mainz, and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
  • Since 1994
 Research on the early metallurgy at the upper Euphrates. In collaboration with the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, University "La Sapienza", Rome.
  • Since 1993 
Research on the early copper trade in the Southern Levant. In collaboration with the Israel-Museum, Jerusalem, Max-Planck-Institut für Chemie (Max-Planck-Institute for Chemistry), Mainz and for nuclear physics, Heidelberg.
  • 1990-1995
 Shared research project on early iron production on the Swabian Alps with the Landesdenkmalamt Baden-Württemberg (State Conservation Agency of Baden-Wuerttemberg)
  • 1990-1994 
Shared research project of the iron production in imperial times in Joldelund, Schleswig in collaboration with the Landesdenkmalamt Schleswig Württemberg ( State Conservation Agency of Schleswig) and the University of Kiel.
  • Since 1990
 Shared research project of the Late Bronze Age copper production in Trentino in collaboration with the Ufficio Beni Archeologici Trento
  • 1999ff
 Participation at the excavations of the University of California, San Diego, in Fenan (Department of Mining Archaeology, Archaeometallurgy)
  • 1983-1993
 Head of the German-Jordanian research project „Zur frühen Kupfergewinnung in Fenan, Jordanien“ (On early copper exploitation in Fenan, Jordan), sponsored by the Volkswagen-Stiftung. Participation of the Max-Planck-Institutes for Chemistry, Mainz, and for nuclear physics, Heidelberg, FU Berlin, University of Tübingen, University of Sheffield.
  • 1981
 Participation in an expedition to Thasos („Die alten Goldgruben des Herodot“ (The old Gold Mines of Herodotus)) of the Max-Planck-Institute for nuclear physics, Heidelberg, and the Deutsches Bergbau-Museums.
  • 1974, 1976
 Participation in the Timna-expedition of the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum and the University Tel Aviv/Israel

Congress Organisation

  • 2011
 „Archaeometallurgy in Europe III“, Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, 29.6.-1.7. 2011
  • 2009
 Jahrestagung "Archäometrie und Denkmalpflege" (Annual congress “Archaeometry and monument conservation), Munich.
Joined congress of the research groups in the DHG, GdCh and GNAA.
  • 2007
 Chairman International Symposium "Archaeometallurgy in Europe", Aquileia/Grado, June 2007
  • 2006
 Member of the "standing committee" of the congress series "The Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys"
  • 2006
 International Symposium "Von Maikop bis Trialeti" (From Maikop to Trialeti). In collaboration with the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Eurasien-Abteilung (German Archaeological Institute, Eurasia-Department) and the University of Tübingen, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology).
  • 1995
 International Symposium "The Beginnings of Metallurgy", Berlin, Bochum. In collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for nuclear physics, Heidelberg
  • 1987 
International Symposium "Old World Archaeometallurgy", Heidelberg, In collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for nuclear physics, Heidelberg


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Publications Prof. Dr Andreas Hauptmann