Stephen Merkel M.A.

Research Interests

  • Archaeometry, Archaeometallurgy, and Conservation
  • Production and Trade of Silver and Brass in the Middle Ages
  • High Temperature Technologies: Glass, Ceramics, Metals
  • Experimental Archaeology

Curriculum Vitae


  • Since 2014 Research fellow at the Institute of Archaeology at the Ruhr University (Field: Archaeometry)

  • Since 2011 Doctoral candidate at the Ruhr Univeristy and the German Mining Museum Bochum in the graduate school ‘RITaK’ with the thesis “Silver and the Silver Economy at Hedeby”
  • 2008-2011 Architectural Conservator/Archaeologist for the US National Park Service, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

  • 2007 Archaeologist, URS Contract Archaeology Firm, Maryland, USA, and research assistant for the University College London as ceramic specialist in Belize

  • 2006 M.A. in Artefact Studies at the University College London (Focus: Archaeometry)
  • 2005 B.A. in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park

  • 2003 A.A. at Howard Community College






Further Information

Since 2012 collaborator in the VolkswagenStiftung project “Between the Vikings and the Hanse: Continuity and Transfer of the Trading Centers of Hedeby and Schleswig in the 11th Century”, Archäologisches Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein and Christian-Albrechts-Universität zur Kiel.

Institute of Archaeological Studies
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Am Bergbaumuseum 31
D-44791 Bochum

Publications Stephen Merkel