Florian Sauer - New postdoc at the Department of Archeaology and Heritage Management

Florian Sauer joins CAS from 1 October where he will be working on the project: "Apocalypse Then? The Laacher See volcanic eruption, Deep Environmental History and Europe’s Geo-cultural Heritage”.

28.09.2017 | Camilla Dimke

I have studied at the Institute for Prehistory (Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte) at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg where I have finished my PhD in the spring of 2017. In my dissertation, I researched the “Late Palaeolithic Land Use Patterns in the northern Bavarian low mountain range”. Using a GIS-based approach I analyzed possible relationships between the site locations and the potential biodiversity provided by the landscape’s morphological makeup. Furthermore, analysis of the raw material procurement patterns showed long-distance connections of Federmesser-sites into the lowlands of northern Germany.

Based on my work on Late Glacial hunter-gatherers I visited Aarhus University from May to July 2017 kindly supported by the AUFF visiting grant. In these three months, Felix Riede and I worked on the revision of the complex taxonomic landscape of the Late Glacial cultural and subcultural units in Central Europe.

Beginning October, I will be working as a postdoctoral researcher in the project “Apocalypse Then? The Laacher See volcanic eruption, Deep Environmental History and Europe’s Geo-cultural Heritage” where the focus of my work lies on the archaeological predictive modelling (APM) of potential Late Palaeolithic site-locations in context with tephra of the Laacher See eruption. The area of interest is the state of Hesse for which I am currently revising a database of caves and rock shelters that will form the basis of the APM. In the spring of 2018 it is planned to test these predictions by fieldworks in select locations. The goal is to find sites which allow the investigation into the influence of the massive volcanic eruption on the lifeways of the late glacial foragers in central Germany 13.000 years ago. At the same time this gives us the rare opportunity to ground-truth the results of the APM.

Besides landscape archaeology I am working on SFM-modelling of lithic artefacts and large-scale structures by aerial photography as well as a graphic designer for print media and exhibitions and as a freelance plan-developer for archaeological excavation companies in Bavaria.

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