Katharina is a prehistoric archaeologist working at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her main research interests include the archaeology of the human body, gender, identity and personhood as expressed through funerary practices and art. She specialises in the Bronze and Iron Ages of Europe. As a mother of two young boys, she gathered some practical experience in addition to her theoretical interest in motherhood.
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Monthly Archives: November 2014
The analysis of ancient DNA is a key method in our project. We will apply aDNA analysis to get more information on two crucial questions: First, we would like to find out of girl and boy babies were valued and … Continue reading
All mothers are working mothers. Looking after babies and young infants is a hard job in its own right, but the notion of a stay at home mum was most likely alien to prehistoric people. Women’s working capacity outside their … Continue reading
I have been thinking about the shape of this project for a very long time – it is one of the projects that probably had a ‘gestation period’ of almost a decade. I have always been interested in explaining mortuary … Continue reading
This blog about motherhood in prehistory accompanies the research project ‘The social status of motherhood in Bronze Age Europe‘ hosted by OREA at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF from 2015 to 2017.