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Freie Universität Berlin
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prehistoric archaeology, gender archaeology, first millenium AD, iron age scandinavia, burial archaeology, visual repesentations of the past, the justinianic plague, lifeworlds, gender roles, and identity, methods of didactics and higher education in current archaeological study programs
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About Me

I’m PD Dr. Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann MHEd, and I’m a qualified (habil.) senior research fellow and Privatdozent at the Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, Freie Universität Berlin. I hold a doctorate in prehistoric archaeology from the University of Bonn (Germany) and a master’s degree in Higher Education from the
University of Hamburg (Germany). I’m also a contracted lecturer at Leuphana University Lüneburg and at Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg.

My research interests can be describes as the topics lifeworlds, gender roles, identity and diversity; visual representations and images of the past; the archaeology of diversity; gender archaeology; the archaeology of death and burial; mass graves; the Justinian plaque; aDNA and archaeology; rural settlements in social perspective; chronology; statistical methods and databases in archaeology; communicating archaeology; public archaeology and perception of cultural heritage; didactics in archaeology; research on study programs; scholarship of teaching and learning and the times and areas Iron Age Scandinavia; Roman Period; Migration Period; Merovingian Period; Viking Age; with focus on middle and northern Europe

Recent Publications

Learning to think critically = learning to see critically?
Critical Thinking in Prehistoric Archaeology as a science with mainly non-written primary sources In: Anja Centeno García/Anne Cornelia Kenneweg (Hrsg.), Kritisch. Denken. Lernen. Herausforderungen und Ansätze für die fachbezogene Hochschuldidaktik in den Geistes-, Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften. Themenheft die hochschullehre 2019, 1013-1022.

Gendered and diversified fieldwork classes in prehistoric archaeology? An examination of and a perspective on Bachelor study programs of German universities. In: Julia K. Koch/Wiebke Kirleis (Hrsg.), Gender Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies. Scales of Transformation 6 (Leiden 2019) 65-92.

The preservation of cultural heritage as part of university teaching. Some notes to problems and possibilities of realization in the
context of study program organization and didactic.Archäologische Informationen 42, 2019, Early View.

with Anja Pütz, Aschheim: Ein zentraler Ort? Eine Indiziensuche in den archäologischen Funden und Befunden. In: Jochen Haberstroh / Irmtraut Heitmeier (Hrsg.), Gründerzeit. Siedlung in Bayern zwischen Spätantike und Frühmittelalter (St. Ottilien 2019) 691-720.

with Bernd Päffgen, Heiner Schwarzberg, Marcel Keller, Andreas Rott and Michaela Harbeck, Digging up the plague: A diachronic comparison of aDNA confirmed plague burials and associated burial customs in Germany. Prähistorischen Zeitschrift 92/2, 2018, 405–427.

Individual lifeworlds and social structured societies in Merovingian settlements of the Munich Gravel Plain. In: Liv Helga Dommasnes / Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann / Alf Tore Hommedal, The Farm as a Social Arena (Münster 2016), 105-125.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Germany, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Ancient, Medieval
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Food History, Gender, Material Culture, Museums, Pedagogy, Rural & Agrarian History, Women