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Dr. Eva Rosenstock

Research Interests:

Prehistoric archaeology; settlement archaeology; economic archaeology; anthropological archaeology


Eva is a prehistoric archaeologist currently teaching at Freie Universität Berlin. A comparative perspective between the Near East and Europe has proven a useful approach for many topics in her research. Among these are Eva’s Ph.D. on tell sites, her excavations on the 6th millennium site of Çatalhöyük West in Central Anatolia and her PostDoc research on the biological standard of living in prehistory.

Project Abstract

Wild Times, Tame Times: The Cultural Appropriation of Natural Cyclical Processes between Holocene Southwest Asia and Europe. 

Temporal rythms are inherent to all living beings. While a hunter-gatherer way of life requires only the knowledge of such processes, cultivation and domestication are often associated with the active modification and appropriation of these natural rythms for human benefit. Between unchanged, “wild“ and related cycles on the one hand, and purely artificial cycles on the other hand, such “tamed“ rythms represent an intermediate stage within the spectrum of cyclical processes. Since these cycles are considered to be of universal validity, they can be used as analogies for interpreting fragmentary evidence of prehistoric processes. Based on published chrono-biological and cultural-anthropological data, a complex of research questions pertaining to this idea will be developed in the framework of the project. Moreover, the project also aims to assess the range of natural and modified cycles, as well as to elucidate their significance by looking at exemplary Holocene economies.

Curriculum vitae

2011 – 2018

Leitung der Emmy-Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe „Lebensbedingungen und biologischer Lebensstandard in der Vorgeschichte“, Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie der Freien Universität Berlin

2006 – 2011

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Institut für Prähistorische Archäologie der Freien Universität Berlin

2005 – 2006

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsgeschichte der Universität Tübingen



Dr. phil. an der Fakultät für Kulturwissenschaften der Universität Tübingen


2001 – 2005

Promotionsstudiengang, Universität Tübingen sowie University of Durham


1995 – 2000

Studium der Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Physischen Anthropologie und Vergleichenden Sprachwissenschaft sowie Agrarwissenschaft an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, TU München und Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen

Selected Publications

E. Rosenstock/A. Masson/B. Zich, Moraines, megaliths and moo: putting the prehistoric tractor to work. In: M. Hinz/J. Müller (Hrsg.), Megaliths, Societies and Landscapes – Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe. Proceedings of the International Workshop in Kiel 16th - 20th June 2015, in press.

J. Hendy/A. Colonese/I. Franz/R. Fernandes/R. Fischer/D. Orton/A. Lucquin/L. Spindler/J. Anvari/E. Stroud/P. F. Biehl/C. Speller/N. Boivin/M. Mackie/R. R. Jersie-Christensen/J. V. Olsen/M. Collins/O. Craig/E. Rosenstock, Ancient proteins from ceramic vessels at Çatalhöyük West reveal the hidden cuisine of early farmers. Nature Communications 9, 2018: 4064. 

E. Rosenstock/A. Scheibner, Where Angel feared not to tread: anthropometric approaches to food studies in Aegean and Balkan prehistory. In: M. Ivanova-Bieg/B. Athanassov/V. Petrova/D. Takarova/Ph. Stockhammer (Hrsg.), Social Dimensions of Food in the Balkans (Oxford: Oxbow 2018) 320-367.

E. Rosenstock/S. Scharl/W. Schier, Ex oriente lux? – Ein Diskussionsbeitrag zur Stellung der frühen Kupfermetallurgie Südosteuropas. In: M. Bartelheim/B. Horejs/R. Krauss (Hrsg.), Von Baden bis Troia – Ressourcennutzung, Metallurgie und Wissenstransfer. Eine Jubiläumsschrift für Ernst Pernicka. Oriental and European Archaeology 3 (Rahden/Westfalen: Leidorf 2016) 59-122.

E. Rosenstock, Zyklische Abläufe als Hilfsmittel zur Deutung von Zeit in der Archäologie. Forum Kritische Archäologie 3/2014 

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