Prof. dr. Reinhard Bernbeck

Reinhard Bernbeck is Professor of Western Asian archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin and professor emeritus of Anthropology at Binghamton University. His interests include the prehistory of Iran, archaeological manifestations of social and material inequality, economic exploitation and ideological dimensions of archaeological practice.

He is the author of Materielle Spuren des nationalsozialistischen Terrors (2017), co-editor (with Randall H. McGuire) of Ideologies in Archaeology (2011) and (with Ruth Van Dyke) of Subjects and Narratives in Archaeology (2015), among other books. He has carried out fieldwork in Iran, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Germany.

Books by Reinhard Bernbeck

Containers of Change

Ancient Container Technologies from Eastern to Western Asia

Edited by Olivier P. Nieuwenhuyse†, Reinhard Bernbeck & Koen Berghuijs | 2023

Across Western Asia, the astonishing increase in the availability of durable ceramic containers in the seventh millennium BCE had significant societal repercussions – so much so that vital social, economic, and symbolic activities became dependent…

Coming to Terms with the Future

Concepts of Resilience for the Study of Early Iranian Societies

Edited by Reinhard Bernbeck, Gisela Eberhardt & Susan Pollock | 2023

The collection of essays in this book focuses on the highlands of Iran in pre-modern times, reaching from the Paleolithic to the medieval period. What holds the diverse contributions together is an issue that is…

Looking Closely

Excavations at Monjukli Depe, Turkmenistan, 2010 – 2014

Edited by Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck & Birgül Öğüt | 2019

Soviet archaeological research in southern Turkmenistan revealed a series of small Late Neolithic and Aeneolithic villages strung along the streams that emerge from the Kopet Dag and water the narrow foothill zone separating the mountains…

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