Prof. Dr. Martin Furholt

Martin Furholt ( is Professor of Social Archaeology at Kiel University. His main research interests are the political dimension of social organisation in the past, and prehistoric mobility during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods in Europe. He is currently conducting fieldwork on 6th and 5th millennium BCE Neolithic settlement in Slovakia and Serbia, and publishes papers related to the ongoing 3rd millennium migration debate in Europe.

Books by Martin Furholt

Rethinking Neolithic Societies

New Perspectives on Social Relations, Political Organization and Cohabitation

Edited by Caroline Heitz, Maria Wunderlich, Martin Hinz, Martin Furholt | 2023

Traditional archaeological ideas about Neolithic societies were shaped by questionable premises. The modern concept of social and cultural coherence of residence groups as well as the ethnic interpretation of ‘archaeological cultures’ fostered ideas of static…

Archaeology in the Žitava valley I

The LBK and Želiezovce settlement site of Vráble

Edited by Martin Furholt, Ivan Cheben, Johannes Müller, Alena Bistáková, Maria Wunderlich & Nils Müller-Scheeßel | 2020

The early Neolithic site of Vráble (5250-4950 cal BCE) is among the largest LBK settlement agglomerations in Central Europe, and exceptional within the southwest Slovakian area. Geophysical surveys revealed more than 300 houses, grouped into…

Detecting and explaining technological innovation in prehistory

Edited by Michela Spataro & Martin Furholt | 2020

Technology refers to any set of standardised procedures for transforming raw materials into finished products. Innovation consists of any change in technology which has tangible and lasting effect on human practices, whether or not it…

Beyond heterogeneities

New perspectives on social and cultural diversity from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age in the Carpathian Basin

Edited by Kata Furholt, Margaux L. C. Depaermentier, Michael Kempf & Martin Furholt | Forthcoming

This volume presents various facets of recent archaeological investigations into Neolithic and Bronze Age societies in the Carpathian Basin spanning from the 7th and 2nd millennium BCE. It delves into population dynamics, settlement patterns, and…

Archaeology in the Žitava valley II

The neolithic landscape of south-western Slovakia

Edited by Ivan Cheben, Martin Furholt, Knut Rassmann, Alena Bistakova, Maria Wunderlich & Nils Müller-Scheeßel | Forthcoming

This volume presents the second part of the results of an international research project on the Early Neolithic site of Vráble, one of the largest LBK settlement agglomerations in Central Europe, that was started in…

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