Prof. dr. Claudia Theune

Claudia Theune is Professor for Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna with a specialized interest in contemporary archaeology.

She studied Prehistoric and Early Medieval Archaeology, Social Anthropology, Christian Archaeology and Geology at the Universities in Marburg and Bonn, Germany (1979-1988). In 1988 she received her PhD at the University of Marburg for her thesis on Early Medieval graves in the western part of the lake Constance (Frühmittelalterliche Grabfunde im westlichen Bodenseegebiet (Hegau)), published in 1999: Frühmittelalterliche Grabfunde im Hegau.

She worked as a scientific researcher at the University of Marburg. In 1994 she became Assistant Professor at the Department of Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology at the Humboldt-University, Berlin.

She did her Habilitation in 2001 on the Changes of structures in the Alamannia on the basis of archaeological sources (Strukturveränderungen in der Alamannia vom 3. – 7. Jahrhundert aufgrund archäologischer Quellen), published in 2004: Germanen und Romanen in der Alamannia.

In 2007 she was appointed Full Professor for Medieval and Historical Archaeology at the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, University of Vienna.

Main Research Fields:

  • Early Medieval funeral and social archaeology
  • Medieval archaeology of marginal landscapes, urban archaeology
  • Archaeology of the contemporary past (research projects in the former concentration camps of Sachsenhausen (Brandenburg, Germany), Mauthausen (Upper Austria, Austria) and its sub camps (Loibl-North, Carinthia, Austria; Gunskirchen, Upper Austria, Austria), massgrave Rechnitz (Burgenland, Austria), Five Islands, Trinidad and Tobago)

Esteem factors:

  • President of the European Association: RURALIA The Jean-Marie Pesez Conferences on Medieval Rural Archaeology (since 2014) and National Representative of Austria (since 2010).
  • President of the Austrian Association for Medieval Archaeology (since 2012).

Member of scientific boards:

  • DFG-Project: Der hochmittelalterliche Landesausbau und die Entwicklung der Siedlungsstrukturen in Brandenburg, Cooperation partner. (PhD-supervisor of Greta Civis: Müll in der mittelalterlichen Wüstung von Diepensee, Brandenburg: 2012-2015).
  • VU Amsterdam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), The Netherlands: The Heritage and Memory of Conflict and War: 2012 – 2015.
  • University of Cambridge: Lager Wick on Jersey, Channel Islands: 2012 – 2015.
  • Freie Universtität Berlin/Landesdenkmalamt Berlin: Excavation on the Tempelhofer Flugfeld (Ausgrabungen auf dem Tempelhofer Flugfeld): 2012 – 2013.
  • Deutscher Verband der Archäologen: Committee of experts: Archaeology of Modern times (Fachausschuss Archäologie der Moderne): 2015 – ongoing.
  • University of Brno: Archaeological committee Pohansko, 2013 – ongoing.
  • Bezirkeshauptmannschaft Perg: Expert advisor for the National Socialist tunnel system in St. Georgen / Gusen „Bergkristall“ – Section Archaeology and Analyses of Aerial Photographs: 2014 – 2015.

Peer reviewing activities for funding organizations:

  • Czech Science Foundation / Grantová Agentura České Republiky; National Science Center Poland / Narodowe Centrum Nauki; Croatian Science Foundation / Hrvatska zaklada za znanost; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Wissenschaftliche Kommission des Landes Niedersachsen; Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Berlin; Österreichische Nationalbank; National Geographic Society

International scientific co-operations:

  • Project: The Five Islands: Archaeology and History (Archaeology of an internment camp). Cooperation with the University of the West Indies, Campus St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, Faculty of Humanities and Education

Recent key publications (see also academia.edu)

  • Cl. Theune, Archäologie an Tatorten des 20. Jahrhunderts. 2. Durchgesehene und erweiterte Auflage (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft: Darmstadt 2016)
  • Th. Kersting / Cl. Theune / A. Drieschner / A. Ley / Th. Lutz, Archäologie und Gedächtnis. NS-Lagerstandorte: Erforschen – Bewahren – Vermitteln. Interdisziplinäre Konferenz im Archäologischen Landesmuseum Brandenburg an der Havel 17. bis 19. September 2015. Denkmalpflege in Berlin und Brandenburg, Arbeitsheft 4/2016. (Imhof-Verlag, Petersberg 2016)
  • Cl. Theune, An der Grenze. Die spätmittelalterliche und frühneuzeitliche Burg Klausegg im Lungau. Museumsportal. Zeitschrift des Lungauer Museumsvereins 3 (2012-2014) (Tamsweg 2014).
  • Cl. Theune, (Un)sichtbarkeiten. Aufgedeckte Spuren und Relikte. Archäologie im ehemaligen Konzentrationslager Mauthausen. In: Daniela Allmeier / Inge Manka / Peter Mörtenböck / Rudolf Scheuvens (Hg.), Erinnerungsorte in Bewegung. Zur Neugestaltung des Gedenkens an Orten nationalsozialistischer Verbrechen (Transcript Verlag Bielefeld 2016) 199-218 (peer reviewed).
  • Cl. Theune, Transformations in the Roman West. The Case of the Alamanni. In: S. James / St. Kmnicek (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Roman Germany
  • Cl. Theune, Archaeology and remembrance: the Contemporary Archaeology of Concentration camps, Prisoner-of-war-camps and Battlefields: In: N. Mehler (ed.), Historical Archaeology in Central Europe. Society of Historical Archaeology Special Publications (Rockville 2013) 241-260 (peer reviewed).
  • Cl. Theune, Goldbergbau im Gasteiner Tal. In: Cl. Theune / G. Scharrer-Liška / E. H. Huber / Th. Kühtreiber (Hrsg.), Stadt – Land –Burg. Festschrift für Sabine Felgenhauer-Schmiedt zum 70. Geburtstag. (Marie-Leidorf-Verlag: Rahden / Westf. 2013) 395-404.
  • Cl. Theune, Identity Establishing Heritage Sites? Memory, Remembrance and Commemoration at Monuments and Memorials. In: R. O’Ríagáin / C. N. Popa, Archaeology and the (de)construction of National and Supra-National Polities. Archaeological Review from Cambridge Vol. 27.2 November 2012, 161-177. (peer reviewed)
  • Cl. Theune, Das Gedächtnis der Dinge. In: H. Berger/M. Dejnega/R. Fritz/A. Prenninger (Hrsg.), Politische Gewalt und Machtausübung im 20. Jahrhundert. Zeitgeschichte, Zeitgeschehen und Kontroversen. [Festschr. G. Botz] (Wien, Köln, Weimar 2011) 543-560.


External link: Claudia Theune's Academia.edu profile

Books by Claudia Theune

Religion, cults & rituals in the medieval rural environment

Religion, Kulte und Rituale in der mittelalterlichen bäuerlichen Umgebung | Réligion, cultes et rituels au milieu rural médiéval

Edited by Christiane Bis-Worch & Claudia Theune | 2017

The study of belief, faith and religious practices can provide a deep insight into historical societies, whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish or pagan. They form a...


A Shadow of War

Archaeological approaches to uncovering the darker sides of conflict from the 20th century

Claudia Theune | Forthcoming

This book presents archaeological research from places of war, violence, protest and oppression of the 20th and the 21st centuries; sites where the material relics...








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