Dr. Maria Wunderlich

Maria Wunderlich (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8455-1867) is currently a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the Institute of Pre-and Protohistoric Archaeology, Kiel University. For her PhD-studies between 2014 and 2018 she was involved in the DFG-project “Equality and Inequality: Social Differentiation in Northern Central Europe 4300-2400 BC” as a research assistant. For her comparative thesis on “Megalithic monuments and social structures” she conducted ethnoarchaeological field work in Sumba, Indonesia, and Nagaland, North-East India. Being interested in social archaeology and comparative analyses, she combines different theoretical approaches with material data derived both in recent and archaeological contexts.

Books by Maria Wunderlich

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…

Megalithic monuments and social structures

Comparative studies on recent and Funnel Beaker societies

Maria Wunderlich | 2019

Megalith building constitutes not only a past, but also a recent phenomenon, which is still practised today. The documentation and interpretation of recent megalith building traditions is offering potential aid in the interpretation of prehistoric…

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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