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Physical/forensic anthropologist at the IfoSA Munich and archaeologist. I have completed a D.Phil. at Oxford and am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Assistantat at the School of Archaeology. I am an alumnus of St Cross College and Clarendon Scholar. My work focusses on forensic anthropology and on the computer modelling of populations and cemeteries to study demographics, palaeopathology and artefacts.
September 2017 - November 2017
University of Oxford
- D.Phil. Cand. & Postdoctoral Research Assistant
September 2017 - November 2017
University of Oxford
- D.Phil. Student & Postdoctoral Research Assistant
January 2016 - present
Border Archaeology Ltd.
This article describes the agent-based modelling of catastrophic events using skeletal data from archaeological excavations with special regard to massacres and inter-personal violence. It is well-known, that the age and sex distributions of massacre sites and normal cemeteries formed over an extended period of use show drastic differences (Margeri...
Bei osteoarchäologischen Untersuchungen von Friedhofspupulationen und Gräberfeldern werden routinemäßig demografische Daten erhoben, beispielsweise die Alters- und Geschlechtsverteilung aber auch Informationen zu Migration, Abstillzeitraum, zu Krankheitsbelastung oder sozialer Gruppierung innerhalb der Population. Diese Daten lassen sich für die Be...
This thesis describes and contextualises the Population & Cemetery Simulator (PCS), which represents agent-based demographic modelling software that can be used to model living populations based on archaeological and historical data as well as their cemeteries. The data used by the PCS are demographic in nature, e.g. age and sex data generated by o...
Der vorliegende Band ist dem Andenken an Brigitte Lohrke (1969–2008) gewidmet, einer Archäologin und Anthropologin mit besonderen Verdiensten auf dem Gebiet der Kindheits- und Genderforschung. 23 Beiträge in deutscher und englischer Sprache befassen sich mit einzelnen Fragen dieser Forschungsbereiche. Der thematischer Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf d...
In 2009, a metal-detector find of a rare garnet-inlaid composite disc brooch at West Hanney, Oxfordshire, led to the excavation of an apparently isolated female burial sited in a prominent position overlooking the Ock valley. The burial dates to the middle decades of the seventh century, a period of rapid socio-political development in the region,...
In his 2011 article, ‘Anglo-Saxon Immigration and Ethnogenesis’, Härke proposes three models for the immigration of Germanic people into Romano-Britain: the kin group, the warband, and elite transfer. These models formed part of a debate which sought to explain the interaction between intrusive migrant communities and the native population (see Pat...
The virtual experiments presented below reveal the counterintuitive archaeological demography of the Neolithic mass grave of Talheim and underline the importance of distinguishing between the demographic structures of living and dead populations, as well as between attritional and catastrophic mortality patterns. We utilise a new agent-based modell...
I have developed the Population & Cemetery Simulator as a part of my D.Phil. project at Oxford. The simulation software helps archaeologists to calculate the size and demographic composition of archaeological populations as well as their frequencies of diseases and artefacts. The Population & Cemetery Simulator represents an agent-based model with...
Summary Assiduity compensates for our poor soils. Economy and frugality have always been good virtues of our population. (Quote from the Kreisbuch of the Landkreis Tuttlingen) The excavations at Bärenthal took place between 2008 and 2010 after the first discoveries of human remains during the expansion of an industrial area. Two groups of Palaeoant...
Based on some of the findings from the early medieval graveyard of Bärenthal, Germany, the mathematical difference of the spheres of living and dead populations will be illustrated. The aim of the paper is to show that some caveats which were first described in the palaeodemographic and palaeoepidemiological literature are important to consider whe...
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The Population & Cemetery Simulator is a freely available toolkit based on the Oxford IT department's modellig4all project (www.modelling4all.org). It provides (osteo-)archaeologists interested in the demography of single populations with an agent-based model with which a dynamic living population and the accumulating dead in a cemetery can be simulated. It can be used to check demographic data of archaeological cemetery sites and try out probable virtual scenarios in the case of missing data. It can also be tailored towards answering other research questions, such as the impact of heterogeneity, artefact & disease frequencies, catastrophes, stochasticity and population growth. It is designed to be easy to use and inclusive. At this point the model is still a trial version and does not include all planned features. However, the simple and self-explaining Behaviour Composer of the modelling4all project makes it possible that users tailor it to their specific interests right away.
Creation of agent-based demographic software for archaeological populations and cemeteries Contribution to understanding early medieval demographics (Focus on S England and S Germany) Modelling solution to tackle the Ostological and Archaeological Paradoxa