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Dr. Karin Kindermann

Dr. Karin Kindermann

Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung | Consultation hour: by agreement

Office:Bernhard-Feilchenfeld-Str. 11, 6. Etage, Raum 6.309
 50969 Köln

Phone: +49(0)221 470-6771



Forschungsschwerpunkte | Research Interests

Curriculum Vitae

Mitgliedschaften | Professional Memberships

Projekte | Projects

Publikationen | Publications

Forschungsschwerpunkte | Research Interests

Archaeology of Arid Regions

Middle and Late Stone Age in Northeast Africa

Prehistoric and Predynastic Egypt

Lithic Technology and Typology

Environmental Archaeology and Geoarcheology

Conservation Archaeology and Heritage Management in Africa

Curriculum Vitae


PhD (Dr. phil.) in Prehistoric Archaeology “Djara – The mid-Holocene settlement history between Nile Valley and Oases (Abu-Muhariq-Plateau, Egypt)” (in German)


M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology (major), Social and Cultural Anthropology and Geography at the University of Cologne and the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main

Professional Experience:

Since 2013 / 07

Principal Investigator, CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe”: A1 Out of Africa – Late Pleistocene Rock Shelter Stratigraphies and Palaeoenvironments in Northeastern Africa (Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. J. Richter , Prof. Dr. O. Bubenzer , Dr. R. Vogelsang & Dr. K. Kindermann)

Since 2011 / 06

Scientific assistant, CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe”: A1 Out of Africa – Late Pleistocene Rock Shelter Stratigraphies and Palaeoenvironments in Northeastern Africa (Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. J. Richter , Prof. Dr. O. Bubenzer , Dr. R. Vogelsang & Dr. K. Kindermann)

2009 / 01 – 2011 / 05

External archaeological CIM-expert for the Gilf Kebir National Park (Egypt) at the Environmental Affairs Agency Egypt (EEAA) / Nature Conservation Sector (NCS)

2008 / 04 – 2008 / 12

Coordinator of first application CRC 806 “Our Way to Europe – Culture-Environment Interaction and Human Mobility in the Late Quaternary”, University of Cologne

1998 – 2007

Scientific assistant, CRC 389 – ACACIA (Arid Climate and Cultural Adaption in Africa): A1 “Climatic Change and Human Settlement between the Nile Valley and the Central Sahara” (Supervisor Dr. R. Kuper)

Mitgliedschaften | Professional Memberships

International Commission of the Later Prehistory of Northeastern Africa

Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ur- und Frühgeschichte (DGUF)

Heinrich Barth Institut e.V. (HBI)

Centre of Quaternary Science and Geoarchaeology (QSGA)

Arbeitskreis Wüstenrandforschung (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geographie)

Projekte | Projects
Laufende Projekte / Current Projects

DFG-project CRC 806 “Our way to Europe”: A1 Out of Africa – Late Pleistocene Rock Shelter Stratigraphies and Palaeoenvironments in Northeastern Africa (Principal Investigators: Prof. Dr. J. Richter , Prof. Dr. O. Bubenzer , Dr. R. Vogelsang & Dr. K. Kindermann)

Collaboration with the Belgian Archaeological Mission to Elkab (Dr. D. Huyge, Royal Museums of Arts and History, Brussels, Belgium) for the analysis of predynastic stone artefacts from Elkab, Middle Egypt

Collaboration with the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo (Dr. U. Hartung) for the analysis of stone artefacts from Tell el-Fara’in/Buto, Nile Delta, Egypt

Abgeschlossene Projekte | Former Projects

Surveying and Mapping at the Palaeolithic Caves of the Volp – Tuc d’Audoubert, Les Trois-Frères and Enlène, Ariège Pyrénées, France together with Dr. A. Pastoors, Neanderthal Museum, Mettmann

DFG-project CRC 389 ACACIA (Arid Climate and Cultural Adaption in Africa): A1 “Climatic Change and Human Settlement between the Nile Valley and the Central Sahara” (Principal Investigator: Dr. R. Kuper & O. Bubenzer)

Ausgewählte Publikationen | Selected Publications
Monographien | Monographs

Kindermann K. (2010)
Djara. Zur mittelholozänen Besiedlungsgeschichte zwischen Niltal und Oasen (Abu-Muharik-Plateau, Ägypten), 2 Teile. Africa Praehistorica 23. Köln (Heinrich-Barth-Institut).

Ausgewählte Beiträge | Selected Contributions

Schmidt, C., Kindermann, K., Van Peer, P. & O. Bubenzer (2015)
Multi-emission luminescence dating of heated chert from the Middle Stone Age sequence at Sodmein Cave (Red Sea Mountains, Egypt). Journal of Archaeological Science 63: 94–103. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2015.08.016

Hussain, T.S., Richter, J., Schyle, D., Kindermann, K., Wolter, T. & T. Hauck (2015)
The Veiled Mousterian: Traces of Middle Palaeolithic Presence in the Wadi Sabra. In: Schyle, D. & J. Richter (eds.), Pleistocene Archaeology of the Petra Area in Jordan. Kölner Studien zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 5, Rahden/Westf.: 55–85.

Barton, R.N.E., Lane, C.S., Albert, P.G., White, D., Collcutt, S.N., Bouzouggar, A., Ditchfield, P., Farr, L., Oh, A., Ottolini, L., Smith, V.C., Van Peer, P. & K. Kindermann (2015)
The role of cryptotephra in refining the chronology of Late Pleistocene human evolution and cultural change in North Africa. Quaternary Science Reviews 118: 151–169. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.09.008

Hoffmeister, D., Zellmann, S., Kindermann, K., Pastoors, A., Lang, U., Bubenzer, O., Weniger, G.C. & G. Bareth (2014)
Geoarchaeological site documentation and analysis of 3D data derived by terrestrial laser scanning. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences; II-5; 2014: 173–179. DOI: 10.5194/isprsannals-II-5-173-2014

Riemer, H. & K. Kindermann (2014)
What's that tool for? An unusual flint knife from the Egyptian Western Desert. In: Jucha, M.A., Dębowska-Ludwin, J. & P. Kołodziejczyk (eds.), Aegyptus est imago caeli: Studies presented to Krysztof M. Cialowicz on his 60th birthday. Kraków: 217–222.

Claes, W., Hendrickx, S., Devillers, A., Hart, E., Kindermann, K., De Dapper, M., Ikram, S., Storms, G. & D. Huyge (2014)
From the early Old Kingdom to the Badarian. Prliminary report of the 2012 excavation campaign in the settlement area of Elkab. In: Mączyńska, A. (ed.), The Nile Delta as a Centre of Cultural Interactions between Upper Egypt and the Southern Levant in the 4th Millennium BC (Studies of African Archaeology 13), Poznań Archaeological Museum: 73–93.

Kindermann, K., Bubenzer, O. & P. van Peer (2013)
Geo-archaeological research on the Late4 Pleistocene of the Egyptian Eastern Desert: recent threats to the Sodmein Cave. Antiquity Project Gallery.

Riemer, H., Lange, M. & K. Kindermann (2013)
When the desert dried up: Late prehistoric cultures and contacts in Egypt and northern Sudan. In: D. Raue, S. Seidlmayer & P. Speiser (eds.), The First Cataract of the Nile: One Region – Diverse Perspectives. DAI Kairo Sonderschrift 36. Berlin 157–183.

Claßen, E., Kindermann, K., Pastoors, A. & H. Riemer (2010)
Djara – Höhlenbilder in der Westwüste Ägyptens. In: K. Kindermann, Djara. Zur mittelholozänen Besiedlungsgeschichte zwischen Niltal und Oasen (Abu-Muharik-Plateau, Ägypten), Teil 2. Africa Praehistorica 23. Köln (Heinrich-Barth-Institut): 767–812.

Riemer, H., Kindermann, K. & M. Attallah (2009)
Die „Schminkpaletten” des 6. Jahrtausends v. Chr. aus der ägyptischen Westwüste. Ein Beitrag zu den Kulturbeziehungen zwischen Wüste und Niltal in prähistorischer Zeit. Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Abteilung Kairo 65: 355–371.

Bolten, A., Bubenzer, O., Darius, F. & K. Kindermann (2009)
Towards a Reconstruction of Land Use Potential: Case Studies from the Western Desert of Egypt. In: M. Bollig & O. Bubenzer (eds.), African Landscapes. Interdisciplinary Approaches. Studies in Human Ecology and Adaptation 4. New York (Springer): 57–78.

Claßen, E., Kindermann, K. & A. Pastoors (2009)
Djara – Cave Art in Egypt’s Western Desert. ArchéoNil 19: 47–66.

Riemer, H. & K. Kindermann (2008)
Contacts between the Oasis and the Nile: A résumé of the Abu Muhariq Survey 1995-2002: In: Midant-Reynes, B. & Y. Tristant (eds.), Egypt at its Origins 2. Proceedings of the International Conference “Origin of the State. Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt”, Toulouse 2005. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 172. Leuven (Peeters Publishers): 610–633.

Kindermann K. (2008)
Gerhard Rohlfs – Vom Abenteurer zum Forschungsreisenden. In: Trümpler, Ch. (Hg.) Das große Spiel. Archäologie und Politik zur Zeit des Kolonialismus (1860-1940). Köln (Dumont): 48-57.

Kindermann, K. & O. Bubenzer (2007)
Djara – humans and their environment on the Egyptian limestone plateau around 8,000 years ago. In: Bubenzer, O., A.Bolten & F. Darius (eds.) Atlas of Cultural and Environmental Change in Arid Africa. Africa Praehistorica 21. Köln (Heinrich-Barth-Institut): 26-29.

Kindermann, K. (2006)
Mid-Holocene settlement patterns of the Djara region, Abu Muhariq Plateau (Egypt). In: Le Secrétariat du Congres (ed.), Préhistoire en Afrique, African Prehistory. Sessions générales et posters, General Sessions and Posters. Actes du XIVème Congrès UISPP, Univerité de Liège 2001. BAR Internat. Ser. 1522. Oxford (Archaeopress): 85-92.

Kindermann, K., Bubenzer, O., Nussbaum, S., Riemer, H., Darius, F., Pöllath, N. & U. Smettan (2006)
Palaeoenvironment and Holocene land use of Djara, Western Desert of Egypt. Quaternary Science Reviews 25: 1619-1637. DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2005.12.005

Riemer, H., Kindermann, K. & S. Eickelkamp (2004)
Dating and production technique of Ounan points in the Eastern Sahara. New archaeological evidence from Abu Tartur, Western Desert of Egypt. Nyame Akuma 61: 10-16.

Kindermann, K. (2004)
Djara: Excavations and surveys of the 1998-2002 seasons. ArchéoNil 14: 31-50.

Kindermann, K. (2003)
Investigations at the Mid-Holocene settlement Area of Djara (Abu Muhariq Plateau, Western Desert of Egypt). In: Krzyzaniak, L., Kroeper, K. & M. Kobusiewicz (eds.), Cultural Markers in the Later Prehistory of Northeastern Africa and Recent Research. Studies in African Archaeology 8. Poznan (Poznan Archaeological Museum): 51-72.

Gehlen, B., Kindermann, K., Linstädter, J. & H. Riemer (2002)
The Holocene Occupation of the Eastern Sahara: Regional Chronologies and Supra-regional Developments in four Areas of the Absolute Desert. In: Jennerstraße 8 (ed.), Tides of the Desert – Gezeiten der Wüste. Contributions to the Archaeology and Environmental History of Africa in Honour of Rudolph Kuper. Africa Praehistorica 14. Köln (Heinrich-Barth-Institut): 85-116.

Kindermann, K. (2002)
Djara: Prehistoric Links between the Desert and the Nile. In: Hawass, Z. & Pinch Brock, L. (eds.), Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century. Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo 2000. American University in Cairo Press: 272-279.

Classen, E., Kindermann, K., Pastoors, A. & H. Riemer (2001)
Djara 90/1 – Felsbildhöhle und Fundplatz eines holozänen Gunstraums der Nordost-Sahara (Ägypten). Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt 31: 349-364.

Rezensionen | Reviews

Pierre M. Vermeersch (ed.), A Holocene Prehistoric Sequence in the Egyptian Red Sea Area: The Tree Shelter. Egyptian Prehistoric Monographs 7, Leuven (Leuven University Press). Bibliotheca Orientalis 67 (1-2): 62-67.

François Briois, Béatrix Midant-Reynes & Michel Wuttmann (eds.), Le gisement épipaléolithique de ML1 à ‘Ayn-Manâwir, Oasis de Kharga. Institut français d’archéologie orientale FIFAO 58, Le Caire. Archéo-Nil 20: 193-195.