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Dr. Ralf Vogelsang

Dr. Ralf Vogelsang

Sprechzeiten: nach Vereinbarung | Consultation hour: by agreement

Office:Bernhard-Feilchenfeld-Str. 11, 6. Etage, Zimmer 6.310

Phone: +49(0)221 470-6795



Forschungsschwerpunkte | Research Interests

Curriculum Vitae

Projekte | Projects

Publikationen | Publications

Forschungsschwerpunkte | Research Interests

African Archaeology

Modern human origins


Curriculum Vitae


Doktorprüfung (PhD.). PhD.-Thesis: Middle-Stone-Age-Fundstellen im Südwesten Namibias


Magisterprüfung (M.A.). M.A.-thesis: "Apollo 11" - eine Middle Stone Age Stratigraphie im Südwesten Namibias.

1983 – 1993

Studies of Prehistoric Archaeology, Geology and Cultural Anthropolgy (University of Cologne)

Professional Experience:

Since 2009

Senior researcher at the Palaeolithic Research Unit (FAST), Institute of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Cologne. Principal Investigator at the CRC 806.


Senior researcher at the DFG project: New ages for the Middle Stone Age at Apollo 11, Namibia.

1998 – 2007

Senior researcher at the multidisciplinary collaborative research centre SFB 389: “Arid climate, adaptation and cultural innovation in Africa” at the University of Cologne. Research project: Holocene environment and settlement history in northern Namibia.

1993 – 1997

Senior researcher at the multidisciplinary CRC 268: “History of culture and language in the natural environment of the West-African savannah” at the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt. Research project: Archaeological investigations in the Sahel-region of Northern Burkina Faso.

1991 – 1993

Research assistant at the Institute for African Archaeology, Department of Prehistory, University of Cologne in co-operation with the National Monuments Council in Windhoek, Namibia. Research project: Archaeological map of Namibia.

1985 – 1995

Laboratory assistant at the Radiocarbon laboratory, Department of Prehistory, University of Cologne.

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 Northeast Africa”

DFG-project CRC 806 “Our way to Europe”: A3 “Ethiopian lakes – Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in the source region of modern man.”


Abgeschlossene Projekte / Former Projects

DFG-project CRC 389 “Arid Climate Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa (ACACIA)”: B4 “Palaeoecology and the Late Holocene Occupation of Northern Namibia”

Publikationen / Publications

Monographien | Monographs

Vogelsang, R., Eichhorn B., 2011
Under the Mopane Tree. Africa Praehistorica 24, Köln, 2011.

Vogelsang, R., 1998
Middle-Stone-Age-Fundstellen in Südwest-Namibia. Africa Praehistorica 11, Köln, 1998.


Beiträge | Cobntributions

Vogelsang, R., Keding, B. (2013)
Climate, culture and change: From hunters to herders in northeastern and southwestern Africa. In: Baldia, M.O., Pertulla, T.K., Frink, D.S. (eds.): Comparative Archaeology and paleoclimatology. BAR International Series 2456, 43–62.

Richter, J., Hauck, T., Vogelsang, R., Widlok, T., Le Tensorer, J.-M., Schmid, P. (2012)
“Contextual areas” of early Homo sapiens and their significance for human dispersal from Africa into Eurasia between 200 ka and 70 ka. Quaternary International, 274, 2012, 5-24. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.04.017

Vogelsang, R., Richter, J., Jacobs, Z., Eichhorn, B., Linsele, V., Roberts, R.G. (2010)
New excavations of Middle Stone Age deposits at Apollo 11 rockshelter, Namibia: Stratigraphy, archaeology, chronology and past environments. Journal of African Archaeology, 8(2), 185–218.

Brandt, S. A., Fisher, E. C., Hildebrand, E. A., Vogelsang, R., Ambrose, S. H., Lesur, J., Wang, H. (2012)
Early MIS 3 occupation of Mochena Borago Rockshelter, Southwest Ethiopian Highlands: Implications for Late Pleistocene archaeology, paleoenvironments and modern human dispersals. Quaternary International, 274, 38–54. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.03.047

Peters, J., Dieckmann, U., Vogelsang, R., 2009
Losing the spoor: Hai||om animal exploitation in the Etosha region. Documenta Archaeobiologicae 7, Rahden/Westf.: 103–185.

Jacobs, Z., Roberts, R.G., Galbraith, R.F., Deacon, H.J., Grün, R., Mackay, A., Mitchell, P., Vogelsang R., Wadley, L., 2008
Ages for the Middle Stone Age of Southern Africa: Implications for Human Bevavior and Dispersal. Science 322: 733–735.

Lenssen-Erz, T., Vogelsang, R., 2005
Populating no-man's-land – Rock art in Northern Namibia. In: South African Archaeological Goodwin Series 9, 2005: 54–62.

Vogelsang, R., 2005
The past of the Etosha National Park - oral history and archaeological evidence. In: Nyame Akuma 63, 2005, 2–4.

Vogelsang, R., Eichhorn B., Richter J., 2002
Holocene occupation and vegetation history in northern Namibia. In: Die Erde 2000/2: 113–132.

Vogelsang, R., 2002
Rock Art in the Kaokoland? In: Jennerstrasse 8 (eds.): 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: 535–548.

Vogelsang, R., 2002
Migration oder Diffusion? – Frühe Viehhaltung im Kaokoland. In: Kölner geographische Arbeiten 77, 2002: 137-144.

Bollig, M., Vogelsang, R., 2002
Naturraum und Besiedlungsgeschichte im Nordwesten Namibias. In: Kölner geographische Arbeiten 77, 2002: 145–158.

Frank, T., Breunig, P., Müller-Haude, P., Van Neer, W., Neumann, K., Vogelsang R., Wotzka, H.-P., 2001
The Chaîne de Gobnangou, SE Burkina Faso: archaeological, archaeobotanical archaeozoological and geomorphological studies. In: AVA-Beiträge 21, 2001: 127–190.

Albrecht, M., Berke, H., Eichhorn, B., Frank, T., Kuper, R., Prill, S., Vogelsang R., Wenzel, S. 2001
Oruwanje 95/1: a Late Holocene stratigraphy in north-western Namibia. In: Cimbebasia 17, 2001: 1–22.

Eichhorn, B., Vogelsang, R., 2001
Vom Jäger-Sammler zum Hirten – Wirtschaftswandel im nordöstlichen und südwestlichen Afrika. In: B. Gehlen, M. Heinen und A. Tillmann (eds.): Zeit-Räume. Gedenkschrift für Wolfgang Taute. Archäologische Berichte 14, Bonn, 2001: 257–282.

Vogelsang, R., 2000
Archaeological investigations in the Kaokoland: Survey and excavations in 1999 and 2000. In: Nyame Akuma 54, 2000, 25–28.

Vogelsang, R., 2000
Archäologische Forschungen in der Sahel-Region Burkina Fasos – Ergebnisse der Grabungskampagnen 1994, 1995 und 1996. In: AVA-Beiträge 20, 2000, 173–203.

Vogelsang, R. Albert, K.D., Kahlheber, S. 1999
Le sable savant: les cordons dunaires sahéliens au Burkina Faso comme archive archéologique et paléoécologique du Holocéne. In: Sahara 11, 2000, 51–68.

Vogelsang, R., 1998
Archaeological survey in the Kaokoveld, Namibia. In: Nyame Akuma 50, 1998, 22–25.

Vogelsang, R., 1997
Etudes sur l'histoire de l'occupation de la région sahélienne du Burkina Faso – Rapport des recherches sur le terrain (année 1996). In: Nyame Akuma 47, 1997, 2–6.

Neumann, K., Vogelsang, R., 1996
Paléoenvironnement et préhistoire au Sahel du Burkina Faso. In: G. Nagel (Hg.): Berichte des Sonderforschungsbereiches 268 (7). Frankfurt, 1996, 177–186.

Vogelsang, R., 1996
Continuation des recherches archéologiques au nord du Burkina Faso – campagne de 1995. In: Nyame Akuma 46, 1996, 6–10.

Vogelsang, R., 1996
The Middle Stone Age in south-western Namibia. In: Pwiti, Gilbert und Robert Soper (Hg.): Aspects of African Archaeology. Papers from the 10th Congress of the Pan African Association for Prehistory and Related Studies. Harare, 1996, 207–213.

Vogelsang, R., 1995
Recherches archéologiques concernant l'histoire de l'occupation de la région sahélienne au nord du Burkina Faso: Campagne de fouille de 1994. In: Nyame Akuma 44, 1995, 16–21.

Vogelsang, R., 1995
Projektbeschreibung: Archäologische Karte von Namibia. In: Archäologische Informationen 18/1, 1995, 41–43.

Vogelsang, R., 1995
Middle-Stone-Age-Fundstellen im Südwesten Namibias. In: Archäologische Informationen 18/1, 1995, 31–40.