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Dr. Christoph Purschwitz

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Fabeckstr. 23-25
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14195 Berlin

Education & Academic Titles

04/2003-03/2010            Study of Near Eastern Archaeology, Prehistoric Archaeology and Near Eastern Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin

Thesis: Die geschlagene Lithik des südlevantinischen Fundortes Ba'ja. Technologische und kontextuelle Untersuchungen einer frühneolithischen Silexindustrie. (in german, The chipped lithic industry of Ba’ja, southern Levant. Technological and contextual investigations of an Early Neolithic flint industry)

Graduation: Magister Artium (grade: 1.3, “very good”)

09/2010 – 10/2016         PhD study at the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin,

Thesis: Die Lithische Ökonomie von Feuerstein im Frühneolithikum der südlevantinischen Größeren Petra Region. Naturräumliches Dargebot, Gewinnung, Nutzung Verteilungsmuster und Austauschsysteme von Feuersteinen und anderen mineralischen Rohstoffen vom Frühen bis Finalen Präkeramischen Neolithikum B (PPNB). (in german, „The Lithic Economy of Flint during the Early Neolithic of the Greater Petra Region. Geological Availability, Procurement, Production, and Modes of Distribution of Flint from the Early to Late PPNB-Period”).

Disputatio: 13.10.2016, summa cum laude

 

Research areas

Near Eastern Prehistory, Lithic Studies, Stratigraphy, Material Studies, Field Archaeology

 

Scientific Experience / Academic Positions

04/2010-06/2011            Research Assistant, Tayma Saudi-Arabian-German Joint Project, German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Oriental-Department (project directors: Prof. Dr. R. Eichmann, Dr. A. Hausleiter)

Research topic: “Residential Architecture in Areas F and E-South, 2005-2009 Stratigraphy, Chronology and Development from the Late Iron Age to Pre-Islamic Times”.

04/2016-11/2016            Research Assistant, The Dragon Stones of Armenia Project, Institute of Near Eastern Philology, Free University of Berlin (project directors: Dr. A. Gilibert, Prof. Dr. J. Klinger);

Research topic: “Chalcolithic and Middle Bronze Age Obsidian Industries at Karmir Sar, Armenia”.

03/2018-02/2021         Research Assistant and co-director of the research project, Household and Death in Ba’ja, Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology, Free University of Berlin (Co-directors: Dr. H.G.K. Gebel, Dr. M. Benz, Dr. C. Purschwitz), Coordinator of researchers within working group II: modes of production

Research topic “Household production and consumption at Ba’ja”, “Site Stratigraphy”, “Abiotic Resources”.


Field Research Experience

Jordan:

Shkârat Msaied (Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period, 2005).

Ba’ja (Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period, since 2005).

Eastern Jafr Project (Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period / Chalcolithic Period 2008; 2014). Murayghat (Chalcolithic, EBA, MBA Periods, 2015, 2017).

Syria:                                     

Shir (Late Neolithic Period 2006; 2010).

Tell Fekheriya (Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period, 2010).

Saudi Arabia:                          

Tayma (Chalcolithic to Islamic Period, 2005-2012).

Rajajil (Chalcolithic / EBA Period, 2012).

Turkey:                        

Nerik / Oymaağac Höyük (Chalcolithic, LBA to Byzantine Period, 2017).

Iran:                            

Ganj Dareh (Epipalaeolithic to Pre-Pottery Neolithic Period, 2017).

 

Field Research Projects:

Ba’ja Neolithic Projrect (Co-director, since 2018)

‘Ainab (Deputy director 2014)

 

Awards / Scholarships

05/2008-08/2008            DAAD scholarship (Jordan)

10/2011-09/2014            PhD Scholarship by Elsa-Naumann-Stiftung (Freie Universität Berlin)

09/2012-10/2012            DAAD scholarship (Jordan)

 

List of Publications

Monographs:

2017                 C. Purschwitz, Die lithische Ökonomie von Feuerstein im Frühneolithikum der Größeren Petra Region. Studies in Early Near Eastern Production, Subsistence, and Environment 19. Berlin: ex oriente. (in german, The Lithic Economy of Flint during the Early Neolithic Period of the Greater Petra Region).

Peer-reviewed publications

2013:                C. Purschwitz, Early Neolithic Flint Raw Material Selection at LPPNB Ba’ja /Southern Levant. Preliminary Results from two Room Fills of Area B-North. In: F. Borrell, J.J. Ibáñez, M. Molist (eds.), Stone Tools in Transition: From Hunter-Gatherers to Farming Societies in the Near East: 141-157.

2017                 C. Purschwitz, The Prehistory of Tayma: The Chipped Stone Evidence. The surface finds and a techno-typological analysis of chert artefacts from the carnelian bead workshop SE2. Zeitschrift für Orient Archäologie 10: 288-311.

In press            C. Purschwitz, Chalcolithic and Middle Bronze Age Obsidian Industries at Karmir Sar: a mountain view on the Lithic Economies of the Southern Caucasus. Journal of Lithic Studies 18.

submitted          C. Purschwitz, The Lithological Landscape of the Greater Petra Region, Southern Levant. Availability of Flint and other Abiotic Resources. In: C. McCartney, F. Briois, L. Astruc (eds.), Near Eastern Lithic technologies on the move Interactions and Contexts in the development of Neolithic traditions. Proceedings of 8th International Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East Nicosia, November 23rd – 27th 2016.

submitted          C. Purschwitz, A MPPNB Bidirectional Blade Workshop at Shkârat Msaied, Southern Levant. In: C. McCartney, F. Briois, L. Astruc (eds.), Near Eastern Lithic technologies on the move Interactions and Contexts in the development of Neolithic traditions. Proceedings of 8th International Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East Nicosia, November 23rd – 27th 2016.

submitted          C. Purschwitz, Socio-economic Changes in Flint Production and Consumption among the PPNB lithic Economies of the Greater Petra Region, southern Levant. In: C. McCartney, F. Briois, L. Astruc (eds.), Near Eastern Lithic technologies on the move Interactions and Contexts in the development of Neolithic traditions. Proceedings of 8th International Conference on PPN Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East Nicosia, November 23rd – 27th 2016.

Other publications

2007:                C. Purschwitz, M. Kinzel, Ba‘ja 2007. Two Room and Ground Floor Fills: Reconstructed                         House-Life Scenarios. Neo-Lithics 2/07: 22-35.

2010:                C. Purschwitz, Excavations in Area F. In: R. Eichmann, A. Hausleiter, M. N. al-Najem, S.F. al-Said, Tayma – Autumn 2004 and Spring 2005, 2nd Report on the Joint Saudi-Arabian- German Archaeological Project. ATLAL 20: 131-133.

2011:                C. Purschwitz, Excavations in Area F. In: R. Eichmann, A. Hausleiter, M. al-Najem, S.F. al-Said, Tayma – Autumn 2005 and 2006 (Spring and Autumn) – 3rd Report on the Joint Saudi Arabian–German Archaeological Project, ATLAL 21 (2011) 89–95.

2011:                P.V. Bartl, A. Hotzan-Tchabshvili, A., C. Purschwitz, Investigations of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic settlement at Tell Fekheriye, http://www.fecheriye.de/pdf/2010_E_report.pdf.

2012:                C. Purschwitz, Excavations in Area F. In: R. Eichmann, A. Hausleiter, M. N. al-Najem, S.F. al-Said, Tayma 2007, 4th Report on the Saudi-Arabian- German Archaeological Project. ATLAL 22: 93-96.

2013:                C. Purschwitz, Ba‘ja 2012: Abiotic Resources and Early Neolithic Raw Material Procurement in the Greater Petra Area (ARGPA) - Research Aims and First Results. Neo-Lithics 1/13: 3-10.

2016                 M. Kinzel, L. Bakkar, K. N. Godtfredsen, A. M. Harpelund, J. K. Hellum, Kh. Hwawra, M. L. Jørkov, P. Nielsen, C. Purschwitz, I. Thuesen, M. Bangsborg Thuesen, A. Hilton Soria,Shkārat Msaied, the 2014 and 2015 Seasons. Neo-Lithics 2/15: 3-11.

2017                 H.G.K. Gebel, M. Benz, C. Purschwitz, B. Kubíková, D. Štefanisko, A.S. al-Souliman, K. Tucker, J. Gresky,B. Abuhelaleh, Household and Death: Preliminary Results of the 11th Season (2016) at Late PPNB Ba‘ja, Southern Jordan. Neo-Lithics 1/17: 18-36.

2017                 C. Purschwitz, 2016, The Lithic Economy of Flint during the Early Neolithic of the Greater Petra Region. Geological Availability, Procurement, Production, and Modes of Distribution of Flint from the Early to Late PPNB-Period. Neo-Lithics 1/17: 51-53.

submitted          C. Purschwitz, Excavations in Area F. In: R. Eichmann, A. Hausleiter, M. N. al-Najem, S.F. al-Said, Tayma – Autumn 2008 and Spring 2009, 6th Report on the Joint Saudi-Arabian- German Archaeological Project. ATLAL.

submitted          C. Purschwitz, Residential Architecture in Areas F and E-South, 2005-2009 Stratigraphy, Chronology and Development from the Late Iron Age to Pre-Islamic Times. In: R. Eichmann, A. Hausleiter, M. N. al-Najem, S.F. Al-Said, Tayma Publications Volume II. Orient- Archäologie.

submitted          C. Purschwitz, The Chipped Lithics of Oymaağaç Höyük: A Typo-technological Analysis of Finds from the 2007 to 2016 Season of Excavations. In: R. M. Czichon, J. Klinger, D. P. Mielke, P. Hnila (eds), Die prähistorischen Befunde und Funde. Oymaağaç Höyük/Nerik. Die Ausgrabungen 2007–2018.

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