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Hannah Olivia Rausch

Doctoral student

Abteilung für Menschliche Ursprünge
Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Telefon: +49 (0) 341 3550 759
E-Mail: hannah_olivia_rausch@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

  • Origins of stone tool use
  • Non-human primate tool use and archaeology
  • Experimental archaeology and use-wear analysis
  • Tool handling

Main supervisors: Dr Lydia Luncz, Dr Shannon McPherron

Curriculum Vitae


2023MA in Pre-and Protohistoric Archaeology 
University of Münster, Germany
Thesis title: An experimental approach on dynamic Occlusal Fingerprint Analysis to evaluate hominin stone tool use
In cooperation with TraCEr at MONREPOS (LEIZA) and Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt
2021BA in Archaeology-History-Landscape and Biology 
University of Münster, Germany
2014 – 2015Kinesiology and Physical Education 
University of Toronto


2021- 2022Student trainee (LWL Archaeology)
2019Student assistant (Indo-European Studies, University of Muenster)

Research experience (e.g. fieldwork, internships)

2022Pech de l’Azé layer 8, France
2020; 2021 Ilsenhöhle in Ranis, Germany
2019-2023Various local excavation campaigns in North-Rhein-Westphalia and Lower Saxony


  • English (Native) 
  • German (Proficient) 
  • French (Reading and listening knowledge)