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Daniel Richter

Associate Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

e-mail: drichtereva.mpgde

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Daniel Richter set up and installed the luminescence dating laboratory at the MPI-EVA. The major subject of his studies was hunter gatherer archaeology at the University of Tübingen (Germany) and archaeology at University College London (Great Britain). For his Master thesis he excavated a Mesolithic open air site (Rottenburg-Siebenlinden II) in southern Germany.

Initially trained as a Palaeolithic archaeologist, he switched to luminescence dating methods for his PhD to the Forschungsstelle Archäometrie der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften at the MPI for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg. During that time he received the major part of his training in luminescence at the LSCE at the CEA-CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Subsequent to the PhD he became a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geology at the McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada), where he received training in ESR-dating. Following his postdoctorate, he set up a luminescence dating laboratory at the Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear in Sacavèm (Portugal). Fieldwork for numerous dating projects was performed in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Syria.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience


Scientist Luminescence Dating Laboratory
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany


Scientist responsible for setting up and running a new Luminescence Dating Laboratory.
Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear, Sacavèm,


Postdoctoral Fellow at the luminescence laboratory
School of Geography and Geology,
McMaster University,
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

1994-1993 Guest Scientist for a total of 7 months at the Thermoluminescence Dating Laboratory
Centre de Faibles Radioactivité (C.E.A.),
C.N.R.S. in Gif-sur-Yvette, Paris, France

ForschungsstelleArchäometrie der Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
am Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, Germany

Education & Degrees

07/2009Privatdozent in Prehistory of the University of Leipzig
07/2009Dr. phil. habil. of the University of Leipzig
venia legendi for Prehistory
Title of habilitation: "Fire, light and minerals: Application and development of dosimetric dating methods at the transition of Middle to Upper Palaeolithic
1998Dr. rer nat
University of Tübingen, Germany
“Thermolumineszenzdatierungen erhitzter Silices aus mittel und jungpaläolithischen Fundstellen. Anwendung und methodische Untersuchungen”.
University College London, Great Britain
major subject: Prehistory of Hunter-Gatherers and Quaternary Ecology minor subjects: European Pre- and Protohistory;
University of Tübingen, Germany

Scientific Interests

  • Multi-chronometric dating of archaeological sites (TL, OSL, ESR), with an emphasis on luminescence methods in the palaeolithic period, while incorporating palaeoclimate data.
  • Development of dating methods and fundamental research in the luminescence of flint.
  • Chronometric dating of archaeological transitions, especially from the Middle to the Upper Palaeolithic.
  • Palaeoclimatology and human evolution.
  • Calibration of glacial 14C data.
  • Additional archaeometric interests in the sourcing of raw material


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