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Department of Human Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 350
fax: +49 (0341) 3550 - 399

e-mail: streiber@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Marcel Weiß

Doctoral Student

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

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 379
fax: 0049 (0) 341 3550 399
e-mail: marcel_weiss@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

I am a PhD student in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and a participant of The Leipzig School of Human Origins (IMPRS). My research topic is the analysis of the Late Middle Paleolithic artifacts form Central Europe with a special focus on Central Germany.

Up to now, the Late Middle Paleolithic record in the area of research is relatively unknown. Especially in Central Germany, a large amount of artifacts is stored in the Archaeological Heritage Office in Saxony/ Dresden and in the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt - State Museum of Prehistory/ Halle (Saale), yet only partly published in regional journals. Although the major part of the material was discovered by volunteer archaeologists in last glacial river terraces in open cast lignite mines and gravel quarries, the finds can geologically and typologically be dated to the LMP. Additionally, one site situated in one of those lignite mines and with diagnostic LMP artifacts was excavated by the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt in 2002. The OSL-dates from this site confirm an LMP age.

Besides the presentation of the material, I am looking at distinctive morphological features in the artifacts and, where applicable, tracing these in other contemporaneous assemblages. Furthermore, the relationship to the following Leaf-Point industries will be analyzed.

Together with well dated and published LMP sites like Salzgitter-Lebenstedt, Lichtenberg (both Lower Saxony), Königsaue (Saxony-Anhalt) and with the addition of other central European LMP assemblages, this research will contribute to our knowledge of the LMP in Europe. It will shed new light on the behavior of late Neanderthal groups shortly before the arrival of Anatomical Modern Humans on the European continent.

I am involved in the following research projects:

  • From Elbe to Volga: Late Middle Paleolithic open-air sites of the European Plain. Analysis of late Middle Paleolithic stone artefact assemblages (PhD).
  • The Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in central Germany: New excavations at the transitional site Ilsenhöhle Ranis, Thuringia.
  • Middle- and Upper Pleistocene landscape evolution and early human dispersal in central Germany – Chronological investigations on Saalian- and Elsterian sediment archives in the type region.