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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

Michael Hein

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

phone: 0049 (0) 341 3550 382
email: michael_hein@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

  • Soil Science
  • Geomorphology
  • Luminescence Dating
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Periglacial Sedimentology
  • Human-Environmental Interactions since the Neolithic
  • Palaeoecology

I am a doctoral student at the Department of Human Evolution. Being trained as a physical geographer, my research interests lie in the fields of soil geography, geomorphology, and (palaeo)landscape ecology. For my thesis, I am trying to figure out how the natural environment during the Weichselian (especially MIS 5 to MIS 3) may have influenced the selection of occupational sites in the Middle Palaeolithic. Thus, in my case studies, I am working on different open-air sites across the European plain and in different geomorphic systems with fluvial, eolian, slope, and lake sediments. With the use of luminescence dating and numerous palaeoenvironmental proxies (grain size, XRF, leaf waxes, pollen) in combination with comprehensive geomorphological and GIS mappings, my aim is to decipher the pull factors for Middle Palaeolithic occupation on a landscape scale. These factors may have been access to raw material, water and nutritional sources, as well as microclimatically or hydrologically favourable locations. In close cooperation with local archaeologists, this could result in predictive models helping to identify the positions of hitherto unknown open-air sites.