Fieldwork ‒ Own Projects

Since 1983, I work on archaeological excavations. 1989, I codirected my first own excavation jointly with Christoph Seliger. My excavation projects comprises open area excavations as well as sites with complex stratigraphy. Short summaries of the main sites are given below. Beside these, I carried out smaller watching briefs on sites in Saxony and the North-East of England.

2004‒2005 ‒ Merseburg-Cathedral, Chapter House, Saxony-Anhalt


2004 and 2005, I carried out excavations at Merseburg-Cathedral. These investigations were carried out on behalf of the United Cathedral Chapter of Merseburg and Naumburg. Several trenches for services were monitored and plans and sections recorded. It was possible to investigate trenches at the chapter yard and inside the chapter house in more detail stratigraphically.

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2004 ‒ Naumburg-Cathedral, South Cloisters, Saxony-Anhalt


Due to the growing number of visitors to Naumburg Cathedral, new toilets and a new sewage system became neccessary. 2004, the new toilets were built in the southern wing of the south cloisters and a sewer was constructed running down the hill towards the Pfütze site.
The deep trench was monitored during excavation and recorded in section. Thick layers of late medieval demolition were observed which contained a large collection of complete vessels. The base of the sewage trench produced a consinderable amount of 11th and 12th century pottery and structures. Some of these are shown at the image to the left.

2003 ‒ Naumburg-Pfütze, Saxony-Anhalt


Naumburg City Council decided to build a parking space for buses for the growing amount of tourists visiting the cathedral, as Naumburg's main tourist attraction. 2003, a watching brief was carrried out, when the existing 19th and 20th century buildings were demolished and their foundations were dug up. To the north and east of architectural remains identified as medieval by building recording and desk-based assessment, stratigraphic excavation was conducted down to the potential depth of the bedding of the parking.

A large post-medieval pit and modern truncations were excavated below this level to test the preservation of medieval features. None of these completely emptied features reached natural deposits. The layers shown in the elevations of these truncations were carefully cleaned, numbered and described. The elevations themselves were recorded as sections. A tiled floor of a late medieval or renaissance building was uncovered at parts of the trench and it is likely that it orignally covered the complete trench north of a medieval chapel described below. No walls or any robber trenches of foundations for this large building were detected in the north and east of the trench.

The foundations uncovered to the east of the architectural remains belong to St.John the Baptist's Chapel. It is known from written sources that this chapel was demolished in the 19th century whilst building a carpentry and reerected at the cathedral canon`s cemetery. The sculpture of the keystones points towards masons of the famous Naumburg Master's workshop as builders of this small chapel.

The preserved architectural remains to the west and a wall fragment abutting the chapel at its NW-corner indicate that the chapel belonged to a larger medieval building complex. Diplomatic sources indicates that St.John's Chapel was an integral part of the bishop's palace was located here.

Further excavations were carried out in 2005, continuing below the levels reached by my excavation. During three months of excavation, I examined 880 m² by watching brief and excavated 550 m² en detail, a total of 1084 contexts were described and 122 sections and plans recorded. I was assisted by a semi-skilled technician with no experience in stratigraphic excavation, a draughtsperson, 5 full-time labourers with prior excavation experience and 20 part-time labourers in an employment creation scheme without any experience. These part-time workers worked in two teams switching at mid-day.

1999 ‒ Döbeln-Klostergut, Saxony


1999, I carried out excavation at Döbeln-Klostergut. This represents the site of the former Benedictine nunnery. The existing architectural remains as well as the most features excavated are of early16th century and of early modern date. Excavation allowed to add new knowledge to the possible monastic and early medieval dating of the existing architecture. The remains belong to an economic building, presumable a kind of mill, and are mentioned in an inventory created 1554 after the dissolution of the Saxon monastic houses. The possible location of the cloister and monastic church might have been identified when renewing the sewage system towards the SW of Klostergut.

Excavation was carried out with the kind support of the owner, Axel Friedrich and his family.

1998 ‒ Wurzen-Posthof, Saxony

1997 ‒ Altzelle Abbey, Saxony

1989 ‒ Straubing-Öberau, Bavaria


1989 and 1990, I worked co-directed in the valley of the river Danube.

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Fieldwork ‒ Contributions

Beside my own excavation projects, I contributed to several projects of colleagues. 1983 still at school at the time, I started digging on the site of Carolyn Heighway at St. Oswald's Priory in Gloucester. Further, I volunteered at Frankfurt-Kalbach, Bonifatiusquelle (director Margarethe Dohrn-Ihmig), at the Neolithic sites in Wang and Bruchenbrücken (director Prof. Jens Lüning) as well as on the large urban excavations in Heidelberg-Kornmarkt and Braunschweig-Eiermarkt. Longer periods and with a more responsible role, I spend time on the following excavations:

2012 ‒ Satu Mare County, Romania


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2009 - 2011 ‒ Tell Fekheriye, Syria


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2007 ‒ Silbury Hill, Wiltshire

2006 ‒ Leicester, Leicestershire


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1984 - 1995 ‒ Repton, Derbyshire & St.Alban's Abbey, Hertfordshire


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Post-Excavation Projects

I carried out and supervised several post-excavation projects, which included the analysis of the contextual record as well as of finds. This projects comprises my own excavations, such as Öberau, Altzelle, Wurzen and Merseburg, as well as excavations of others, such as excavations at Tell Fekheriye and Durham-Mountjoy. 2001, I supervised a large group of 36 labourers and draughtsperson in an employment creation scheme, where we worked on the finds from several urban excavations in Saxony as well as on excavations carried out in the 1940s south of Leipzig.

Comprehensive manuscripts on the projects below have been submitted for publication.

2008 ‒ Berwick, Walkergate, Northumberland

1995 - 1997 ‒ Village Churches in Lower Lusatia, Brandenburg

1990 - 1994 ‒ Bronze Age Settlements in Straubing


Building Recordings

Working at several site of high architectural importance (Altzelle, Döbeln, Merseburg and Naumburg), it was inevitable to investigate standing architectural remains in areas. I always appreciated the collaboration and fruitful discusssions with art historians, architects, historians and conservation specialists working on these monuments. It was an honour to assist Dr. Harold Taylor when he recorded Repton church in 1986; he taught me a lot on the investigation of historic architecture.

2008, I created a complete building record of a multi-purpose industral building in accordance with English Heritage Level 4 .

2008 ‒ Berwick, Pier-Maltings, Northumberland


HER- and GIS-Projects

One of my main interests in the last year was the use of Geographical Information Systems in archaeology. Here, I contributed to the Historic Envirnment Records of Worcestershire County Council and revised the property records of Newcastle City Council. For projects in Armenia, Indonesia and Syria, I gave advice and assistance on GIS and provided the information on the local grid reference systems. I established the intra-site GIS-database for the Tell Fecheriye project and was here responsible for the input of the spatial data.

2006 ‒ Monasteries in Worcestershire



During my professional career in archaeology, I was based several times at museums, where I contributed to exhibitions and the daily routine. 2000, I provided a larger input on Altzelle for the exhibition Die sächsische Nacht - Sachsen archäologisch, I selected the exhibits, wrote the texts and provided the illustrations.

2001 ‒ Lichtenstein Museum