TraCEr

Contact
Dr. João Marreiros
Tel. 02631-9772271 marreiros@rgzm.de

Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments

The TraCEr lab runs under the research umbrella of MONREPOS, namely, understanding the evolution of our behaviour during the early history of humanity. In Pleistocene Archaeology, interpreting artefact variability has long been one of the most debated topics. In fact, to what uses humans put their tools and how these might have varied through time and space is one of the key areas of research for understanding the evolution of human behaviour. The main scope of TraCEr is to carry out-breaking functional studies that combine 1) methodological development and 2) fundamental research on Pleistocene and Early Holocene archaeology.

Amenities & Further Information

ZooLab

Contact
Dr. Lutz Kindler
Tel. 02631-977225 kindler@rgzm.de
Dr. Elaine Turner
Tel. 02631-977219 turner@rgzm.de

Osteological reference collection

The osteological reference collection in our zooarchaeology laboratory allows the comparative identification and age detemination of skeletal material from archaeological contexts. Emphasis is on recent and Pleistocene European faunas. Besides large mammals the collection also holds recent small mammal species.

A particular feature is the taphonomic collection. This contains comparative material for the differentiation of cut marks and impact fractures from naturally occurring surface modifications.


Library

Contact:
Heidrun Gräf
Tel. 0 2631-977216 graef@rgzm.de
Library Hours:
Mo-Thu 8 am - 5 pm, Fr 8 am - 12 noon

One of the largest Research Libraries for the Archaeology of Early Humans

The catalogue currently records almost 80,000 relevant titles and is constantly being updated to include new publications. Printed publications also include an extensive collection of copies and offprints and are complemented by the digitally accessible journal library.

Our library is a reference library. Publications may only be consulted at MONREPOS and by prior appointment.

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Photographic Archive

Contact:
Dr. Lutz Kindler
Tel. 02631-977225 kindler@rgzm.de

Almost 38,000 digitalised records.

These document our excavations, finds and research. Unique is the Heidelhof Collection containing more than 300 3D motifs of parietal art from French and Spanish cave localities. Our photographic archive is available for research and publication purposes.


StudyCollection

4,800 Palaeolithic and Mesolithic artefacts from across the Old World.

These consist of stone tools and other objects either as original finds or high quality replicas produced by the conservation laboratories of the RGZM. An important part of the study collection is formed by the archive of “Venus Figurines”. The collection of more than 50 female figurines is the largest of its kind worldwide.


Lithic Raw Material Reference Collection

Samples of over 230 rock types

The collection of lithic raw materials contains samples of the siliceous rocks used to manufacture tools in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. They help in the identification of the raw material of the archaeological finds.

Currently the collection contains samples of over 230 rock types from different sources, at the heart of which are those of Rhineland origin.


CalPal

The CalPal Program converts 14C dates into calendar years. The dates are calibrated against relevant palaeoenvironmental archives. Archaeology and environmental change can then be exactly correlated. It was a worldwide first when we succeeded in extending this back as far as 50,000 years ago. CalPal was developed with the University of Cologne in a cooperation going back many years and is today available as a free download or Online-Version.


Collegiate Rooms

Our collegiate rooms are available for guest researchers and students by previous appointment only. With three apartments, four single and three double rooms our collegiate rooms offer researchers ideal conditions for a successful residency.