Gnawing Marks   •   My Qualifications and Experiences

last update: 9. 10. 2012

 

Skull Amia calva


Hans Christian Küchelmann

Konsul-Smidt-Strasse 30 • D-28217 Bremen • Germany
tel: +49-421-6199177 • fax: +49-421-3783540
e-mail: info@knochenarbeit.de       

Extracts out of my ontogenetic development and a couple of more or less serious gnawing marks concerning archaeozoology, taphonomy and archaeology



General Data
  • Born 1963 in Bremen, Germany
  • School education from 1969 – 1982 in Bremen and Emden, Germany.
    Secondary school main courses: biology and chemistry.
    Final examination May 1982

  • Biology study at the Carl von Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg from 1984 -1997.
    Within this study among other things:

  • Exam in zoology entitled
    „Verwesungsspuren an fossilen Schlammfischen aus der Grube Messel – Postmortale Verdriftung des Schlammfisches Cyclurus kehreri“ (1995)
    [Traces of Putrefaction on fossil Bowfins from the Messel Pit – Post Mortem Damage of the Bowfin Cyclurus kehreri]
  • Diploma thesis entitled
    „Bißspuren von Säugetieren an rezenten und subfossilen Knochen – Ein Beitrag zur Taphonomie“ (1997)
    [Mammal Gnawing Marks on recent and subfossil Bones – A Contribution to Taphonomy]
  • Diploma graduation May 1997
  • Language competence: German (native), English (advanced), Spanish (basic)



Scientific Research

Büro Lichthaus
Foto: Horst Hänel

Since 1999 I am engaged in scientific research in the fields of zooarchaeology and taphonomy. Until today I worked on bones from the following excavations:

  • Aramus, County Kotayk, Armenia • Urartian fortress, 1st millenium BC
  • Bentumersiel, County Leer, Germany • Roman Iron Age settlement
  • Bremen-Altstadt, Germany • medieval till Early Modern Time town center
  • Bremerhaven-Wulsdorf, Germany • medieval church
  • Bremen-Arsten and Bremen-Hemelingen, Germany • 1st to 3rd century AD deposits
  • Daverden, County Verden, Germany • Bronze Age settlement
  • Ellens, Gemany • medieval terp mound
  • Emstek, Germany • Iron Age settlement
  • Genoeserbusch, Luxembourg • medieval ironworks
  • Jemgumkloster, Germany • medieval terp mound
  • Kemnitz, County Potsdam-Mittelmark, Germany • Bronze Age till Early Iron Age settlement
  • Mörfelden-Kirschnersheck, County Groß-Gerau, Germany • Alamannic settlement
  • Mogador, Morocco • early Phoenician settlement, 1st millennium BC
  • Norden, Germany • medieval Dominican monastery
  • Norden, Germany • medieval terp mound
  • Oldenburg, Germany • medieval till Early Modern Time town center
  • Paderborn, Germany • medieval monastery
  • Sievern, County Cuxhaven, Germany • Iron Age settlement
  • Vechta, Germany • medieval castle
  • Collaboration in the design of the permanent exhibition "Wissenswerkstatt Archäologie" at the Focke-Museum Bremen, Germany • 2011
  • Four experts reports for the Landeskriminalamt Bremen, Germany
  • Advice for the preparation of museum educational offers for children concerning archaeozoology and worked bones in the Focke-Museum Bremen, Germany.



Presentations

  • 6. 10. 2012
    "The zoological Profile of a Trade Post at the End of the World. Conclusions from the faunal Remains of Phoenician Mogador, Morocco"
    Presentation at the ICAZ-Symposium "World Archaeozoology Today: International Approaches to Common Problems" in Istanbul, Turkey
  • 18. 9. 2012
    "Napfschnecken, Turbane und Gemeine Seeohren. Der Abfallberg der phönizischen Purpurinsel"
    [Limpets, Turbans and Ear Shells. The waste mound of the Phoenician Purple Island]
    Presentation at the 9th conference of the Gesellschaft für Archäozoologie und Prähistorische Anthropologie (GAPA) in Vienna, Austria
  • 18. - 19. 8. 2012
    Presentation of archaeozoology and bone working at the annual celebration of the Neanderthal Museum Mettmann
  • 19. 6. 2012
    "Everything counts in large Amounts: Making a good Deal of Phoenician Shells from Mogador, Morocco"
    Presentation at the 7th Meeting of the ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group (AMWG) in Cairns, Australien
  • 23. 2. 2012
    "Biotopkartierung mit Zeitmaschine? Eine Einführung in die Methoden der Archäozoologie"
    [Biotope Survey with a Time Machine? An Introduction into the Methods of Archaeozoology]
    Presentation at the BUND Wesermarsch in the Umweltstation Iffens
  • 12. 1. 2012
    "Des Pudels Kern etwas näher kommen"
    [Getting closer to the Core of the Matter]
    Presentation in the Historisches Seminar of the University of Hannover
  • 23. 9. 2011
    Presentation of bone working at the Dinklager Kult(o)ur
  • 6. 9. 2011
    "Walknochen als landschaftliche und architektonische Elemente in und um Bremen"
    [Whale Bones as Landscape and architectural Elements in and around Bremen]
    Presentation within the festival of the 800th anniversary year of Arsten
  • 9. 8. 2011
    "Mit Knochen gepflastert – Zum Treiben auf dem Bremer Marktplatz um 1300"
    [Paved with Bones – To the Things going on at the Market Place of Bremen around 1300]
    Presentation at the Focke-Museum Bremen
  • 8. 7. 2011
    "Weitreichende Beziehungen – einflussreiche Kreise. Einige Aspekte archäozoologischer Forschung am Beispiel zweier besonderer Funde aus der mittelalterlichen Burg Vechta"
    [Far reaching Relations – influential Circles. Some Aspects of archaeozoological Research by the Example of two extraordinary Finds from the early medieval Castle of Vechta]
    Presentation at the Institut für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung of the
    University of Bremen
  • 12.2.2011
    "Neue Ergebnisse archäozoologischer Untersuchungen an Knochenfunden aus der kaiserzeitlichen Siedlung Bentumersiel"
    [New Results of archaeozoological Research on Bone Finds from the Roman Time Settlement of Bentumersiel]
    Presentation at the Marschenratskolloqium 2011 in Aurich

  • 27.8.2010
    "Noble meals instead of abstinence? A faunal assemblage from the Dominican abbey of Norden, Northern Germany"
    Presentation at the 11th International Conference of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) Paris, France
  • 10.9.2009
    "
    Whale Bones as architectural Elements in and around Bremen, Germany"
    Presentation at the 7th Meeting of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) in Wroclaw, Poland
  • 12. 2. 2009
    "Auf den Spuren der phönizischen Purpurhändler"
    [Tracing the Phoenician purple traders]
    Presentation at the Geosciences Working Group of the University of Bremen

    6. 12. 2008
    "Der Wal vom Teerhof"
    [The whale from the Teerhof]
    Presentation at the Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen
  • 4. – 26. 10. 2008
    "Vom Knochen zur Kunst – Skelette als Werkstoff"
    [From Bone to Art – Skeletons as Raw Material]
    Exhibition at the Museum im Zeughaus Vechta
  • 2. – 3. 8. 2008
    "Vom Knochen zum Kunstwerk – Skelette als Werkstoff
    "
    [From Bone to Artwork – Skeletons as Raw Material]

    Presentation at the Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven
  • 12. 6. 2008
    "Spuren an Knochenfunden" [Traces on Bones]
    Presentation at the Geosciences Working Group of the University of Bremen
  • 27. 6. – 25. 10. 2007
    Participation in the exhibition "Der Neandertaler und Joachim Neander
    " [The Neandertals and Joachim Neander] in the Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen, Germany
  • 20. 9. 2007
    "Einführung in die Archäozoologie" [Introduction into Archaeozoology]
    Presentation during the Aramus excavation at the Yerevan State University Guest House, Armenia
  • 15. 9. 2007
    "Knochen erzählen – Was man an Knochenfunden erkennen kann"
    [talking bones – things is visible on bone finds]
    presentation at the "Wissensmeile 2007" in the Haus der Wissenschaft Bremen
  • 30.8.2007
    "
    Highland tunes in the flatlands? A bone flute from the medieval castle of Vechta"
    Presentation at the 6th Meeting of the ICAZ 
    Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) in Paris, France
  • 21. – 22. 7. 2007
    "Vom Knochen zum Kunstwerk – Skelette als Werkstoff
    "
    [From Bone to Artwork – Skeletons as Raw Material]

    Presentation at the Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven
  • 7. 7. 2007
    "Flötentöne und lahme Hunde – zwei außergewöhnliche Funde aus der mittelalterlichen Burg Vechta"
    [Flute Tunes and lame Dogs – two exceptional Finds from the medieval Castle Vechta]
    Presentation at the Archaeozoological Research Colloquium for Prof. Dr. Dirk Heinrich, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel
  • 6. 7. 2007 & 25. 5. 2007
    Workshops for children for the BUND Bremen
  • 6. 12. 2006
    "To be or not to be or about being a free lance archaeozoologist"
    Presentation at the Lorand Eötvös University Budapest, Hungary

  • 29. – 30. 7. 2006
    "Vom Knochen zum Kunstwerk - Skelette als Werkstoff"
    [From Bone to Artwork – Skeletons as Raw Material]

    Presentation at the Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven
  • summer term 2006
    "Einführung in die Archäozoologie"
    [Introduction into Archaeozoology]

    Seminar at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 23. 6. 2006
    "Werkzeugspuren an Knochen – Untersuchungen im Grenzbereich von Archäologie und Gerichtsmedizin"
    [Tool-Marks on Bones – Investigations on the border between Archaeology and Forensic Science]
    Presentation at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • 20. 5. 2006
    "Wird Elfenbein aus Elfen gemacht?"
    [Is Ivory made from Elves?]
    Presentation within the "Childrens University" at the Hochschule Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 9. 5. 2006
    "Werkzeugspuren an Knochen"
    [Tool Marks on Bones]
    Presentation at the Smposium "Werkzeug- und sonstige Formspuren" {Tool Marks and other Traces] of the Landeskriminalamt Bremen, Germany
  • 29. 3. 2006
    "Oberflächenveränderungen an Knochen durch taphonomische Prozesse"
    [Surface Modifications on Bones due to taphonomic Processes]
    Presentation at the 45th International Meeting of the Verband Deutscher Präparatoren (VDP) in Aachen, Germany
  • 28. 2. 2006
    "Mögliche Daten zur Todesursachenermittlung an aufgefundenem Knochenmaterial"
    [Data for the Death Cause Investigation from found Bone Remains]
    Seminar within a course about death cause investigation at the Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung Bremen, Germany
  • 23. 10. 2005
    " Archäozoologie im Zoo am Meer – Was in den Knochen steckt…"
    [Archaeozoologie in the Zoo]
    Presentation within the program of the „City of Science 2005 Bremen Bremerhaven" at the Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 30. 9. 2005
    "Die Tierknochenfunde der Grabung Aramus 2004"
    [Animal Bone Finds of the Aramus Excavation 2004]
    Presentation at the Yerevan State University Guest House, Armenia
  • 30. 8. 2005
    "Why 7 – Rules and Exceptions in the Numbering of Dice"
    Presentation at the 5th Meeting of the ICAZ 
    Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
  • 4. – 7. 4. 2005
    "Archae-Netzwerk und Archae e. V."
    Poster-Presentation at the 5. Deutscher Archäologenkongress in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
  • 7. 11. 2004
    "Echte Knochenarbeit – Forschung an Knochenfunden"
    [Real Bone Work – Research on Bone Finds]
    Presentation at the Stiftsmuseum Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • 28. 10. 2004
    "Aussagefähigkeit von aufgefundenem Knochenmaterial"
    [Capable Conclusions from found Skeletal Remains]
    Presentation at a Conference of the Kriminalistische Studiengemeinschaft Bremen, Germany
  • 5. 6. 2004
    "Mit dem Bruchzeugs kann man doch sowieso nix mehr anfangen – Eine kleine Einführung in die Archäozoologie"
    [These Fragments are useless – A short Introduction into Archaeozoology]
    Presentation at a seminar of the Institut für Alte Geschichte und Altorientalistik of the University of Innsbruck in Kühtai, Austria
  • 6. 3. and 27. 3. 2004
    "Herstellung von mittelalterlichen Knochenkämmen und Geräten aus Geweih"
    [Manufacture of Medieval Bone Combs and Implements from Antler]
    Presentation at the Focke-Museum Bremen, Germany
  • 16. 2. 2004
    "Let's skate together! Skating on bones in the past and today"
    Presentation at the Archaeological Department, Helsinki University, Finland
  • 30. 8. 2003
    "Let's skate together: Skating on bones in the past and today"
    Presentation at the 4th International Meeting of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) in the Institute of History Tallinn, Estonia
  • 9.–16. 8. 2003
    "Knochenarbeit im Mittelalter"
    [Bone Working in the Middle Ages]
    Workshops in medieval bone handicraft within a holiday program for children in Bremen, Germany
  • 14.–16. 6. 2002
    Exhibition and presentation of medieval bone handicraft at the Archae-Market in Dörverden-Westen, Germany
  • 8. 9. 2001
    "Report about three excavations in Germany: Kemnitz (Brandenburg), Daverden and Cloppenburg (Niedersachsen)"
    Presentation at the 3rd International Meeting of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) in Basel, Switzerland
  • 7. 3. – 14. 5. 2000
    Presentation of archaeozoological results in the exhibition "Siedler, Söldner und Piraten – Chauken und Sachsen im Bremer Raum"
    [Settler, Soldiers and Pirates – Chauci and Saxons in the Region of Bremen]
    in the Focke-Museum Bremen, Germany
  • 3. 2. 1999
    "Die Tierknochenfunde der Grabung Kirschnersheck, Mörfelden"
    [Animal Bone Finds of the Excavation Kirschnersheck, Mörfelden]
    Paper presented at the Museum Mörfelden, Germany
  • 1995 – 1996
    Exhibition of research results on bowfins (Amia calva, Cyclurus kehreri) in the Faculty of Geosciences of the University of Bremen, Germany



Further subject related experiences

Inventarisierung Urnen
Foto: Sigrid Sternebeck

  • Laboratory sessions in the Archäologisch-Zoologische Arbeitsgruppe (AZA) Schleswig, Germany • 2000 – 2012
  • Presentation of Roman bone working at the Museum Augusta Raurica, Switzerland with lathe turner Astrid Dingeldey • 8/2009, 8/2011
  • Presentation of Roman bone working at the Archäologischer Park Xanten (APX) with lathe turner Astrid Dingeldey • 5-8/2008, 5-6/2010, 6/2011, 8-9/2012
  • Member of the Gesellschaft für Archäozoologie und Prähistorische Anthropologie (GAPA) since 4/2010; participation in the conferences in Schleswig 2008 and Berlin 2010
  • Laboratory session in the Department of Anatomy of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover • 3/2009
  • Contribution to set-up and maintainance of the website of the ICAZ Worked Bone Research Group (WBRG) since 2007
  • Revision of the archaeological archive of the Focke-Museum Bremen, Germany • 2-4/1998, 5-7/2002, 1-2/2003, 7/2006
  • Laboratory session in the Institute of Anatomy, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria • 12/2004
  • Member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA) since 2/2004
  • Participation in a mass dissection of seals at the Alterra Institute for Coastal Research, Texel, The Netherlands • 2/2003
  • Member of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) since 4/2001; participation in the conferences in Durham 2002 and Paris 2010; member of the International Comittee (IC) and Executive Comittee (EC) since 8/2010
  • Member of the archaeological network Archae – Arbeitskreis für angewandte Archäologie“ since 4/2000
  • Contribution to the Schichtenerfassungsprogramm (SEP) des Niedersächsischen Landesamtes für Bodenforschung [Stratigraphic Monitoring Programme of the Federal Government of Niedersachsen] • 11/1998



Excavations

Grabung Rekum
Foto: Kono

Until today I worked at the following excavations:

  • Oldenburg, Niedersachsen • medieval town center • 5-7/2010, 2-6/2011
  • Emstek, County Cloppenburg, Niedersachsen • Early Iron Age settlement • 9/2003, 10-11/2004, 3-4/2005, 3-4/2010
  • Aramus, County Kotayk, Armenia • Urartian fortress • 9-10/2004, 9-10/2005, 9-10/2006, 9/2007, 9/2008
  • Langwedel, County Verden, • Early Modern fortress • 4/2007
  • Straguth, County Anhalt-Zerbst, Sachsen-Anhalt • Bronze Age features • 10/2005
  • Uelsen, County Grafschaft Bentheim, Niedersachsen • Bronze Age Urn Cemetary • 5/2005
  • Verden, Niedersachsen • late medieval house • 6-7/2004
  • Stade-Wiepenkathen, Niedersachsen • Bronze Age urn cemetery and medieval settlement • 11/2001
  • Cloppenburg • medieval settlement • 7-10/2001
  • Kemnitz, County Potsdam-Mittelmark, Brandenburg • Middle till Late Bronze Age settlement • 6-7/2001
  • Neuzelle, County Oder-Spree, Brandenburg • Late Iron Age settlement • 5/2001
  • Groß Beuchow, County Oder-Spreewald-Lausitz, Brandenburg • early medieval Slavic settlement • 4/2001
  • Cottbus, Brandenburg • medieval town center • 4/2001
  • Bremen-Kirchhuchting • Migration Period Saxon settlement • 4-10/1997, 9/2000
  • Bremen-Bockhorn • Early Iron Age settlement • 8/2000
  • Dötlingen, County Wildeshausen, Niedersachsen • pipeline construction • 6-7/2000
  • Börnicke, County Havelland, Brandenburg • early medieval Slavic settlement • 11-12/1999
  • Meckelstedt, County Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen • Neolithic and Iron Age features • 9/1999
  • Verden, Niedersachsen • medieval town center • 10/1998 - 1/1999
  • Palaeontological excavation near Korbach, Hessen • Permian • 9-10/1998
  • Bremen-Hemelingen • Roman Iron Age features • 10-11/1997, 4-7/1998
  • Bremen-Rekum • graves from 1st century BC til 6th century AD, medieval settlement • 5/1998
  • Daverden, County Verden, Niedersachsen • Bronze Age settlement • 11-12/1997
  • Bremen-Hutfilterstraße • medieval town center • 7/1997
  • Palaeontological excavation in the Messel pit near Darmstadt, Hessen • Eocene • 9/1988, 8/1992

During my work on these excavations I gathered skills and experiences in archaeological prospection, surveying, field direction, treatment and documentation of excavation areas, features and finds.

Urne Daverden
Foto: Bernd Steffens

Grabung Kirchhuchting
Me and some other workoholics
at a busy day on site.



Other Experiences

Bogenturnier Bodenteich
Foto: Jutta Bachmann

  • Experimental archaeology experiences in manufacturing of longbows, arrows, atlatl, bone and antler artefacts
  • Speleological experiences in Germany, France and Spain (9/1993, 10/1995, 10/1996, 9/1997, 9/1999, 10/2000, 9/2002, 8/2004)
  • Participation in longbow contests (9/2000, 7/2004)
  • Participation in the disassembly of 18th century saxon farm buildings in Carum (3-4/2002) and Dinklage (7-8/2003), County Vechta, Niedersachsen, Germany
  • Participation in an arts exhibition in the Galerie Herold, Bremen, Germany with an archaeozoological installation (4/2002)
  • Maintainance of this website since 1/2001
  • Study trips to archaeological sites and museums in Germany, England (3/1990), Malta (10/1991) and Ireland (5/1991, 7/1993)
  • Ecological practical course in the Station Umwelterziehung Iffens, Niedersachsen, Germany (8/1984)
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