Archaeologist and has served for many years as the director of the Hemmehofen research center of the Baden-Württemberg Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments.
Who am I?
As a child I was intensely interested in the origins of life on our planet and the primal history of humanity. In 1970 I began to study prehistorical archaeology, paleontology and botany. In 1979 I received my doctorate from the University of Freiburg in Breisgau. In the same year I was hired by the Baden-Württemberg Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments as a consultant for the establishment of a workspace for humid soil and underwater archaeology at Lake Constance. From there I could lead a team of archaeologists and other scientists on numerous excavations to lakes and moors in south-western Germany. With the support of the German Research Foundation, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the EU I led comprehensive research projects with special emphasis in the areas of settlement-archaeological and paleoecological questions. Following the discovery of Early Stone Age wall paintings in 1990, I worked on ritual spheres of settlements.
Where do I come from?
After growing up at Lake Constance, I gladly returned – following years of study and archaeological excavations in Portugal, in western Switzerland and Turkey – to my beloved lake in order to search its sediment for uniquely conserved traces of stilt construction and to work on concepts for the protection and preservation of endangered find spots. I worked for the state of Baden-Württemberg as part of the 2011 international working group responsible for the selection of the „Pfahlbausiedlungen um die Alpen“ (Stilt construction settlements in the Alps) as a UNESCO-World Heritage Site. Married to the psychologist Hannelore Kunz I live in Wangen at the lake. Following my retirement in 2016 I am continuing my studies of early settlements and religious history of the Alp Foreshore.
What is my Path with Heart?
It is my pleasure with modern archaeological methods and new questions to make inroads into the conceptual structures of Early Stone Age populations.