Universität Bonn

Institut für Archäologie und Kulturanthropologie

PD'in Dr. Ursula Brosseder M.A.


Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Brühler Strasse 7, D-53119 Bonn
Tel. +49 (0)228 73-62464
E-Mail: ursula.brosseder@uni-bonn.de

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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  • Region and Time Periods: Iron Age Europe, Bronze to Late Iron Age Eurasia, Mongolia, Siberia.
  • Topics: Pastoralist societies, mounted warriors (Reiternomaden), monuments and memory, bioarchaeology, interaction and exchange processes, long distance contacts, „Silk Roads”, Xiongnu, Scythians, Sarmatians, Hallstatt Culture.


  • 2022 -> Habilitation Habilitation in Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany.
  • 2001 -> PhD in Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, Freie University of Berlin, “Studien zur Ornamentik hallstattzeitlicher Keramik zwischen Rhônetal und Karpatenbecken“ (Studies on ornamentation of Early Iron Age Pottery between the Rhone valley and the Carpathian Basin).
  • 1991–1998 -> Studying Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Near Eastern Archaeology and Archaeology of Roman Provinces at Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich), Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University (Frankfurt/Main), Freie University (Berlin).

Academic positions

  • 2015–present -> Researcher, (eigene Stelle DFG), project BARCOR Bioarchaeological Research on Cemeteries of the Upper Orkhon Valley, Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany.
  • 2011–2015 -> Akademische Rätin a.Z., Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany.
  • 2005–2011 -> Assistant Professor, Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, University of Bonn, Germany.

Awards and memberships

  • 2018–2019 -> Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, USA https://www.ias.edu/scholars/ursula-birgit-brosseder
  • Oct. 2015 -> Visiting Researcher, Jilin University, Changchun, China
  • 2013–2014 -> Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • 2013–2014 -> Research Fellowship of the Gerda Henkel Foundation
  • 2004–2005 -> Feodor Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, research at the Institute of Archeology, Ethnography and Anthropology, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.
  • 2002–2003 -> Fellowship of the German Archaeological Institute.
  • 1999–2001 -> Dissertation Fellowship of Berlin county (NaFög).

Commissions of Trust/Services

Host of Alexander von Humboldt Fellows:

  • Dr. Rebecca O’Sullivan (link setzen)
  • Dr. Jamiyan-Ombo Gantulga (link setzen)
  • Dr. Chimiddorj Yeruul-Erdene (link setzen)

  • Grant reviewer: European Research Council; National Science Foundation, USA; Agence National de la recherche, France; Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Austria; American Philosophical Society, USA; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany; POINT Postdoc Fellowships, Freie University Berlin, Germany
  • Peer-reviewer national and international journals: Archaeological Research in Asia, Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Asian Perspectives: The Journal of Archaeology for Asia and the Pacific, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Human Ecology, PlOS ONE, Radiocarbon, Antiquity, Praehistorische Zeitschrift, Erdkunde
  • 2018 -> Member of the archaeology group of HCERES, Paris (The High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education) (DER-SYNT190016851 - Synthèse nationale en Archéologie), https://www.hceres.fr/en/node/10819164
  • Since 2017 -> Associate Member of ERC-Research Group BASAR – Beyond the Silk Road. Economic Developments, Frontier Zones and Inter-Imperiality in the Afro-Eurasian World Region, 300 BCE to 300 CE, PI: Prof. Dr. Sitta von Reden https://www.basar.uni-freiburg.de/
  • Since 2015 -> Member of Editorial Board: Theoria i praktika arkheologicheskikh issledovaniia


  • BARCOR Bioarchaeological Research on Cemeteries of the Upper Orkhon Valley (PI) financed by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
  • Cultural Change from the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age to th Late Iron Age (Xiongnu Period) in the Upper Orkhon Valley, Central Mongolia (2012- 2014), financed by Gerda Henkel Foundation.
  • On the absolute chronology of Xiongnu period burials in Transbaikalia and Mongolia (2008–2010), financed by Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Organization of International Workshops and Conferences

  • March 2019 -> Internationaler Workshop “Hunters – Herders – Horsemen. The dawn of monumental landscapes in Mongolia”, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU, USA https://isaw.nyu.edu/publications/newsletters/024/monumental-landscapes.
  • February 2017 -> International Conference on “Ritual Landscape, Memory and Social Complexity in the Bronze and Iron Age of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes”, Organizer, financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
  • July 2013 -> International Workshop on “Networks approaches and applications in Inner Asian Archaeology”, together with Bryan Miller, held at LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn.
  • 9.–12.02.2012 -> The Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the First Millennium AD. Empires, Cities, Nomads and Farmers“. Organized with Prof. Dr. Jan Bemmann, Dr. Michael Schmauder, Prof. Dr. Timo Stickler, in LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn; supported by Gerda Henkel Foundation.
  • 27.–30.11.2011 -> with Prof. Dr. Avraham Faust Organization of the Archaeology session „Material Culture and Social Practice“ of the „3rd German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2011: Norms: Concepts and Practices“ of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation and the Israeli Academy of Sciences in Kibbutz Tzuba, Israel. https://www.academy.ac.il/Branches/Branch.aspx?nodeId=830&branchId=562
  • 16.–18.10.2008 -> „International Conference on Xiongnu Archaeology“ in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolei, organizer with Dr. Bryan K. Miller, financed by Silkroad Foundation; print of the conference volume financed by Silkroad Foundation and Gerda Henkel Foundation.

Monograph/Edited Volumes

  • E. Bunker and U. Brosseder, The Bronzes of the Guyuan Mizong Collection – The entangled world of China and the Steppe.
  • U. Brosseder, Bryan K. Miller (eds.), Xiongnu Archaeology – Multidisciplinary Perspectives of the first Steppe Empire in inner Asia. Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology 5 (Bonn 2011, in print), 656 pages, 285 figures, 16 tables.
  • with Daniel C. Waugh (eds.), P. B. Konovalov, The Burial Vault of a Xiongnu Prince at Sudzha (Il’movaia Pad’, Transbaikalia). Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology 3 (Bonn 2008), 60 pages., 40 plates.
  • U. Brosseder, Studien zur Ornamentik hallstattzeitlicher Keramik zwischen Rhônetal und Karpatenbecken. Universitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie 106 (Bonn 2004) 512 pages.

Selected Contributions/Articles

  • U. Brosseder, The Xiongnu Empire. In S. von Reden (ed.), Handbook of Ancient Afro-Eurasian Economies, vol. 1: contexts. Oldenbourg 2020, 195–204. https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/9783110607741/html
  • G. Grupe, M. Marx, P.-M. Schellerer, J. Bemmann, U. Brosseder, C. Yeruul-Erdene, J.-O. Gantulga, Bioarchaeology of Bronze and Iron Age skeletal Finds from a microregion in Central Mongolia. Anthropologischer Anzeiger 2019, DOI: 10.1127/anthranz/2019/0879.
  • U. Brosseder, B. K. Miller, Global Networks and Local Agents in the Iron Age Eurasian Steppe. In: N. Boivin and M. Frachetti (eds.). Ancient Globalization and the “People Without History”. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018) 162-183. DOI:10.1017/9781108573276.008
  • U. Brosseder, Xiongnu and Huns: Archaeological Perspectives on a centuries-old debate about Identity and Migration. In: N. Di Cosmo/M. Maas (eds.), Eurasian Empires in Late Antiquity: Rome, China, Iran, and the Steppe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018) 176-188. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316146040.015
  • U. Brosseder, In the shadow zone of Empire politics – Archaeological Research in Buryatia at the end of the 19th century. In: B. Effros and Lai Guolong (eds.) Unmasking Ideology (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute Press 2018) 259–274.
  • A. Ėnkhtör, J. Bemmann, U. Brosseder, The First Excavations of Bronze and Iron Age Monuments in the Middle Orkhon Valley, Central Mongolia: Results from Rescue Investigations in 2006 and 2007. Asian Archaeology 2018, 1: 3–44.
  • J. Bemmann, U. Brosseder, A Long Standing Tradition – Stelae in the Steppes with a Special Focus on the Slab Grave Culture. In: N. Kradin (ed.), Materialy mezhdunarodnoi konferentsii „Aktual’nye problem Arkheologii i Etnologii Tsentral’noi Azii”, posviashchenoi 80-letiiu d.i.n. prof. P. B. Konovalova, 3-6 Dekabria 2017 g. (Ulan-Ude 2017), 14–25.
  • U. Brosseder, The Complexity of Interaction and Exchange along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the centuries around the turn of the era. In: J. Bemmann/M. Schmauder (eds.), The Complexity of Interaction along the Eurasian Steppe Zone in the First Millennium AD. Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology (Bonn 2015) 199–332. PDF link
  • U. Brosseder, Belt Plaques as an Indicator of East-West Relations in the Eurasian Steppe at the Turn of the Millennia. In: U. Brosseder/B. K. Miller (eds.), Xiongnu Archaeology. Multidisciplinary Perspectives of the First Steppe Empire in Inner Asia. Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology 5 (Bonn 2011) 349–424. [PDF, 32MB]
  • U. Brosseder, Xiongnu Terrace Tombs and their Interpretation as Elite Burials. In: J. Bemmann/H. Parzinger/E. Pohl/D. Tseveendorzh (eds.), Current Archaeological Research in Mongolia. Papers from the First International Conference on „Archaeological Research in Mongolia” held in Ulaanbaatar, August 19th–23rd 2007. Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology 4 (Bonn 2009) 247–280. PDF

Iron Age Europe

  • U. Brosseder, R. Krause, Hallstattzeitliche Großgrabhügel am Fürstensitz auf dem Ipf bei Osterholz, Gde. Kirchheim am Ries. In: R. Krause (Hrsg.), Forschungen zum frühkeltischen Fürstensitz auf dem Ipf. Frankfurter Archäologische Schriften (Frankfurt 2014) 145–183.
  • U. Brosseder, Ebenen sozialer Identitäten im Spiegel des Zeichensystems hallstattzeitlicher Keramik. In: J. Müller-Scheessel/St. Burmeister (Hrsg.), Soziale Gruppen – kulturelle Grenzen. Die Interpretation sozialer Identitäten in der Prähistorischen Archäologie (Tübingen 2006) 81–100.
  • U. Brosseder, Eckart Sauter, Bemerkungen zur Heuneburg und ihrer Publikation. Praehist. Zeitschr. 78, 2003, 60–98.
  • U. Brosseder, Zur zeitlichen Gliederung des älterhallstattzeitlichen Fundstoffes in Nordostbayern. Bayer. Vorgeschichtsbl. 67, 2003, 17–41.
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