Project Team

Project team during a working meeting in August 2018 
Project team during a working meeting in August 2018 (from left: S. Kriesch, H. Eilbracht, M. Wemhoff, C. von Carnap-Bornheim, T. Ibsen und J. A. Prassolow). Photo: D. Rohwäder, Schleswig.

Project Management

The application for the project ›Continuity of Research and Research of Continuity‹ was submitted to the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz by Claus von Carnap-Bornheim (Schleswig) and Matthias Wemhoff (Berlin), who have been in charge of the long-term project since its beginning in 2012.


Prof. Dr. Claus von Carnap-Bornheim

Claus von Carnap-Bornheim is head of the project at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology in Schleswig.

Claus von Carnap-Bornheim studied Pre- and Early History, Classical Archaeology, Egyptology and Anthropology at Philipps University in Marburg and completed his doctorate in 1990 with a thesis entitled: ›Perldraht und Preßblech in kaiserzeitlichen Moorfunden Südskandinaviens und Schleswig-Holsteins‹, followed by his habilitation in 1997: ›Studien zur jüngeren Römischen Kaiserzeit im Barbaricum‹. Since 1999 he has been director of the Archeological Museum at Gottorf Castle in Schleswig. From 2004 to 2017 he has been head of the State Archaeological Office in Schleswig-Holstein. He founded the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology in 2008 as a non-university research organization within the Gottorf Castle Regional Museum Foundation in Schleswig-Holstein, and has presided the foundation from 2009 onwards. Claus von Carnap-Bornheim is professor for Pre- and Early History at Christian-Albrecht University in Kiel.

Besides studies on the Roman Imperial Barbaricum and on the Early Mediaeval settlement in Haithabu, his research is focused on Central and North European Archaeology in the First Millennium A.D. and on East-Prussian Archaeology.


Prof. Dr. Matthias Wemhoff

Matthias Wemhoff is head of the project at the Museum for Pre-and Early History in Berlin.

Matthias Wemhoff studied Archaeology of the Middle Ages and the Modern Period and Mediaeval History and Ecclesiastical History at the universities of Bamberg and Freiburg. He earned his doctorate at the University of Freiburg in 1992 with the thesis: ›Das Damenstift Herford. Die archäologischen Ergebnisse zur Geschichte der Profan- und Sakralbauten seit dem späten 8. Jahrhundert‹. In the same year he became director of the Imperial Palace Museum in Paderborn. Since 2003 Matthias Wemhoff has been founding director at the LWL-State Museum of Monastery Culture in Dalheim, and since 2008 director of the Museum for Pre- and Early History in Berlin and state archeologist in Berlin. He is honorary professor at the Institute for Prehistoric Archaeology at the Free University (FU) Berlin.

His research is focused on the Archaeology of the High and Late Middle Ages and Modern Period, Ecclesiastical History and Monastery Culture as well as on East-Prussian Archeology, including a modern access to and international investigation of this territory.


Project Team Members

Dr. Heidemarie Eilbracht

As a research assistant Heidemarie Eilbracht is responsible for ›Archive Items and Finds‹ (Module 1), especially for the digitalization of source material on East-Prussian archeology and gathering and storing of information on these items in the project’s database.

Heidemarie Eilbracht studied Pre-and Early History, Mediaeval History and Classical Archaeology at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Münster. In 1994 she completed her doctorial thesis entitled: ›Filigran- und Granulationskunst im wikingischen Norden. Untersuchungen zum Transfer frühmittelalterlicher Gold- und Silberschmiedetechniken zwischen dem Kontinent und Nordeuropa‹. From 1994 to 2000 she has been working in archeological monument conservation in the states of Saxony and Brandenburg. As a research associate she has been involved in projects at Humboldt University (HU) Berlin and Free University (FU) Berlin from 2001 to 2011. Since 2012 she has been working in the project ›Continuity of Research and Research of Continuity‹ located at the archive of the Museum for Pre- and Early History.

Heidemarie Eilbracht‘s research interests are the history of science and the development of trade and technologies in Early Christian times.


Dr. Timo Ibsen

The scientific assistant Timo Ibsen is in charge of ›Settlement Archaeology‹ (Module 3) and deals with issues of settlement development in the Pre- and Post-Christian Iron Age, with special emphasis on 450 hillforts in the former East-Prussian area. These sites are investigated by means of drilling using a newly developed combination of methods, and dated and interpreted on the basis of the archeological findscape.

Timo Ibsen studied Pre- and Early History, Classical Archaeology and Soil Sciences at the universities of Bonn and Kiel. From 2003 onwards he has been heading excavations in the territory of former East Prussia at sites as for example Groß Ottenhagen/Berëzovka and Wiskiauten/Mokhovoe, today Kaliningrad region. Since 2005 he has been involved in research projects at the Archaeological State Museum in Schleswig, and since 2008 he has been working at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology. He completed his doctorate on the Early Mediaeval Site Wiskiauten entitled: ›‘Etwa hier die Siedlung‘ – Der frühmittelalterliche Fundplatz Wiskiauten/Mohovoe im Kaliningrader Gebiet im Lichte alter Dokumente und neuer Forschungen‹. Since 2012 Timo Ibsen has been working for the project ›Continuity of Research and Research of Continuity‹ at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology.

His research is focused on the archeology of the first millennium A.D. in the Baltic Sea region, especially the Kaliningrad region in Russia.


Sebastian Kriesch

Sebastian Kriesch is the project’s system administrator and takes charge of the database. He was involved in its development and is responsible for data migration and editorial work. Moreover, he is the contact person for external users of the database and, in addition, manages the website of the project.

Sebastian Kriesch studied Prehistoric Archaeology and Ancient American Studies at the FU Berlin and Århus University and wrote his master’s thesis on the topic: ›Die Nienburger Gruppe. Studien zur geographischen Abgrenzung und typologischen Klassifikation‹ (FU Berlin, 2009). In the course of his PhD studies dealing with ›Das eisenzeitliche Gräberfeld Leese, Ldkr. Nienburg (Weser)‹ he worked as a scientific assistant at the Institute of Pre- and Early History at the University of Göttingen. Sebastian Kriesch has been working in the project since 2015 as a technical assistant (IT) at the Museum for Pre- and Early History in Berlin.

The research of Sebastian Kriesch is focused on the Pre-Roman Iron Age in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe, as well as computer-aided archaeology, databases and digitalisation strategies in museum settings.


Dr. Dr. Jaroslaw A. Prassolow

The scientific associate Jaroslaw A. Prassolow is responsible for the ›Geographic Information System (GIS)‹ (Module 2). The main focus of his work is on the verification and validation of data generated from pre-war archive material and publications concerning archaeological monuments up to the year 1945. Another emphasis is on the development of a GIS-assisted model for archaeological settlement research in the area of investigation.

From 2002 to 2006 Jaroslaw A. Prassolow studied Pre- and Early History and Scandinavian Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin and attained a doctorate with the topic: ›Dolchmesser aus dem Kaliningrader Gebiet (Russland). Typologisch-chronologische Studie zu völkerwanderungszeitlichen Dolchmessern‹ (2011). He has been working at the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology in Schleswig since 2009, and since 2012 for the project ›Continuity of Research and Research of Continuity‹.

Jaroslaw A. Prassolow’s field of research is the archaeology of the Post-Christian Iron Age in Northern Europe with special emphasis on the archaeology of primarily Baltic-populated settlements in the Baltic Sea region.