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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Richter
Bernhard-Feilchenfeld-Str. 11
50969 Cologne

Room 6.312 (6th floor)

Phone: +49 221 470 6761

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ORCID-ID: 0000-0003-2793-7867

My research interests have always focused on the archeology of hunter-gatherer populations. During my research in Central Namibia, I concentrated on the temporal and cultural context of rock art, particularly rock paintings, which I was able to date between 4000 and 2000 y.a., during my PhD studies. My subsequent research was devoted to the Middle Paleolithic, particularly the so-called Micoquian (which must in fact be understood as a Mousterian with a Micoquian option: M.M.O.). This technological complex was subsequently demonstrated to be dependent on annual cycles and is associated with the latest cultural remnants of Neanderthal humans in Europe. Afterwards, I worked jointly with Thorsten Uthmeier and Victor Chabai, focussing on the same time range in Crimea, which is particularly rich in Middle Paleolithic sites. Having obtained my current position at Cologne University, I co-initiated the Collaborative Research Centre 806 “Our Way to Europe“, tracking the pathways of Early Modern Humans from Africa to Europe.  My Cologne Research Team is generally conducting research on the Paleolithic of Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Our research includes one long-term excavation project in particular: a Magdalénian open-air site frequented by reindeer and horse hunters, at Bad Kösen-Lengefeld in the Saale Valley.


Consultation hours

Digital consultation hours by arrangement

Current Projects

  • Magdalénien-Open air site Bad Kösen-Lengefeld, Saxony-Anhalt
  • The Early Ahmarian Site of Al-Ansab 1, Jordan
  • The middle paleolithic open-air site of Coesfeld, Northrhine-Westphalia

Research Interests

  • Old World Stone Age Archaeology
  • Palaeolithic (Europe)
  • Middle and Late Stone Age (Africa)
  • Neolithic (Rhineland and North Africa)
  • Lithic Technology
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Palaeodemography
  • Quaternary Stratigraphy
  • Rock Art