Jun.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Schmidt

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Schmidt

Universitätsstr. 13-17
48143 Münster

T: +49 251 8325210

Consultation Hours

Termin nach Vereinbarung (e-mail)

Academic Profiles

  • Research Areas

    • Archaeology of the Late Bronze and Iron Ages of the Southern Levant and Mesopotamia
    • Iconography and visual culture of the Southern Levant and Northern Syria
    • Technology, crafts and raw materials with a special focus on glass
    • Archaeometry (special focus: glass)
  • CV


    Doctoral studies as research assistant at the Graduate School "Distant Worlds" at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich and visiting researcher for one term at the University College London
    Doctorate (Dr. Phil.) at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, title of dissertation "Production, Distribution and Significance of Glass in Iron Age Mesopotamia. An Archaeological – Philological – Archaeometrical Approach"
    Magister Artium in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich with the thesis: „Glasierte Gefäße in Obermesopotamien unter besonderer Berücksichtigung neuassyrischer Beispiele“
    Studies in Near Eastern Archaeology (major), Near Eastern Languages and Prehistoric Archaeology (minors) at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and the Université Paris1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Paris


    Professor for Biblical Archaeology/ Archaeology of the Southern Levant at the University of Münster
    Director of the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem
    Habilitation: Ammonite Sculpture
    Excavation director of the excavations at Tall Zar‛a, Jordan, by the GPIA Amman, funded by the German Archaeological Institute.
    Administration of the DOJAM project "Documentation of Objects in Jordanian Archaeological Museums"
    Cultural Heritage Project "Livelihood Support through Cultural Heritage Development. Creating decent jobs through employment-intensive cultural heritage conservation methods in the northern districts of Jordan and Iraq" in cooperation with UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), supported by the EU MADAD Fund: Management of the Gadara/ Tall Zarʿa component.
    Director of the German Protestant Institute for Archaeology of the Holy Land (DEIAHL) in Amman
    Seminars at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Vorderasiatische Archäologie)
    Organisation and coordination of the special exhibition "Tall Zirā‛a - Mirror of Jordan's History" at the Jordan National Museum, Amman, funded by the Federal Foreign Office, Regula Pestalozzi Foundation
    Excavation project "Eastern Badia Archaeological Project", Jordan, with a focus on the Late Neolithic period: trench supervisor (Directors: Prof. Y. M. Rowan, Oriental Institute Chicago, Prof. G. Rollefson, Whitman College)
    Research assistant at the Graduate School "Distant Worlds" at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich (PhD)
    Excavation project Dülük Baba Tepesi (Doliche) of the Asia Minor Forschungsstelle in Münster: Specialist for Iron Age pottery (Director: Prof. E. Winter)
    Excavation project Tell Halaf, Syria: from 2009, area supervisor in the area of the Neo-Assyrian north-eastern palace (Directors: Dr. L. Martin, Prof. M. Novák)
    Excavation project Sirkeli Höyük, Turkey: field supervisor (Director: Prof. M. Novák)

    External Functions

    Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies (JEMAHS) (Editorial board, Member)
    German Society for the Exploration of Palestine (DPV) (Member of the Board, International Relations)
    Freundeskreis der Asia Minor Forschungsstelle (Mitglied)
    Deutscher Archäologen- Verband e.V. (dArV) (Mitglied)
    Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft (DOG) (Member)
  • Publications


    Books (Monographs)
    • Schmidt, K. . Glass and Glass Production in the Near East during the Iron Age. Evidence from objects, texts and chemical analysis. 1st Ed. Oxford: Archaeopress.
    Edited Collections
    Books (Edited Collections)
    Exhibition Catalogues (Edited Collections)
    • Schmidt, K.; Häser, J. (Eds.): . Mirror of Jordan´s History. Ausstellungskatalog zur Sonderausstellung im Jordan Museum am 1. Juli 2019. 1st Ed. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus.


    Articles in Scientific Journals, Newspapers or Magazines
    Research Articles (Journals)
    • al Khasawneh, S., Schmidt, K., Murray, A. . ‘Luminescence dating of anthropogenic deposits from Tall Zarʿa in the Jordan Valley.’ Archaeometry 65, No. 5: 972–986. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12871.
    • Schmidt, K. . ‘The “House with the Loom” – an Iron Age II domestic complex on Tall Zar‛a: Preliminary report of seasons 2018 and 2019.’ Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 60: 549–558.
    • Rollefson, Gary; Schmidt, Katharina; Schick, Robert. . ‘One Hundred Years of Archaeological Research in Jordan.’ Jordan Journal for History and Archaeology 16, No. 3: 255–304. doi: 10.54134/jjha.v16i3.662.
    • Schmidt, Katharina; Gries, Helen. . ‘The Core-formed Glass Vessels from Middle Assyrian Aššur.’ Zeitschrift fur Assyriologie und Vorderasiastische Archaeologie 110, No. 2: 242–275.
    • Kemp, V.; Schmidt, K.; Brownscombe, W.; Soennecken, K.; Vieweger, D.; Häser, J.; Shortland, A. . ‘The dating and provenance of glass artefacts excavated from the ancient city of Tall Zirā‛a, Jordan.’ Archaeometry 62, No. 6: 1164–1181.
    • Dussubieux, L.; Schmidt, K; Rowan, Y. M.; Wasse, A. M. R.; Rollefson, G. O. . ‘Two Glass Beads from Wisad Pools in the Jordanian Black Desert.’ Journal of Glass Studies 60: 303–306.
    Review Articles (Journals)
    • K. Schmidt. . ‘ Hard Power: The Stone Statues of Ammon.’ Biblical Archaeology Review 49, No. 4: 48–53.
    Non-Scientific Contributions (Journals)
    • Schmidt, K. . „Die Bildwerke des Königreichs Ammon. Ein neues Projekt zu eisenzeitlichen Steinstatuen in Jordanien.“ Antike Welt - Zeitschrift für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte 2, No. 22: 16–21.
    • Schmidt, Katharina; Bienkowski, Piotr. . „Das Königreich Edom aus der Luft. Untersuchungen von Straßennetzen im Hochland Südjordaniens.“ Antike Welt - Zeitschrift für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte 22, No. 2: 28–32.
    Research Article (Book Contributions)
    • Schmidt, K. . ‘An Ammonite god in the British Museum.’ In ‘To Aleppo gone …’: Essays in honour of Jonathan N. Tubb, edited by Irving Finkel, J.A. Fraser, St John Simpson, 67–69. Oxford: Archaeopress. doi: 10.32028/9781803274706.
    • Schmidt, K. . ‘Der Schreckensglanz Aššurs“ – Überlegungen zum Ende der Eisenzeit II B am Tall Zarʿa in Nordjordanien.’ In Durch die Zeiten – Through the ages. Festschrift für Dieter Vieweger. Essays in honor of Dieter Vieweger, edited by Soenecken, K.; Leiverkus, P.; Zimni, J.; Schmidt, K., 185–202. Norderstedt: Gütersloher Verlagshaus.
    • Schmidt, K. . ‘History of research on the Iron Age of the Amman Citadel جبل القلعة‎ (Jabal Al-Qal´a).’ In Excavations, Surveys, Heritage. Essays on southwest Asian archaeology. In honour of Zeidan Kafafi, 249–271., edited by S. Kerner/ H. Hayajneh/ O. al-Ghul, 249–271. Münster: Zaphon Verlag.
    • Schmidt, K. . ‘New sensory experiences through technological innovation: Transparent drinking bowls in the Neo-Assyrian banquet.’ In The Routledge Handbook of the Senses in the Ancient Near East, edited by Neumann, Kiersten; Thomason, Allison, 62–76. New Yorke: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780429280207.
    • Schmidt, Katharina; Gries, Helen. . ‘Die kerngeformten Glasgefäße aus Gräbern in Assur.’ In Zwischen Feldforschung und Ausstellung. Festschrift für Lutz Martin, edited by Cholidis, Nadia; Katzy, Elisabeth; Kulemann-Ossen, Sabina, 335–349. Münster: Zaphon Verlag.
    • Schmidt, K.; Sallaberger, W. . ‘Insignien des Königs oder Insignien des Gottes? Ein neuer Blick auf die kultische Königskrönung beim babylonischen Neujahrsfest.’ In Stories of Long Ago. Festschrift für Michael D. Roaf, edited by Baker, H.; Kaniut, K.; Otto, A., 567–594. Münster: Ugarit Verlag.