Dr. Kerstin Kowarik

Kowarik Adjunct Faculty in Cultural Anthropology







Courses Taught at WVPU

Human Origins

Background and Facts

Kerstin Kowarik is a prehistoric archaeologist specializing in human-environment relations and prehistoric economies. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Natural History Museum Vienna, she conducts research on human land use, human impact and socioeconomic history in the Alpine area. In 2017 she founded the interdisciplinary Facealps-Project (https://facealps.com/), in which she researches human-environment relations within a long term perspective and spends much of her time in the field. Alongside human-environment issues, she also investigates the representation of gender in exhibitions on deep human history.

Dr. Kowarik studied prehistoric archaeology at the universities of Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna, from which she received her PhD in 2016 with a dissertation on the provisioning structures of the prehistoric Hallstatt salt mines. Her recent teaching at the University of Vienna has covered the theories and methods of archaeology, as well as neolithic lakeside settlements. 

Recent publications

  • Hammer, S. E., Tautscher, B., Pucher, E., Kowarik, K., Reschreiter, H., Kern, A., Haring, E. Bronze Age meat industry: Ancient mitochondrial DNA analyses of pig bones from the prehistoric salt mines of Hallstatt (Austria). BMC Research Notes 2018, 11:243, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3340-7
  • Kowarik, K., Reschreiter, H., Wurzer, G. (2017): SALZ - BERGBAU - WIRTSCHAFT: Diskussion wirtschaftsarchäologischer Askpekte am Beispiel der prähistorischen Salzbergwerke von Hallstatt. In: Eisenach, P., Stöllner, T., Windler, A. (eds), The RITaK Conferences 2013-2014. RITaK1. Anschnitt, Beiheft 34 (Veröffentlichungen aus dem Deutschen Bergbau-Museum Bochum, Nr. 219). Rahden/Westf.: Marie Leidorf, pp 173- 181. Publisher Website: http://www.vml.de/e/detail.php?ISBN=978-3-86757-026-8&hl=ritak ISBN-13: 978-3-86757-026-8, ISBN-10: 3-86757-026-4
  • Kowarik, K., Leskovar, J. (2015): Women without History? History without women?: Studies on the representation of prehistoric gender roles in Austrian exhibitions. Les Nouvelles de L'archéologie, 140, pp 51-55. DOI : 10.4000/nda.3029
  • Kowarik, K., Reschreiter, H., Wurzer, G. (2015): Mining with Agents: Modelling Prehistoric Mining and Prehistoric Economy. In: Wurzer, G., Kowarik, K.; Reschreiter, H. (eds.), Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archaeology, pp 141-159. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00008-4_7
  • Wurzer, G.; Kowarik, K.; Reschreiter, H. (eds.), Agent-based Modeling and Simulation in Archaeology. Springer, 2015. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-00008-4