Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann

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Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann

Since several years I am teaching archaeological courses at the following universities:

For all courses: Responsible for content and course design, including the topics for the student presentations and term papers as well as the course bibliography; responsible for teaching, for supervising and evaluating the presentations given by the students, and for the marking of term papers.


Teaching at Freie Universität Berlin

Study Programs:

  • B.A. Altertumswissenschaften, Schwerpunkt Prähistorische Archäologie
  • M.A. Prähistorische Archäologie

Archaeology in documentary films

Topics: Introduction into documentary films | Storytelling and narrativs - discussion of the documentary film „Tatort Eulau“ | introduction into film critics | „docusoaps “ | documentaries of experimental archaeology | design of a questionaire (to be used at the Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) | public outreach and tourism | selected presentations of reviews

Seminar, two hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: oral presentation; taught in Summer Term 2019

Digital storytelling as public outreach for archaeology

Topics: Introduction into Twine and non-linear storys | educational games | audiences | diction and „images in the head“ | perception of time | perspectives | stereotypes | narratives

Seminar with practice, three hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: oral presentation of a Twine-project the students designed and programed during the term; taught in Summer Term 2019

More than treasure and adventure: communicating with the public in ancient studies

Topics: Introduction | press office and press relations | films in archaeology | What’s a topic? Simulation of an editorial meeting | radio | popular science magazines | podcasts | How to communicate with journalists | social media | pictures and images | museums and exhibitions | computer games

Seminar with practice, three hours per week, for B.A. and M.A. students - exam: writing an article for a popular science magazin; taught in Summer Term 2019 together with Nina Diezemann, press relations of Freie Universität Berlin, and Hauke Ziemssen, Excellence Cluster Topoi

Visual representations of the past = images of the past? Critical reflections on reconstructions in archaeology

Topics of the lecture: Introduction | the meaning of color | images of houses and settlements | living in Hallstatt | images of violence? | images in museums as long-living images? | static pictures - moving pictures | political dimensions of reconstructions and images | archaeology, images and conspiracy theories | TV-documentaries: The example of „legends of the lost (1/01)“| virual reality: The example of Ullastret, Spain Topics of the seminar: Introduction | political dimensions of reconstructions and images | images in school textbooks | images in non-fictional Books for Young Readers | images in popular science books | images in popular science magazines | two-dimensional images in museums | three-dimensional images in museums | TV-documentaries | Living history and reenactment | role-play | computer games | virual reality

Lecture, one hour per week, and seminar, two hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: written thesis; taught in Winter Term 2018/2019

Food and drink in prehistoric times

Colloquium, three hours per week, and full-day conference simulation, organized and conducted by participants at 18.02.2019, for M.A. students. - exam: giving a paper at the conference simulation and writing a popular article; the articles were published in a journal and were given to the visitors at the conference simulation; taught in Winter Term 2018/2019

Archaeology as source of social history in Early Medieval times

Topics: Sources and methods | cemeteries | settlements | early medieval elites | religion | foreigners |diseases and crisis | women | men | elder | children | current research

Lecture, one hour per week, for B.A. students - no exam; taught in Summer Term 2018

Introduction into ancient studies

Topics: Graves and burials in prehistoric times | physical anthropology | prehistoric settlements | archaeology of economics | social archaeology | culture and change

Lecture, approx. one hour per week (part of a lecture given by all archaeologies and subjects of ancient studies at Freie Universität Berlin) for B.A. first-year students - exam: written examination; taught in Summer Term 2018

Pre- and early historical periods III: Pre-Roman Iron Age

Topics: From urnfield culture to early Iron Age | chronology of Hallstattzeit | the site of Hallstatt | settlements in the early Iron Age | „Fürstensitze“ and „Fürstengräber“ | Westhallstattkreis – Osthallstattkreis | chronology of La Téne-Zeit | the site of La Téne | settlements in the late Iron Age | Viereckschanzen | La Tène graves | art of the Iron Age | chronology and graves of Jastorf-culture | the site of Jastorf | the Billendorf culture | pre-Roman Iron Age in the North | the Fritzens-Sanzeno-culture | Brandopferplätze in the alps | the baltic cultures of the pre-Roman Iron Age

Lecture, two hours a week, for B.A. students - exam: written examination; taught in Winter Term 2017/2018

„Clothes make the man…“ - clothing and reconstructions of clothes in prehistoric times

Colloquium, three hours per week, and full-day conference simulation, organized and conducted by participants at 05.02.2018, for M.A. students. - exam: giving a paper at the conference simulation and writing a popular article; the articles were published in a journal and were given to the visitors at the conference simulation; taught in Winter Term 2017/2018

Archaeology of the north atlantic region

Topics of the lecture: Introduction, landscape/seascape and chronology | The coastline of Norway from Ice Age to Iron Age | The coastline of Norway during Vikign Age | Christianisation of Scandinavia | Orkney & Shetland: From Neolithic to Viking Age | Faroe Islands during Viking Age and Medieval times | Iceland during Viking Age and Medieval times | The Norse settlement of Greenland | Vikings at Newfoundland | Archaeology at Svalbard Topics of the seminar: Images and written sources | central places | settlement and crafts | trade and exchange | ships and seafaring | world of the dead | archaeology of the law

Lecture, two hours per week, and seminar, two hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: oral presentation and written thesis; taught in Summer Term 2017

Seminar to the practical training module: Issues of the working world

Topics: What is the working world looking like for archaeologists | power and hierarchies | gender and diversity | cultural heritage and academic research: area of conflict? | communicating archaeology to the public | publish and review

Seminar, two hours per week, for M.A. students - exam: written thesis; taught in Summer Terms 2017 & 2018

Basics and methods of prehistoric archaeology

Topics: How to work scientifically | prospection | archaeological excavation and heritage laws | dating and chonology | maps and GIS | archaeological experiments | prehistoric archaeology and related disciplines: The examples of Schöninger Speere, Neandertaler, Ötzi, Sky Disc of Nebra, “Keltenfürstöf Hochdorf, prehistoric mining and cemetery of Hallstatt, battle of Harzhorn, settlement Feddersen-Wierde, grave of Childerich | introduction into archaeological theory | the history of prehistoric archaeology | job prospects in archaeology | archaeology and media

Lecture, one hour per week, and seminar, one hour per week, in close combination, for first year B.A. students - exam: written exam; taught in Winter Term 2016/2017

Medicine and health care in prehistoric times

Colloquium, three hours per week, and full-day conference simulation, organized and conducted by participants at 01.02.2017, for M.A. students. - exam: giving a paper at the conference simulation and writing a popular article; the articles were published in a journal and were given to the visitors at the conference simulation; taught in Winter Term 2016/2017

Sources and methods for research on early christianity between Rhine and Danube

Topics: Early christianity in the Roman provinces at Rhine and Danube | christian identity – roman continuity | archaeological sources | St. Severin and his time | from Childerich to Clodwig – christianisation of the Franks | arianism | church architecture | early christianity in the alps | Aquileia and Salzburg | proselytization

Lecture, one hour per week, for B.A. students - no exam; taught in Winter Term 2016/2017

Pre- and early historical periods IV: the first millenium AD

Topics: Sources, classifications and chonology | written text and archaeological record | From Augstus to the Marcomannic Wars | From the Marcomannic Wars to the invasion of the Huns | From the invasion of the Huns to the langobardic conquest of Italy | merowingian and carolingian times north of the alps | migration and mobility during the first millenium AD | mounted nomads in the first millenium: Huns - Avars - Magyars | archaeology of the Slavs | Scandinavia during the first millenium AD| animal art in the first millenium AD | social groups in the first millenium AD

Lecture, 2 hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: written examination; taught in Summer Term 2016 & 2018

Burial customs and social structure as seen in merowingian graves and cemeteries

Topics: How to analyze a cemetery | beginning and end of the so-called Reihengräberhorizont | re-opened graves | early churches and christianisation | social structure of merowinigian times | what physical anthropology can tell | age and gender | womens graves | mens graves | childrens graves | the elderly at merovingian times | special graves

Lecture, one hour per week, and seminar, one hour per week, in close combination, for B.A. students - exam: written exam; taught in Summer Term 2016


Teaching at University of Bonn

Study Programs:.

  • B.A. Archäologien (major, minor)
  • M.A. Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie und Archäologie der Römischen Provinzen
  • M.A. Frühgeschichtliche Archäologien Europas

Basics and current research in archaeology of the first millenium AD

Topics: Europe during the first millenium AD: Geography, landscape, historical and political context| archaeological sources and chronology | From Augstus to the Marcomannic Wars | From the Marcomannic Wars to the invasion of the Huns | From the invasion of the Huns to the langobardic conquest of Italy | merowingian and carolingian times north of the alps | from first trading places in the North to the normannic conquest of England | Britain after the Romans | Avars and Slavs | trade and exchange | animal art in the first millenium AD | social groups in the first millenium AD | identities | people and environment

Lecture, two hours per week, taught with Dr. Ernst Pohl, for B.A. students - exam: written thesis; taught in Winter Term 2013/2014 & 2014/2015 & 2015/2016

The Baltic region

Topics: Marija Gimbutas: The Balts | Iron Age in the Baltic region | cemtery Marvele | archaeology of western Lithuania | settlements of Szwajcaria-Osinki | cemetery Oberhof | Grobin as Varangian base | the Baltic region in the Viking Age | hanseatic towns | Livonian Brothers of the Sword | Danish crusades and conquests in eastern Baltic | Inflanten | Herder-institute in Riga | the Baltic from Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact to 1990-1991

Seminar, two hours per week, and two-weeks Excursion, taught with Prof. Dr. Michael Schmauder and Dr. Ernst Pohl, for B.A. and M.A. students - exam: oral exam; taught in Winter Term 2013/2014 & Summer Term 2014 (Excursion)

Cemetery analyses

Topics: cemeteries as archaeological source | chronology and dating methods | intentional and functional data | archaeology and physical anthropology, sex and gender | induction and deduction; hermeneutics | grave architecture | grave equipment and grave goods | where are grave goods placed? | re-opened graves | development of early medieval cemeteries | interpretation of analyses and maps | example of cemetery Aschheim-Bajuwarenring | example of cemetery Straubing-Bajuwarenstraße

Seminar with practical elements, two hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: oral presentation; taught in Summer Term 2013 & Winter Term 2014/2015

Introduction into pre- and early historical archaeology II: analyses, models, interpretations

Topics: History of pre- and early historical archaeology | theories in pre- and early historical archaeology | analyzes of grave finds | elite graves | clothing and reconstructions of clothes | social structure of prehistoric societies | burial rituals | settlement sites | single finds | hoard finds | square enclosures: Viereckschanzen | symbolic objects | mapping as method | the term ärchaeological culture ethnic interpretation | exchange | migration | crafts | landscape and environmental archaeology

Seminar, two hours per week, for first-year B.A. students - exam: written exam; taught in Summer Term 2013

Bronze Age in Southern Germany

Topics: chronology | metallurgy | hoards | environment, agriculture and livestock farming | settlement, trade and society | burial ritual and religion | early bronze age cemeteries and cultures | early bronze age settlements at lakes | hilltop settlements | examples of archaeological finds | middle bronze age grave mounds | bronze age graves with chariots | graves and settlements of urnfield culture

Seminar, two hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: written thesis; taught in Winter Term 2012/2013

Databases in archaeology

Topics: Introduction into databases | research history | databases in archaeology: examples | concept, design, and programing of databases | drafting of databases with ER-diagrams | using Microsoft Access or Open Office Base for archaeological databases | data input: forms and input assistance | quantitative and qualitative data | queries | SQL | using of data: the example of seriation | example WinBASP

Seminar with practical elements, two hours per week, for B.A. students - exam: written exam; taught in Summer Terms 2008 and 2012

Burial places at the periphery of the carolingian empire

Topics: The Nordkreis after Frauke Stein | the Südkreis after Frauke Stein | carolingian cemeteries in Lower Saxony | Liebenau | the cemetery of Dunum | the cemeteries of Zetel, Ketzendorf, Maschen and Oldendorf | the graves of Haithabu | burial rites in Denmark from 8th until 11th century | the cemetery of Ralswiek | carolingian cemteries in northern Bavaria | the cemetery of Wimm, Austria | the cemeteries of Garabonc I-II and Zalaszabar-Dezsősziget | the cemeteries of Pókaszepetk | carolingian graves in Croatia | the cemetery of Nové Zámky | the graves of Mikulčice | cemeteries from the 6th to the 9th century at the lower Danube

Seminar, two hours per week, for third-year B.A. students and M.A. students - exam: written thesis; taught with Prof. Dr. Jan Bemmann in Winter Term 2009/2010

Introduction into pre- and early historical archaeology I: Sources, methods, evidence

Topics: What is pre- and early historical archaeology? | sources, finds and features | the three-age system | typology | relative chronology | absolute chronology | archaeology and related disciplines | technology

Seminar, two hours per week, for first-year B.A. students - exam: written exam; taught in Winter Term 2009/2010


Teaching at Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg

Introduction into pre- and early historical archaeology: Material culture as source of European History

Topics: Introduction: What is archaeology? | prospection | archaeological excavation | dating and chronology | archaeology and related disciplines | stone ages | metal ages | from Roman to medieval times | One-day excursion: Archaeological Museum Hamburg | One-day excursion: Archäologischer Wanderpfad Fischbeker Heide

Seminar, four hours per week, for B.A. and M.A. students of non-archaeological study programs - exam: oral presentation and written thesis; taught regularily since autumn trimester 2012


Teaching at Leuphana University Lüneburg

Diseases and health care in roman period, late antiquity and early middle ages

Topics: Introduction | medicine in Roman texts: Celsus and his oeuvre | medical doctors and patients in Rom | medical specialists | medical doctors and their houses in Pompeji | Roman baths | health care in Roman provinces | medical care in Roman army | women and medicine | medicine and health care outside of the Limes | diseases of the early middle ages as seen in cemeteries | protheses, medical aids and pharmaceutics in every-day live | the Justinianic plague

Seminar, two hours per week, for B.A. and M.A. students of non-archaeological study programs - exam: written thesis; taught in Winter Term 2011/2012 and Summer Term 2018

visual representations of the past = images of the past? A critical review especially with focus on gender and diversity

Seminar, two hours per week, for B.A. and M.A. students of non-archaeological study programs - exam: written thesis; Winter Term 2017/2018 and Summer Term 2019

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