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Arbeitsgruppe Geoarchäologie und Quartärforschung

Meister, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia

Professor for geomorphology (substitute) at the
Chair of Geomorphology

Tel.: +49 931 31-81632
Fax: +49 931 31-85544
E-Mail: julia.meister@uni-wuerzburg.de

Institute of Geography and Geology
Am Hubland
97074 Wuerzburg

Campus Hubland South
Geography Building
Room 321a

upon request

  • Geoarchaeology, human-environment interactions
  • (Pre)Historical water management and land use strategies
  • Palaeoenvironmental research
  • Geomorphology
  • Phytoliths
  • mediterranean region, northern africa, asia, south america, central europe

Joint project: Regional paths to climate-neutral universities

Program leader Prof. Dr. Anja Schlömerkemper (JMU)
Vice President on issues of equal opportunities, career planning and sustainability
sub project AP 5: Sink potential forest
third-party funding BMBF
funding for projects on the topic: Transformation paths for sustainable universities
duration 10/2022 - 09/2025
project leadership
project description PDF
project staff Julian Krause, M.Sc. (as of 2023)

Holocene landscape evolution in the environs of the ancient Egyptian city of Bubastis (’Tell Basta’), southeastern Nile Delta

funding German Research Society (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - DFG; ME 5450/2-1)
duration 08/2022 - 07/2025
project leader Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
project staff  Philipp Garbe, M.Sc.
project partner
  • PD Dr. Eva Lange-Athinodorou (Egyptology, JMU Würzburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Amr Abd El-Raouf (Geophysics, Zagazig University)
  • PD Dr. Tobias Ullmann (Physical Geography, JMU Würzburg)
  • Dr. Ashraf Es-Senussi (Egyptology, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities of Egypt)

Studying Uplift driven Diversification of the Himalayas during the Late Quaternary using Multi-proxy Data (SUD-HUMD)

funding Humboldt Foundation; Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers
duration 08/2022 - 07/2024
project leader Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
project staff  Dr. Showkat Mir
project partner
  • Prof. Dr. Reyaz Ahmad Dar (Department of Earth Sciences, University of Kashmir)
  • Prof. Dr. Irfan Rashid (Department of Botany, University of Kashmir)

Groundcheck Peru: Paleoecological and Archaeological Investigations for the analysis of Socio-Cultural Strategies in the Andean Highlands

funding Deutsches Archäologisches Institut; Groundcheck Kulturerbe und Klimawandel
duration 01/2021 - 12/2023
project leader
  • Prof. Dr. Markus Reindel (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Kommission für Archäologie Außereuropäischer Kulturen, Bonn)
  • Dr. Karsten Schittek (Institut für Geographiedidaktik, Universität Köln)
  • Dr. Christian Mader (Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Universität Bonn)
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
project partner Dr. Bertil Mächtle (Geographisches Institut, Universität Heidelberg)
project description https://www.dainst.blog/groundcheck/dai-kaak-groundcheck-peru/

Spätholozäne Umweltentwicklung im Großraum Athen

funding Deutsches Archäologisches Institut; Groundcheck Kulturerbe und Klimawandel
duration 01/2020 - 12/2021
project leader

since 10/2022
Substitute of the Chair of Geomorphology, Institute of Geography and Geology of the University of Würzburg

since 08/2018
Junior professor for Geoarchaeology and Quaternary Research at the Chair of Geomorphology, University of Würzburg (on leave since 10/2022)

01/2018 – 06/2018
Travel Scholar of the German Archaeological Institute 

Doctorate at Freie Universität Berlin; Thesis: „Human-Environmental Interactions in Northeastern Jordan"

01/2014 – 06/2018
Research Assistant at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Geographical Sciences, Physical Geography (Working Group Prof. Dr. B. Schütt)

01/2012 – 12/2013
Research Assistant at the German Archaeological Institute (Badia Project, Orient Department)

10/2009 – 12/2011
Master's programme "Physical Geography" (focus: Terrestrial Systems) at Freie Universität Berlin; Master's thesis: „The Characterization of Tank Sediments from Two Small Tank Cascade Systems in the vicinity of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka“

10/2006 – 09/2009
Bachelor's programme „Geographical Sciences“ at Freie Universität Berlin; Bachelor thesis: „Geoarchäologische Untersuchung zur Rekonstruktion des Großen Hafir der meroitischen Stadt Naga, Zentralsudan“

born in Erfurt

Garbe, P.; Lange-Athinodorou, E.; Meister, J.: Die Bedeutung der Geoarchäologie zur Erforschung von Mensch-Umwelt-Beziehungen im altägyptischen Nildelta. Geographische Rundschau, 2022.

Kirchner, A.; Herrmann, N.; Matras, P.; Müller, I; Meister, J. (in print): Geoarchäologische Pilotuntersuchungen im Umfeld des Municipium Flavium Muniguense. Madrider Beiträge, Wiesbaden, Reichert Verlag, 2020

Ullmann, T.; Möller, E.; Baumhauer, B.; Lange-Athinodorou, E.; Meister, J. (2022): A new Google Earth Engine tool for spaceborne detection of buried palaeogeographical features – examples from the Nile Delta (Egypt). E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 71, 243–247, https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-71-243-2022

Hermann, N.; Stadtmann, R.; Meister, J.; Kirchner, A. (2022): Importance of substrate genesis for Mediterranean soil evolution – An example from a limestone hillslope in the Estremadura (W-Portugal). Catena, 218, 106566, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2022.106566

Kirchner, A.; Hermann, H.; Madras, P.; Müller, I.; Meister, J.; Schattner, T. (2022): A pedo-geomorphological view on land use and its potential in the surroundings of the ancient Hispano-Roman city Munigua (Seville, SW-Spain). E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 71, 123–143, https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-71-123-2022

Dietrich, L., Dietrich, O., Meister, J. (2022): Hermetic Cereal Storage in the Bronze Age: Evidence from the Gáva Culture Settlement at Rotbav, Transylvania. Documenta Praehistorica, 49, 2–10, https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.49.1

Heckmann, T.; Meister, J.; Dietze, E.; Krautblatter, M. (2022): Special Issue Editorial: German Society for Geomorphology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 47(7), 1686–1697, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5392

Trappe, J.; Büdel, C.; Meister, J.; Baumhauer, R. (2022): Combining geophysical and geomorphological data to reconstruct the development of the relief of a medieval castle site in the Spessart low mountain range, Germany. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 47(1), 228–241, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5242  

El-Raouf, A.; Iqbal, I.; Meister, J.; Abdelrahman, K.; Alzahrani, H.; Badran, O.M. (2021): Earthflow reactivation assessment by multichannel analysis of surface waves and electrical resistivity tomography: a case study. Open Geosciences, 13, 1328–1344, https://doi.org/10.1515/geo-2020-0310

Meister, J.; Garbe, P.; Trappe, J.; Ullmann, T.; Es-Senussi; A.; Baumhauer, R.; Lange-Athinodorou, E.; El-Raouf, A. (2021): The sacred waterscape of the Temple of Bastet at ancient Bubastis, Nile Delta (Egypt). Geosciences, 11, 385, https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences11090385

Meister, J.; Lange-Athinodorou, E.; Ullmann, T. (2021): Preface: Special issue “Geoarchaeology of the Nile Delta”.- In: E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 70(2), 187–190, https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-70-187-2021

Scherer, S.; Höpfer, B.; Deckers, K.; Fischer, E.; Fuchs, M.; Kandeler, E.; Lechterbeck, E.; Lehndorff, E.; Lomax, J.; Marhan, S.; Marinova, E.; Meister, J.; Poll, C.; Rahimova, H.; Rösch, M.; Wroth, K.; Zastrow, J.; Knopf, T.; Scholten, T.; Kühn, P. (2021): Middle Bronze Age land use practices in the north-western Alpine foreland – A multi-proxy study of colluvial deposits, archaeological features and peat bogs. SOIL, 7, 269–304, https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-269-2021

Kraushaar, S.; Konzett, M.; Kiep, J.; Siebert, C.; Meister, J. (2021): Suitability of phytoliths as a quantitative process tracer for soil erosion studies. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 46(9), 1797–1808, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.5121

Näser, C.; Gussone, M.; Kennedy, W.; Klein, T.; Knitter, D.; Krause, J.; Meister, J.; Schmid, S.G.; Schütt, B.; Bebermeier, W.; Gerlach, I.; Kohlmeyer, K.; Marzoli, D.; Müller-Neuhof, B.; von Rummel, P.; Sack, D.; Wulf-Rheidt, W. (2021): Investigating Marginality within the Framework of Socio-Ecological Interaction Models.- In: Knitter, D.; Schier, W.; Schütt, B. (Hrsg.), Berlin: Edition Topoi, 74, DOI: 10.17171/3-7, https://www.edition-topoi.org/books.

Ullmann, T., Nill, L., Schiestl, R., Trappe, J., Lange-Athinodorou, E., Baumhauer, R., and Meister, J. (2020): Mapping buried paleogeographical features of the Nile Delta (Egypt) using the Landsat archive, E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 69, 225–245, https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-69-225-2020

Dietrich, L.; Götting-Martin, E.; Hertzog, J.; Schmitt-Kopplin, P.; McGovern, P.E.; Hall, G.R.; Petersen, W.C.; Zarnkow, M.; Hutzler, M.; Jacob, F.; Ullman, C.; Notroff, J; Ulbrich, M.; Flöter, E.; Heeb, J.; Meister, J.; Dietrich, O. (2020): Investigating the function of Pre-Pottery Neolithic stone troughs from Göbekli Tepe – An integrated approach. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 34, 102618 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102618).

Lüthgens, C.; Sauer, D.; Zech, M.; Briant, B.; Brown, E.; Dietze, E.; Fuchs, M.; Klasen, N.; Lukas, S.; May, J.-H.; Meister, J.; Reimann, T.; Rixhon, G.; Ruszkiczay-Rüdiger, Z.; Salcher, B.; Sprafke, T.; Unkel, I.; von Suchodoletz, H.; and Zeeden, C.: Editorial: E&G Quaternary Science Journal – a community-based open-access journal, E&G Quaternary Science Journal, 68, 243–244, https://doi.org/10.5194/egqsj-68-243-2020, 2020.

Lehnhardt, E.; Błażejewski, A.; Madera, P.; Meister, J. (2019): Pielgrzymowice - An iron smelting site of the Przeworsk culture from the Roman period in Silesia. Przegląd Archeologiczny, vol. 67: 177-230, PL ISSN 0079-7138.

Lange-Athinodorou, E.; Abd el-Raouf, A.; Ullmann, T.; Trappe, J.; Meister, J.; Baumhauer, R. (2019): The Sacred Canals of the Temple of Bastet at Bubastis (Egypt): New Findings from Geomorphological Investigations and Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT). Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 26, 101910, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2019.101910

Dietrich, L.; Meister, J.; Dietrich, O.; Notroff, J.; Kiep, J.; Heeb, J.; Beuger, A.; Schütt, B. (2019): Cereal processing at Early Neolithic Göbekli Tepe, southeastern Turkey. PLoS ONE, 14(5): e0215214. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215214

Meister, J.; Knitter, K.; Krause, J.; Müller-Neuhof, B.; Schütt B. (2019): A pastoral landscape for millennia: Investigating pastoral mobility in northeastern Jordan using quantitative spatial analyses. Quaternary International, 501, 364-378, https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2017.08.038

Meister, J.; Rettig, R.; Schütt B. (2018): Ancient runoff agriculture at Early Bronze Age Jawa (Jordan): Water availability, efficiency and food supply capacity. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 22: 359-371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.06.033

Meister, J.; Krause, J.; Müller-Neuhof, B. (2018): Early Bronze Age Jawa – an artificial Oasis in the Basalt Desert. In: Berking, J. & Schütt, B. [Eds]: Water Harvesting in Drylands – Water Knowledge from the Past for our Present and Future. 40-47, München, Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil. ISBN: 978-3-89937-238-0

Meister, J. (2017): Human-Environmental Interactions in Northeastern Jordan (Dissertation). http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/receive/FUDISS_thesis_000000105316

Meister, J.; Krause J.; Müller-Neuhof B.; Portillo M.; Reimann T.; Schütt B. (2017): Desert agricultural systems at EBA Jawa (Jordan): Integrating archaeological and paleoenvironmental records. Quaternary International, vol. 434 (Part B): 33–50. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.12.086

Bebermeier, W.; Meister, J.; Withanachchi, C. R.; Middelhaufe, I.; Schütt, B. (2017): Tank cascade systems as a sustainable measure of watershed management in South Asia, In: Water, 9(3), 231: 1-16. doi:10.3390/w9030231

Bebermeier, W.; Beck, D.; Gerlach, I.; Klein, T.; Knitter, D.; Kohlmeyer, K.; Krause, J.; Marzoli, D.; Meister, J.; Müller-Neuhof, B.; Näser, C.; von Rummel, P.; Sack, D.; Schmid, S. G.; Schütt, B.; Wulf-Rheidt, U. (2016): Ancient Colonization of Marginal Habitats. A Comparative Analysis of Case Studies from the Old World. eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies, Special Volume 6: Space and Knowledge. Topoi Research Group Articles. 1–44. http://journal.topoi.org/index.php/etopoi/article/view/250/258

Schütt, B.; Bebermeier, W.; Meister, J.; Withanachchi, C. R. (2013): Characterisation of the Rota Wewa tank cascade system in the vicinity of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Die Erde, vol. 144 (1): 51-68. doi:10.12854/erde-144-4

Berking, J.; Meister, J.; Ullrich, B.; Schott, M.; Kaufmann, G.; Schütt, B. (2011): Geoarchaeological Methods for Landscape Reconstruction at the Excavation Site of Naga, Central Sudan. Die Erde, vol. 142 (3): 289-313. doi:10.12854/erde.v142i3.37

Meister, J.; von Suchodoletz, H.; Zeeden, C.; eds (in preparation): Special Issue Quaternary research from and inspired by the first virtual DEUQUA conference. E&G Quaternary Science Journal (EGQSJ).

Heckmann, T.; Meister, J.; Dietze, E.; Krautblatter, M.; eds. (2022): Special Issue ‘German Society for Geomorphology’. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (ESPL).

von Suchodoletz, H.; Dietze, E.; Dietze, M.; Meister, J.; Wrozyna, C.; Zeeden, C.; Kreutzer, S.; eds (2021): Book of Abstracts, virtual DEUQUA 2021, Deutsche Quartärvereinigung e.V. (German Quaternary Association). https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5526214

Meister, J.; Lange-Athinodorou, E.; Ullmann, T.; eds. (2021): Special Issue Geoarchaeology of the Nile Delta. E&G Quaternary Science Journal (EGQSJ).

  • 2022: Postdoc Award of the German Society for Geomorphology (DGGM), November 2022, Munich.
  • 2017: Dissertation Prize: Meister, J. (2017): Human-Environmental Interactions in Northeastern Jordan.  6-month travel scholarship of the German Archaeological Institute (8500 €), May 2017, Berlin
  • 2016: Best Poster Award: Meister, J.; Krause, J.; Müller-Neuhof, B.; Portillo, M; Reimann, T.; Rettig, R.; Schütt, B. (2016): Desert agricultural terrace systems at EBA Jawa (Jordan) - Layout, water availability and efficiency. Annual meeting of the German Working Group for Geomorphology, October 2016, Jena
  • 2014: Young Scientist Award (1st price, oral presentation): Meister, J.; Krause, J.; Müller-Neuhof, B.; Schütt, B. (2014): Water Management Systems of Jawa, Jordan. 3rd International Landscape Archaeology Conference, September 2014, Rome

TRAPPE, Julian (2021):
Anthropogen beeinflusste Landformen und physisch-geographische Landschaftselemente im Spessart
First assessor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Baumhauer
Second assessor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
Mentors: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Baumhauerapl. Prof. Dr. Christof Kneisel, apl. Prof. Dr. Stefan Winkler

BINDER, Christoph (ongoing):
Laramate, Peru

CHMIELA, Jessica (2021):
Late Quaternary vegetation reconstruction based on phytolith analyses in the surroundings of Göbekli Tepe, southeastern Turkey.
First assessor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
Second assessor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Baumhauer

GARBE, Philipp (2021):
Geomorphological and geoelectrical investigations of the sacred canals at the Temple of Basete in the ancient city of Bubastis (Egypt).
First assessor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister
Second assessor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Baumhauer

SAUL, Tobias (2018):
Phytolith analyses in the context of two protohistoric burials with a focus on possible funeral rites in the Yan Oya river catchment, Sri Lanka. (FU Berlin, second assessor)

HÄGELE, Elena (ongoing):
Laramate, Peru

LINDNER, Erik (ongoing):
Laramate, Peru

STRYJSKI, Paul (ongoing):
Laramate, Peru

BINDER, Christoph (2019):
Phytolith-Analysen in der Mongolei zur Rekonstruktion der Vegetation – Eine Fallstudie zur Differenzierung von C3- und C4-Gräsern

MÜLLER, Iris (2019):
Phytolith-Analysen im Umfeld der römischen Siedlung Munigua, Spanien

present student assistants

  • Martin Behl (from 2022)
  • Moritz Bergmann (from 2022)
  • Pia Neuburger (from 2022)
  • Milo Nürnberger (from 2022)
  • Lilly Schell (from 2022)
  • Ann-Kristin Weber (from 2022)

former student assistans

  • Christoph Binder (2019-2021)
  • Jessica Chmiela, B.Sc. (2019-2020)
  • Nico Döring, B.Sc. (2020-2021)
  • Philipp Garbe, B.Sc. (2018-2020)
  • Laura Grüner (2022)
  • Iris Müller, B.Sc. (2018-2020)
  • Jana Scherg (2022)
  • Tom Wolf (2021)

Please register in advance with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister (julia.meister@uni-wuerzburg.de).

The international workshop "Geoarchaeology of the Nile Delta: Current research and future perspectives" will be held from November 29 to 30, 2019 at the University of Würzburg, organized by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia Meister (Physical Geography) and Dr. Eva Lange Athinodorou (Egyptology). In order to investigate human-environmental interactions in the Nile Delta, the workshop will focus on the following topics:

  • Sediment analyses (e.g. geochemistry, microfossils, dating) to understand landscape dynamics in the vicinity of archaeological sites
  • Archaeological surveys; spatial analyses using geographical information systems, remote sensing data, historical maps and geophysical prospection
  • Reconstruction of the Holocene landscape development in the Nile delta (e.g. Nile branches)
  • Interactions between fluvial dynamics of the Nile, Holocene landscape development and settlement history
  • Reconstruction of local water management systems (e.g. canals, lakes)

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