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    Physical Geography

    Meister, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Julia

    Junior professorship for geoarchaeology and quaternary research at the
    Chair of Geography – Physical Geography

    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, south east asia

    since 08/2018
    Junior professor for Geoarchaeology and Quaternary Research at the Chair of Geography I – Physical Geography, University of Würzburg

    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“

    In press / submitted

    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. (submitted): 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.

    Kirchner, A.; Hermann, H.; Madras, P.; Müller, I.; Meister, J. (submitted): Land use and land use potential in the vicinity of the Hispano-Roman city of Munigua (Seville, SW-Spain). Geoarchaeology.

    Kraushaar, S.; Konzett, M.; Kiep, J.; Siebert, C.; Meister, J. (submitted): Suitability of phytoliths as a quantitative process tracer for soil erosion studies. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms.

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



    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, vol 501: 364-378. http://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

    Krautblatter, M.; Heckmann, T.; Dietze, E.; Meister, J.; eds. (in preparation): German Working Group for Geomorphology. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (ESPL).

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



    • 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

    Master theses:

    • Nico Döring (ongoing; Pergamon, Türkei)
    • Jessica Chmiela (ongoing; Göbekli Tepe, Türkei)
    • Philipp Garbe (ongoing; Bubastis, Ägypten)
    • Janika Kiep (ongoing; Isabena, Spanien; FU Berlin, Zweitgutachten)
    • Tobias Saul (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, Zweitgutachten)


    Bachelor theses:

    • Christoph Binder (2019): Phytolith-Analysen in der Mongolei zur Rekonstruktion der Vegetation – Eine Fallstudie zur Differenzierung von C3- und C4-Gräsern
    • Iris Müller (2019): Phytolith-Analysen im Umfeld der römischen Siedlung Munigua, Spanien


    • Nico Döring, B.Sc. (since 2020)
    • Christoph Binder, B.Sc. (since 2019)
    • Jessica Chmiela, B.Sc. (2019-2020)
    • Iris Müller, B.Sc. (2018-2020)
    • Philipp Garbe, B.Sc. (2018-2020)

    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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