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Daniela Hofmann

Associate Professor, Archaeology
  • E-mailDaniela.Hofmann@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 22 06+47 923 41 956
  • Visitor Address
    Øysteinsgate 3
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

My research combines the close study of archaeological material with theoretical approaches and the results of scientific techniques to study identity creation, boundary marking and culture change at various social scales. I trace how material culture strategies and routines at the local level impact on larger-scale, longer-term processes using a wide range of evidence: aDNA and isotope data, mortuary and other ritual practices, human representations, artefact patterning, and monumental and domestic architecture.

My primary focus is the European Neolithic (mid-6th to mid-3rd millennium), but I am also interested in comparative archaeology and in exploring inter-disciplinary collaboration, for instance between geneticists and archaeologists.

Prior to being appointed in Bergen, I worked at Cardiff University, the University of Oxford and Hamburg University.

ARK110 (Introduction to Prehistory)

I accept BA and MA supervisions on any of the following topics: Mesolithic-Neolithic transition; Neolithic archaeology; social archaeology; history of archaeological thought; mortuary archaeology (all periods); structured deposition and the archaeology of ritual; interpreting isotopes and aDNA

Academic article
  • 2020. Not going anywhere? Migration as a social practice in the early Neolithic Linearbandkeramik. Quaternary International. 228-239.
  • 2019. Present pasts in the archaeology of genetics, identity and migration in Europe: a critical essay. . World archaeology.
  • 2018. Seeking the Holy Grail: robust chronologies from archaeology and radiocarbon dating combined. Documenta Praehistorica. 120-136.
Book review
  • 2019. Review of W. Stöckli, Twann: Ausgrabungen 1974-1976, Auswertungen 1976- 1982, Schlussbericht von 1981/1982, Kommentar von 2017. Die Archäeologische informationen.
  • 2019. Review of Stephen Shennan: The first Farmers of Europe. An Evolutionary Perspective. Norwegian Archaeological Review.
  • 2019. Review of David Reich. Who We Are and How We Got Here. Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. European Journal of Archaeology. 434-437.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • 2020. Magical, mundane or marginal? Deposition practices in the Early Neolithic Linearbandkeramik culture. Sidestone Press.
  • 2019. Contacts, boundaries and innovation in the fifth millennium. Exploring developed Neolithic societies in central Europe and beyond. Sidestone Press.
Popular scientific article
  • 2019. Riedling – ein spätneolithischer „Schmelztiegel“ in Niederbayern. Bayerische Archaeologie. 8-11.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2020. Structured deposition in the Linearbandkeramik — is there something to talk about? 24 pages.
  • 2020. LBK structured deposits as magical practices. 35 pages.
  • 2020. Del barro a la piedra: contraste ente las representaciones antropomorfas en la Europa centro meridional . 16 pages.
  • 2019. Enclosures, structured deposits and selective innovations: Riedling and the role of the south Bavarian Münchshöfen culture in the new networks of the late Neolithic. 18 pages.
Popular scientific chapter/article
  • 2019. Als die Menschen sesshaft wurden. Die Jungsteinzeit in Sued- und Mitteldeutschland. 111-120.
  • 2019. The fifth millennium. The emergence of cultural diversity in central European prehistory. 13-41. In:
    • 2019. Contacts, boundaries and innovation in the fifth millennium. Exploring developed Neolithic societies in central Europe and beyond. Sidestone Press.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Selected publications


Journal articles (peer-reviewed)

Ebersbach, R., Doppler, T., Hofmann, D. and Whittle, A. 2017. No time out. Scaling material diversity and change in the Alpine foreland Neolithic. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 45, 1-14.

Hofmann, D. 2016. Keep on walking: the role of migration in Linearbandkeramik life. Documenta Praehistorica 43, 235-51.

Hofmann, D., Ebersbach, R., Doppler, T. and Whittle, A. 2016. The life and times of the house: multi-scalar perspectives on settlement from the Neolithic of the north Alpine foreland. European Journal of Archaeology 19, 596-630.

Hofmann, D. 2015. What have genetics ever done for us? The implications of aDNA data for interpreting identity in early Neolithic central Europe. European Journal of Archaeology 18, 454-76.

Bickle, P., Hofmann, D., Bentley, R.A., Hedges, R., Hamilton, J., Laiginhas, F., Nowell, G., Pearson, D.G., Grupe, G. and Whittle, A. 2011. Community heterogeneity in the Linearbandkeramik: isotope evidence in its archaeological context at Aiterhofen (Bavaria, Germany). Antiquity 85, 1243-58.

Bickle, P. and Hofmann, D. 2007. Moving on: the contribution of isotope studies to the early Neolithic of central Europe. Antiquity 81, 1029-41.


Journal articles (other)

Hofmann, D. 2018. Theorie muss sein. In U. Veit (Hrsg.), Themenschwerpunkt „Die Zukunft der Archäologie“. Ethnographisch-Archäologische Zeitschrift 56 [2015], 31-35.

Hofmann, D. 2017. Endstation Friedhof? Bestattung und materielle Kultur im Wandel [Introduction to themed issue on burial]. Ethnoscripts 19, 5–12.

Hofmann, D. 2007. The conceptual animal. Technologies of body representation in the Lower Bavarian Neolithic. Journal of Iberian Archaeology, 9/10, 169-85.

Hofmann, D., Neumair, E. and Whittle, A. 2009. Neue Untersuchungen zur Ältesten Linearbandkeramik im Raum Freising. Das Archäologische Jahr in Bayern 2008, 13f.

Hofmann, D. 2006. Different times, different places. Architectural changes from the Early to the Middle Neolithic in Lower Bavaria. Journal of Iberian Archaeology 8, 185-202.


Chapters in books (peer-reviewed)

Hofmann, D. and Husty, L. 2019 [in press]. Enclosures, structured deposits and selective innovations: Riedling and the role of the south Bavarian Münchshöfen culture in the new networks of the late Neolithic. In M. Hinz (ed.)., Megaliths, Societies, Landscapes: Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe. Proceedings of the international conference. Status: at proof stage.

Hofmann, D. 2015. The burnt, the whole and the broken: funerary variability in the Linearbandkeramik. In Z. Devlin and E.-J. Graham (eds), Death embodied: archaeological approaches to the treatment of the corpse, 109-28. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. 2013a. Living by the lake. Domestic architecture in the Alpine foreland. In D. Hofmann and J. Smyth (eds), Tracking the Neolithic house in Europe – sedentism, architecture and practice, 197-227. New York: Springer.

Hofmann, D. 2013b. Narrating the house. The transformation of longhouses in early Neolithic Europe. In A. Chadwick and C. Gibson (eds), Memory, myth and long-term landscape inhabitation, 32-54. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. 2013c. Intimate connection: bodies and substances in flux in the early Neolithic of central Europe. In C. Watts (ed.), Relational archaeologies. Humans, animals, things, 154-172. London: Routledge.

Hofmann, D. and Whittle, A. 2008. Neolithic bodies. In A. Jones (ed.), Prehistoric Europe: theory and practice, 287-311. Oxford: Blackwell.


Chapters in books (other)

Hofmann, D. and Gleser, R. in press [2019]. The fifth millennium. The emergence of cultural diversity in central European prehistory. In R. Gleser and D. Hofmann (eds), Contacts, boundaries and innovation in the fifth millennium. Exploring developed Neolithic societies in central Europe and beyond. Leiden: Siedstone Press.

Brandherm, D., Heymans, E. und Hofmann, D. 2018. Introduction: comparing currency and circulation systems in past societies. In D. Brandherm, E. Heymans und D. Hofmann (Hrsg.), Gifts, goods and money: comparing currency and circulation systems in past societies, 1–8. Oxford: Archaeopress. Available as open access.

Hofmann, D., Husty, L. and Szilágyi, M. 2018. Chronologie, Vernetzungen, Sozialstrukturen: Das Erdwerk von Riedling, Niederbayern, und seine Rolle im Jungneolithikum Mitteleuropas [project report on Riedling aimed at a wide audience]. In F. Nikulka, D. Hofmann and R. Schumann (eds), Menschen – Dinge – Orte. Aktuelle Forschungen des Instituts für Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie der Universität Hamburg, 163-70. Hamburg: Institut für Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie.

Hofmann, D. 2017. Figurines and other bodies. A matter of scale? In V. Becker and H. Schwarzberg (eds), Bodies of clay, 121-39. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. and Lenneis, E. 2017. Size matters? Exploring exceptional buildings in the central European early Neolithic. In P. Bickle, V. Cummings, D. Hofmann and J. Pollard (eds), The Neolithic of Europe. Papers in honour of Alasdair Whittle, 145-58. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. 2016. The changing role of La Hoguette pottery in an LBK context. In L. Amkreutz, F. Haak, D. Hofmann and I. van Wijk (eds), Something out of the ordinary? Interpreting diversity in the early Neolithic Linearbandkeramik culture and beyond, 120-53. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hofmann, D., Amkreutz, A., Haack, F. and Van Wijk, I. 2016. Introduction: diversity and uniformity in LBK studies. In L. Amkreutz, F. Haack, D. Hofmann and I. van Wijk (eds), Something out of the ordinary? Interpreting diversity in the early Neolithic Linearbandkeramik and beyond, 3-30. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Hofmann, D. and Orschiedt, J. 2015. Mortuary practices, bodies and persons in central Europe. In C. Fowler, J. Harding and D. Hofmann (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe, 987-1004. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hofmann, D. 2014. Cast in clay: Linearbandkeramik figurines and society. In C.-E. Ursu and S. Terna (eds), Anthropomorphism and symbolic behaviour in the Neolithic and Copper Age communities of south-eastern Europe, 47-71. Suceava: Karl A. Romstorfer.

Pechtl, J. and Hofmann, D. 2013. Irregular burials in the LBK – All or none? In N. Müller-Scheeßl (eds), Irreguläre Bestattungen in der Urgeschichte: Norm, Ritual, Strafe...?, 123-38. Bonn: Habelt.

Hofmann, D., Pechtl, J., Bentley, R.A., Bickle, P., Fibiger, L., Grupe, G., Hamilton, J., Hedges, R., Schultz, M. und Whittle, A. 2013. Southern Bavaria. In P. Bickle und A. Whittle (eds). The first farmers of central Europe. Diversity in LBK lifeways, 205-50. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. and Smyth, J. 2013. Introduction: Dwelling, materials, cosmology – transforming houses in the Neolithic. In D. Hofmann and J. Smyth (eds), Tracking the Neolithic house in Europe – sedentism, architecture and practice, 1-17. New York: Springer.

Hofmann, D. 2012a. Bodies, houses and status in the western Linearbandkeramik. In T. Kienlin (ed.), Beyond elites, 183-96. Bonn: Habelt.

Hofmann, D. 2012b. The life and death of Linearbandkeramik figurines. In Cochrane, A. and Jones, A. (eds), Visualising the Neolithic: abstraction, figuration, performance, representation, 226-42. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Hofmann, D. and Bickle, P. 2011. Culture, tradition and the settlement burials of the Linearbandkeramik (LBK) culture. In B. Roberts and M. Vander Linden (eds), Investigating archaeological cultures: material culture variability and transmission, 183-200. New York: Springer.

Hofmann, D. 2010. Soziale Beziehungen und Verwandtschaft in der Bandkeramik: Struktur oder Flexibilität? [Social structure in the LBK] In E. Claßen, T. Doppler and B. Ramminger (eds), Familie – Verwandtschaft – Sozialstrukturen: Sozialarchäologische Forschungen zu neolithischen Befunden, 31-42. Kerpen-Loogh: Welt und Erde Verlag.

Hofmann, D. 2009a. Noch mehr Häuser für die Bandkeramik: neue Grabungen in Niederhummel und Wang, Landkreis Freising. [Interim report on excavations in Niederhummel and Wang] In K. Schmotz (ed.), Fines Transire Jahrgang 18. Archäologiche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ostbayern/ West- und Südböhmen/ Oberösterreich, 181-94. Rahden: Marie Leidorf.

Hofmann, D. 2009b. Cemetery and settlement burial in the Lower Bavarian LBK. In D. Hofmann and P. Bickle (eds), Creating communities. New advances in central European Neolithic research, 220-34. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. 2005. The emotional Mesolithic. Past and present ambiguities of Ofnet cave. In N. Milner and P.C. Woodman (eds), Mesolithic studies, 194-211. Oxford: Oxbow.

Hofmann, D. 2005. Fragments of power: LBK figurines and the mortuary record. In D. Hofmann, J. Mills and A. Cochrane (eds), Elements of being. Identities, mentalities and movement, 58-70. Oxford: BAR.


Encyclopedia entries and reviews

Hofmann, D. 2018. Review of G. Brandt, Beständig ist nur der Wandel! Die Rekonstruktion der Besiedlungsgeschichte Europas während des Neolithikums mittels paläo- und populationsgenetischer Verfahren. European Journal of Archaeology, 21, 487-90.

Hofmann, D. 2017. Review of B. Boulestin and A.-S. Coupey, Cannibalism in the Linear Pottery Culture. The human remains from Herxheim. Bonner Jahrbücher 215, 388-93.

Hofmann, D. 2017. Review of I Hodder and A. Marciniak, Assembling Çatalhöyük. Themes in Contemporary Archaeology Volume 1. Prehistoric Society online reviews, available at http://www.prehistoricsociety.org/publications/reviews/

Hofmann. D. 2017. Review of The Development of Neolithic House Societies in Orkney. Investigations in the Bay of Firth, Mainland Orkney (1994–2014). Archaeological Journal 174, 477-78.

Hofmann, D. 2016. Review of Neolithic diversities: Perspectives from a conference in Lund, Sweden. European Journal of Archaeology 19, 372-75.

Hofmann, D. 2015. Review of Theorie in der Archäologie: zur jüngeren Diskussion in Deutschland (M. Eggert and U. Veit) and Schlüsselbegriffe der prähistorischen Archäologie (S. Wolfram and D. Mölders) [two books on archaeological theory in Germany]. Archaeologia Austriaca 99, 233-39.

Hofmann, D. 2015. Review of L’habitat du néolithique ancien de Colombelles 'Le Lazzaro' (Calvados), Antiquity 89, 998-99.

Hofmann, D. 2014. Review of J. Smyth, Settlement in the Irish Neolithic. New discoveries at the edge of Europe. Prehistoric Society online reviews, available at http://www.prehistoricsociety.org/publications/reviews/

Hofmann, D. 2014. Linearbandkeramik site excavation. In C. Smith (ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, 4515-18. New York: Springer.

Hofmann, D. 2012. Review of D. Gronenborn and J. Petrasch, Die Neolithisierung Mitteleuropas. The spread of the Neolithic to Central Europe. Bonner Jahrbücher 212, 329-33.

I am currently the editor of PAST, the newsletter of the Prehistoric Society (UK). PAST appears three times a year and includes reports on the Society’s activities, as well as on current research. Contribution to the newsletter is open to everyone, and we regularly run features written by interested members of the public and by postgraduate students, as well as by experienced researchers.

PAST is available online at http://www.prehistoricsociety.org/publications/past/


In addition, since September 2016 I have been serving as board member of the European Journal of Archaeology. Tasks include the initial assessment of submitted manuscripts, as well as participation in board meetings to decide on the future strategic goals of the journal. Since October 2018, I am part of the reviews advisory board for Archäologische Informationen, the journal of the German Society for Prehistory and Early History (DGUF).

Culture change, networks and hierarchy: the Münchshöfen culture at the enclosure site of Riedling, Bavaria

This interdisciplinary project, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), is concerned with the role of prestige goods in the later Neolithic of central Europe. Large-scale cultural innovations, such as the first metal items, are being distributed in Europe at this time, but their uptake is patchy. In the Bavarian Münchshöfen culture, for instance, such finds are very rare. Instead, we see considerable investment in the building of enclosures and in the development of new traditions of structured deposition, often involving large amounts of pottery and/or human and animal remains.

This project focuses on one such enclosure, Riedling (Lower Bavaria), to investigate its use life and biography in greater detail. As an interdisciplinary team, we are aiming to build a relative and absolute chronology for the site, to establish the tempo and nature of the activities that took place there, and to characterise the buried population and the material culture. We will then place Riedling in its wider regional and European context and discuss how its inhabitants selectively participated in the wider-scale networks of their time and whether they, too, were on a path to increasing social hierarchy.

The team: Richard Evershed, Jörg Ewersen, Julie Dunne, Seren Griffiths, Gisela Grupe, Markus Helfert, Ludwig Husty, Franziska Immler, Nicole Kegler-Graiewski, Britta Ramminger, Gabriele Raßhofer, Claudia Sarkady, Freya Steinhagen, Márton Szilágyi, Patricia Tellhelm


Ofnet revisited: chronology, violence, society

Led by Jörg Orschiedt (Mannheim) and in collaboration with Rick Schulting (Oxford), this project has undertaken a thorough re-investigation of the Mesolithic human skulls discovered at Ofnet cave, Bavaria. The decapitated heads of over 30 men, women and children were found here in two concentrations, covered with deer tooth and shell ornaments. Since then, debate has centred on the question of whether this was a single (and violent) event, or whether the human remains accumulated over a longer time period as part of a standard mortuary ritual.

Our team has focused on re-assessing the demographic composition of the burial group and the evidence for lethal trauma. In addition, a large series of AMS and single amino-acid 14C-dates were obtained as a basis for further statistical modelling of the site’s span of use. The project was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).