Landscape near Dr. Arnold's field excavations in southwestern Germany
Bettina Arnold,   Dept. of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Courses Taught

Human Origins
Fantastic Archaeology
The Celtic World
The Celtic World (Honors)
European Archaeology
World Archaeology
Archaeology of Gender (Honors)
Who Owns The Past?
Archaeology of Gender
Archaeology of Iron Age Europe
Professionalism in Anthropology
Perspectives on Prehistory

Heuneburg Project
Research Design
1999 Excavation Report
2000 Excavation Report
2002 Excavation Report

Curriculum Vitae

1998 Gender Conference

Public Lectures

Anthropology Events

AIA-Milwaukee Chapter

  Coordinator, Museum Studies Program
Editor, e-Keltoi: Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies

Office Hours
Sabin Hall, Room 229
Phone: (414) 229-4583

Würzburg, Germany

Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University
B.A., Archaeology,Yale University

Research Interests
The archaeological interpretation and analysis of complex societies, particularly the transition from chiefdom to state; material culture as a symbolic system and a means of communicating social messages; the role of alcohol and its consumption in establishing and maintaining social relationships in prehistoric and historic societies; the meaning of monuments and their cultural construction; the archaeology of gender; and the history of archaeology, particularly its role in 19th and 20th century political developments in Europe.

Current Projects
Excavation of burial mounds associated with the Heuneburg hillfort in southwestern Germany. The site is located on the Danube, and is part of an archaeological landscape which has been studied intensively since the 19th century. Concurrent analysis of ancient DNA from excavated skeletal material from the tumulus cemeteries in order to reconstruct social organization of the early Iron Age populations which inhabited this area from 600 to 400 B.C.. Photographs of the site and the surrounding landscape are available in the Archaeological Projects section of the Web site.

Selected Publications
2010 The Master of Animals in Old World Iconography. Derek B. Counts and Bettina Arnold (eds). Budapest: Archaeolingua.

2010 Eventful archaeology, the Heuneburg mud-brick wall and the early Iron Age of southwest Germany. In Douglas Bolender (ed.) Eventful Archaeologies, pp. 176-186. Buffalo: State University of New York Press.

2008 "Reading the body": Geschlechterdifferenz im Totenritual der frühen Eisenzeit. In Ulrich Veit, Beat Schweizer and Christoph Kümmel (eds) Köperinszenierung - Objektsammlung - Monumentalisierung: Totenritual und Grabkult in frühen Gesellschaften, pp. 375-395. Münster: Waxmann.

2006 Gender in mortuary ritual. In Sarah M. Nelson (ed.) Reader in Gender Archaeology, pp. 137-170. Walnut Creek: AltaMira.

2006 "Arierdämmerung": Race and Archaeology in Nazi Germany. In Chris Gosden (ed.) Race, Racism and Archaeology. World Archaeology 38 (1): 8-31. London: Routledge.

2006 Pseudoarchaeology and nationalism. In Garrett G. Fagan (ed.) Archaeological Fantasies: How Pseudoarchaeology Misrepresents the Past and Misleads the Public, pp.154-179. London: Routledge.

2005 Mobile Men, Sedentary Women? Material culture as a marker of regional and supra-regional interaction in early Iron Age southwest Germany. In Halina Dobrzanska, J.V.S. Megaw and Paulina Poleska (eds.) Celts on the Margin: Studies in European Cultural Interaction 7th c. BC - 1st c. AD. Essays in Honor of Zenon Wozniak, pp. 17-26. Krakow: Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of the Sciences.

2004 Dealing with the devil: the Faustian bargain of archaeology under dictatorship. In Michael Galaty and Charles Watkinson (eds.) Archaeology Under Dictatorship, pp. 191-212. New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

2002 Justifying genocide: the supporting role of archaeology in "ethnic cleansing". In Annihilating Difference: The Anthropology of Genocide, edited by Alex Hinton, pp. 95-116. University of California Press.

2002 "Sein und Werden": Gender as Process in Mortuary Ritual. In In Pursuit of Gender: Worldwide Archaeological Approaches, edited by Sarah Nelson and Myriam Rosen-Ayalon, pp. 239-256. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.

2001 Gender and the Archaeology of Death, edited by Bettina Arnold and Nancy L. Wicker. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.

1999 "Drinking the Feast": Alcohol and the legitimation of power in Celtic Europe. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 9(1): 71-93.

1996 "Honorary males" or women of substance? Gender, status and power in Iron Age Europe. Journal of European Archaeology 3(2): 153-168. Ayrshire: Cruithne Press.

1995 Celtic Chiefdom, Celtic State: The Evolution of Complex Social Systems in Prehistoric Europe, edited by Bettina Arnold and D. Blair Gibson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

1991 The deposed princess of Vix: The need for an engendered European prehistory. In The Archaeology of Gender: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Chacmool Conference, edited by Dale Walde and Noreen D. Willows, pp. 366-374. Calgary: University of Calgary.

1990 The past as propaganda: totalitarian archaeology in Nazi Germany. Antiquity 64(244):464-478.

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