Universität Bonn

Islamic Archaeology Research Unit of the University of Bonn

Volker Schmitz, M.A.

© Volker Schmitz

Volker Schmitz, M.A.

Office 2.051

Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology

Brühler Str. 7

53119 Bonn

In my master's program, I minored in Islamic Archaeology and majored in Egyptology. In general, I am interested in the emergence of a new state, its social and economic organization, and its early development. Regarding Islamic Archaeology, I am particularly fascinated by the impact of the Crusades on the Levant and the corresponding rise of the Mamluk Sultanate. During my years of studying Egyptology, I became interested in the administration and organization of the first dynasties up to the end of the Old Kingdom. Therefore, my BA thesis dealt with the development of shipcraft and navigation up to the Old Kingdom, while my MA thesis focused on the organization of the expeditions during the Old Kingdom to the southwestern part of the Sinai Peninsula (Maghara).

  • 2008 – 2009: Latin and Ancient Greek, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • 2009 – 2014: Social Science and Educational Science, Universität Vechta
  • 2014 – 2019: Egyptology, Classical Archaeology, Pre- and Early Historical Archaeology, Ancient American Studies
  • 2019 – 2023: Egyptology and Islamic Archaeology
  • 2021 – 2022: WHF at the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology, Lab and Library organization
  • 2022 – 2023: WHF at the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology, TERRSOC project (Assistant)
  • since 2023: WHK at the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology, TERRSOC project (Assistant)

  • 2021: Hisban Cultural Heritage Project, Jordan, Square Supervisor
  • 2023: Khirbet Beit Loya Excavations, Israel, Project Assistant and Square Supervisor
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