Gabriele Franke
Archaeologist

Campus Westend, Poelzig-Building
Room V4, 6.412

Tel.: 069 798-32101
Fax: 069 798-32121
Email: g.franke(at)em.uni-frankfurt.de

Address:
Goethe University
Institute of Archaeological Sciences
Norbert-Wollheim-Platz 1
60629 Frankfurt am Main


Research interests

Research projects

Academic career

Publications


Research interests

African prehistory:

  • Cultural changes and innovations in ecological transition zones
  • Development of complex societies

Method:

  • Ceramic analysis

Regional specialization on West Africa, fieldwork in Nigeria

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Research projects
  • DFG long term research project: Development of complex societies in sub-Saharan Africa: The Nigerian Nok Culture (since 2009)

Academic career

since 2009
Research assistant in the DFG long term research project: Development of complex societies in sub-Saharan Africa: The Nigerian Nok Culture, with the focus on ceramic analyses and the creation of a chronological division of the Nok Culture based on ceramics (dissertation)

2008
Research assistant at the workgroup African Archaeology, Preparation and organisation of the 19th Biennial Conference of the Society of Africanist Archaeologists, September 2008 in Frankfurt/Main

2002-2007
Study of pre- and protohistory (major subject), archaeometry and historical anthropology (minor subjects) at Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main.

Degree Magistra Artium in December 2008, subject: Malankari – a large early iron age settlement in the Chad basin, Northeast Nigeria

Other activities

since 2008
Guided tours of the exhibitions of the Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt

seit 2005
Copy Editor, Journal of African Archaeology

2006 – 2008
Student research assistant in the DFG-project for digitalization and indexing of the ethnographic picture library of the Frobenius-Institute, Goethe University Frankfurt.

2006 – 2008
Voluntary work at the Africa department of the Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt/Main, Inventory of new acquisitions/donations

1999 – 2001
Archaeological lectures and courses for the Certificate of Archaeology within the frame of the Extension Program of the University of California Los Angeles, field work in the Mojave desert, California, for the Rock Art Archive, UCLA

1997 – 2000
Voluntary work at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles, USA

1997 – 1998
Docent Training at the Southwest Museum of the American Indian in Los Angeles, USA

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Publications

Breunig, P., G. Franke & M. Nüsse (2008): Early sculptural traditions in West Africa: new evidence from the Chad Basin of north-eastern Nigeria, Antiquity 82 (316), 423-437.

Franke, G. 2007. Malankari. Eine früheisenzeitliche Großsiedlung im Tschadbecken von Nordost-Nigeria. Magisterarbeit, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main.

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