- Cultural changes and innovations in ecological transition zones
- Development of complex societies
- Ceramic analysis
Regional specialization on West Africa, fieldwork in Nigeria
- DFG long term research project: Development of complex societies in sub-Saharan Africa: The Nigerian Nok Culture (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)
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
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
Guided tours of the exhibitions of the Archäologisches Museum Frankfurt
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
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.