About: Alchemy of the Past

My name is Sabrina Autenrieth, I am an archaeologist and art historian, currently working on my PhD research at the University of Leiden within the Economies of Destruction project (economiesofdestruction.wordpress.com). Before that, I studied Pre- and Protohistory at Kiel University (Germany) specializing in Neolithic house structures, megaliths and material culture. I took part in several…

Serbia Tour 2016

In September I guided an archaeological tour through Serbia for 11 days and I eventually have a little bit of time to uplaod a selection of my 4000 pictures from that trip. Even though the tour was quite exhausting, it was great to finally see some of the archaeological sites I heard of in my very first…

Daytrip to Varna

Last Friday, the Leiden Prehistory Department  went on an excursion to Dordrecht to visit the exhibition about the famous Varna burials: Het Oudste Goud van der Wereld. Schatten uit Varna. It was intriguing to see how the burials of the Bulgarian Copper Age were organized, and how some deceased were treated in a specific way. In the necropolis of the…

Lenin and depositions: A communistic approach?

In April 2016, a new exhibition with the title “Enthüllt, Berlin und seine Denkmäler” opened in Berlin. German newspapers report about this event with a provocative image on top of the articles, Lenin’s granite head, which during a point in Germany’s shaken history, was erected on a square in Eastern Berlin in April 1970 and is now being risen from the earth.

Creative Destruction

I started my PhD one year ago and during that year many things happened and a lot of things changed (e.g. my research region expanded quite a bit). There will be many posts about important and interesting events which happened in the last year, but I want to (quite unusual for an archaeologist) start in the…