I am an archaeologist (M.A.) and ancient historian (PhD) with two main research focuses in this area: Ancient technologies in modern contexts, e.g. development aid and green architecture, and ancient magic and ritual practice.

Ancient Magic and Ritual Practice

I started my research in ancient magic and ritual practice in 2008 focusing on ancient magic signs. My PhD was about the making and use of the about 300 inscribed magical artefacts described in ancient ritual handbooks. As a post-doc at the University of Heidelberg I translated the bilingual London-Leiden magical papyrus. Following this work I received a three-year funding from the German Research Foundation for my project “Handbook and Analysis of Ancient Magic Signs”. The project ran from 2017 to 2019 and was located at the Universities of Erfurt and Heidelberg in Germany.

Ancient Technologies in Modern Contexts

My other research focus is on the potential of ancient technologies as sustainable solutions to current ecological problems. I am the founder of the Amatek Institute – Ancient Technologies in Modern Contexts, blog about Archaeology for Food, Water and Sustainability and run a knowledge hub about Clay Pot Irrigation.

Applied Imagination and iscapes

The counterpart to my academic research is built by my exploration of the potential of human imagination, of controlling mechanisms and how to manipulate or get around them.

Science Fiction

Imagination brought me here. And a Ted talk by Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome (external link to https://www.ted.com).