Mag. Dr.

Edeltraud Aspöck


... is PI of the ERC project The Present Dead: Investigating Interactions with the Dead in Early Medieval Central and Eastern Europe from 5th to 8th Centuries  CE (ERC, PresentDead, 101089324). The project aims to investigate the practical, mental and emotional dimensions of human activities relating to the materials of the dead (graves, human remains and artefacts) and is based on archaeological and textual evidence. It takes an innovative approach that combines cutting-edge scientific methods, technical solutions and new theoretical approaches. It is based at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Austrian Archaeological Institute (both Austrian Academy of Sciences), as well as Uppsala University.

Edeltraud is also involved in the COST Innovators Grant SHADE (vice chair), which is a continuation of her leading ÖAW activities in the EU H2020 archaeology infrastructure project ARIADNEplus and being the vice-chair of the COST Action SEADDA (CA 15201, Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Ages), where she was also the coordinator of short term scientific missions.

Edeltraud graduated from the University of Vienna (2002, Pre- and Protohistory, Classics, Mag. Phil.) and received a PhD at the University of Reading, UK (2009, archaeology, thesis title: ‘The relativity of normality: an archaeological and anthropological study of deviant burial and different treatment at death’). From 2013–2016, she held a Hertha Firnberg post-doc grant for the project Mikrotaphonomy and interpretation of reopened graves and led ÖAW activities in the EU project ARIADNE. In 2014, she founded the OREA ÖAW research group Digital Archaeology and was the research group leader until 2018. She was PI of the go!digital project Digitizing Early Farming Cultures (2014-2017) and since 2015, she has been the scientific coordinator of ‘A Puzzle in 4D: digital preservation and reconstruction of an Egyptian palace’.

Her main research expertise lies in mortuary- and digital archaeology and the early medieval period.


  • Aspöck, Edeltraud, Stefan Eichert, Maria Theodoridou, Achille Felicetti, and Nina Richards. 2023. Integrating Data on Early Medieval Graves: Mapping the THANADOS database to the ARIADNE infrastructure with the Mortuary Data Application Profile. In: Aspöck, Edeltraud and Julian Richards (Eds.),Internet ArchaeologyInternet Archaeology 64Internet Archaeology 64.
  • Aspöck, Edeltraud, Julian Richards (Eds.). 2023. International Data Aggregation for Archaeological Research and Heritage Management: the ARIADNE experience. Internet Archaeology 64.
  • Richards, Julian D., Edeltraud Aspöck, and Franco Niccolucci. 2023. Introduction. International Data Aggregation for Archaeological Research and Heritage Management: the ARIADNE experience. In: Internet ArchaeologyInternet Archaeology 6464.
  • Aspöck, E., G. Hiebel, K. Kopetzky, M. Ďurčo, P. Andorfer, M. Trognitz, K. Burkhart, et al. 2022. Tell el-Daba (Egypt) documentation archive [Data set].
  • Aspöck, Edeltraud, Maria Theodoridou, and Achille Felicetti. 2022. Types of burial data and proposal of a Mortuary Data Application Profile for ARIADNEplus (WP4.4.14) (1.2): Zenodo.
  • Aspöck, Edeltraud, Karina Gerdau-Radonić, and Astrid Noterman. 2022. Reopening graves for the removal of objects and bones: Cultural practices and looting. In: Knüsel, Christopher J. and Eline M. J. Schotsmans (Eds.),The Routledge Handbook of Archaeothanatology. London: Routledge, p. 277-310.

Publications (Before ACDH)




Aspöck, E. 2018. "A high-resolution approach to the formation processes of a reopened early Bronze Age inhumation grave in Austria: Taphonomy of human remains." Quaternary International 474, Part B, 131-145. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2018.02.028.


Aspöck, E. 2016. "Comment paper: J. T. Watson and D. Phelps, Violence and Perimortem signaling among Early Irrigation Communities in the Sonoran Desert." Current Anthropology 57, 5: 600-601. doi: 10.1086/688256


Aspöck, E. and R. Y. Banerjea 2016. "Formation processes of a re-opened early Bronze Age inhumation grave in Austria: The soil thin section analyses." Journal of Archaeological Science Reports 10, 791-809. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.07.003


Aspöck, E. 2013. "Projektstart ARIADNE - Eine europäische Forschungsinfrastruktur für Archäologische entsteht." Archäologie Österreichs 242: 14.


Weiss-Krejci, E., E. Aspöck and M. Hall 2013. "Archaeology meets modern art: artists' approaches to prehistoric data." Session Report. TEA The European Archaeologist 40 Winter 2013/2014: 45-48.


Aspöck, E. and A. M. Klevnäs 2011. "Past ‘disturbances’ of graves: the reopening of graves for ‘grave-robbery’ and other practices." Session report, EAA 2011. TEA The European Archaeologist 36 Winter 2011/2012: 66-70.


Lochner, M., Hellerschmid, I. and E. Aspöck 2011. "The „UK-Forum“. An online discussion board for Urnfield Culture UK cemeteries in Central Europe and for cremation graves in general." TEA The European Archaeologist 35 Summer 2011, 53-54.


Aspöck, E. 2011. "Past ‘disturbances’ of graves as a source: taphonomy and interpretation of reopened early medieval inhumation graves at Brunn am Gebirge Austria and Winnall II England." Oxford Journal of Archaeology 303: 299–324. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0092.2011.00370.x


Aspöck, E., Hellerschmid, I. and Lochner, M. 2011: "UK-Forum: a review of the first ten months of interdisciplinary digital communication." ARHEO 28, 159–164.


Aspöck, E. 2005. "Graböffnungen im Frühmittelalter und das Fallbeispiel der langobardenzeitlichen Gräber von Brunn am Gebirge, Flur Wolfholz, Niederösterreich." Archaeologia Austriaca 87: 225–264.


Aspöck, E. and P. Stadler 2005. "Die langobardenzeitlichen Gräber von Brunn am Gebirge, Flur Wolfholz, Niederösterreich." Archaeologia Austriaca 87: 169-224.


Aspöck, E. 2001. "Merowingerzeitliche Grabfunde aus Fischlham- Hafeld, Reste eines Baierischen Reihengräberfeldes." Jahrbuch des oberösterreichischen Musealvereines 1461: 235-266.


Conference proceedings and book chapters


Aspöck, E. 2018. "Frühmittelalterliche Graböffnungen: von der unbeliebten Störung archäologischer Quellen zur beliebten  archäologischen Quelle." In Drauschke, J., Kislinger, E., Kühtreiber, K., Kühtreiber, T., Scharrer-Liška, G. and T. Vida Hrsg. Lebenswelten zwischen Archäologie und Geschichte. Festschrift für Falko Daim zu seinem 65. Geburtstag Monographien des RGZM 150: 3-14.


Hall, M. A., L. Tait, E. Aspöck, and E. Weiss-Krejci 2017. "Archaeology Entangled: Appropriating Archaeological Narratives, Interpreting Stone Balls and Interviewing Artists." In Khreisheh, A. Hrsg.: The Museum Archaeologist 36 Conference Proceedings Portsmouth 2013 and Colchester 2014: 28-46.


Štuhec, S., E. Aspöck, A. Masur, P. Andorfer, K. Zaytseva 2016. "Putting 3D models into context. Schachermeyr pottery collection and the DEFC app." Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Archaeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation. Advanced 3D Documentation, Modelling and Reconstruction of Cultural Heritage, Monuments and Sites, 5. – 7. Sept. 2016, Valencia, Spain.


Andorfer, P., Aspöck, E., Ďurčo, M., Masur, A., Zaytseva, K. 2016. "The DEFC-App: A Web-based Archaeological Data Management System for ‘Digitizing Early Farming Cultures’." In Digital Humanities 2016: Conference Abstracts. Jagiellonian University & Pedagogical University, Kraków, pp. 726-728. - URL:


Aspöck, E. 2015. "Funerary and post-depositional body treatments at the middle Anglo-Saxon cemetery Winnall II: norm, variety and forms of deviance? " In: Z. L. Devlin and E.-J. Graham Hrsg.. Death embodied. Archaeological approaches to the treatment of the corpse. Studies in funerary Archaeology Series. Oxford, Oxbow Books: 86-108.


Aspöck, E. 2015. "Cross-cultural interpretations and archaeological context: a reopened early Bronze Age grave in Weiden am See, Austria." In: Gardeła, L. and Kajkowski, K. Hrsg. Conference Proceedings Motifs through the Ages 2, Limbs, Bones and Reopened Graves in Past Societies: 21-46.


Aspöck, E., K. Kopetzky, B. Horejs, M. Bietak, M. Kucera and W. Neubauer 2015. "A Puzzle in 4D: Digital Preservation and Reconstruction of an Egyptian Palace." In: Proceedings of Digital Heritage International Congress 2015, 28. Sept. - 2. Oct., Granada, Spain. doi: 10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419596.


Aspöck, E., A. Masur 2015. "Digitizing Early Farming Cultures. Customizing the Arches Heritage Inventory & Management System." In: Proceedings of Digital Heritage International Congress 2015, 28. Sept. - 2. Oct., Granada, Spain. doi: 10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2015.7419549.


Aspöck, E. and M. Fera 2015. "3D-GIS für die taphonomische Auswertung eines wiedergeöffneten Körpergrabes." AGIT - Journal für Angewandte Geoinformatik 1: 2-9. doi: 10.14627/537557001.URL:


Doerr, M., M. Theodoridou, E. Aspöck and A. Masur 2015. "Mapping archaeological databases to CIDOC-CRM." In: Proceedings of the 43rd Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Keep The Revolution Going CAA, 30. March – 2. April 2015, Siena, Italy.{77DEDD4E-DE8F-43A4-B115-ABE0BB038DA7}


Aspöck, E. and G. Geser 2014. "What is an archaeological research infrastructure and why do we need it? Aims and challenges of ARIADNE." In: Proceedings of 18th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies CHNT, 11. - 13. Nov. 2013. Stadtarchäologie, Museen der Stadt Wien, Wien. – URL:


Masur, A., K. May, G. Hiebel and E. Aspöck 2014. "Comparing and mapping archaeological excavation data from different recording systems for integration using ontologies." In: Proceedings of 18th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies CHNT, 11. - 13. Nov. 2013. Stadtarchäologie, Museen der Stadt Wien, Wien. – URL:


Aspöck, E. 2013. "Über die Variabilität von Totenpraktiken. Oder: Probleme einer dichotomen Auffassung von Toten- bzw. Bestattungsbrauchtum." In Müller-Scheessel, N. Hrsg.. Irreguläre Bestattungen in der Urgeschichte: Norm, Ritual,Strafe ...? - Akten der Internationalen Tagung in Frankfurt a. M. vom 3. bis 5. Februar 2012 Kolloquien zur Vor- und Frühgeschichte, 19: 25-38. Frankfurt am Main: Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts.


Aspöck, E. 2008. "What actually is a ‘deviant burial’? Comparing German-language and Anglophone research on ‘deviant burials’." In Murphy, E. Hrsg.. Deviant burials in the archaeological record Studies in Funerary Archaeology 2: 17-34. Oxford: Oxbow Books.  




Aspöck, E. 2016. "Book review: Angelika Abegg-Wigg, Nina Lau Hrsg., Kammergräber im Barbaricum: Zu Einflüssen und Übergangsphänomenen von der vorrömischen Eisenzeit bis in die Völkerwanderungszeit. Internationale Tagung, Schleswig, 25.–27. November 2010. Schriften des archäologischen Landesmuseum, Ergänzungsreihe 9. Wachholtz, Neumünster – Hamburg 2014, 448 Seiten, 266 Farb- und s/w Abbildungen, Paperback, ISBN 978-3-529-01879-4." Archaeologia Austriaca 100, 300-303. doi: 10.1553/archaeologia100s300


Aspöck, E. 2015. "Book review: Chris Fowler. The Emergent Past: A Relational Realist Archaeology of Early Bronze Age Mortuary Practices Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, 352pp. 26 b/w illustr., 14 maps, 6 charts, 25 tables, hbk, ISBN 978-0-19-965637-0." European Journal of Archaeology 184: 731-734.


Aspöck, E. 2012. "Review: Werner Herzog, director, writer, narrator. Cave of Forgotten Dreams Producer: Erik Nelson, Adrienne Ciuffo; Executive Producers: Erik Nelson, Dave Harding, JulianHobbs, Tabitha Jackson; Cinematographer: Peter Zeitlinger; Editors: Joe Bini, Maya Hawke; Sound: Eric Spitzer; Music: Ernst Reijseger; International Sales Agent: Sub-marine Entertainment; Production Company: Creative Differences Productions, Inc.; 2010, 3D, 90 minutes." European Journal of Archaeology 152: 327-332.




Fentress, E., E. Aspöck, K. Fernie and H. Wright 2016. "Archiving Initiatives for Archaeological Sites in Europe ARIADNE EU Infrastructure Project."


Edeltraud Aspöck, Helga Di Giuseppe, Elizabeth Fentress, Guntram Geser, Anja Masur, Jessica Ogden, Teija Oikarinen und Despoina Tsiafakis 2015. "Survey of Excavation Data Management Excavation and Monument Data SIG, ARIADNE EU Infrastructure Project"


Aspöck, E. and D. Russ 2003. "Ausgrabungen im Bereich einer frühbronzezeitlichen Siedlung am südlichen Ortsrand von Stoitzendorf." Fundberichte Österreich 42: 486-493.


Aspöck, E. and O. Schmitsberger, 2003. "Rettungsgrabungen im Bereich einer prähistorischen Siedlung am nördlichen Ortsrand von Stoitzendorf." Fundberichte Österreich 42: 494-499.


Russ, D. and E. Aspöck 2003. "Weitere Rettungsgrabungen in Platt, Siedlung Brunnfeld." Fundberichte Österreich 42: 480-485.