Mag. Dr.

Edeltraud Aspöck


... is leading ÖAW activities in the EU H2020 archaeology infrastructure project ARIADNEplus and also represents Austria in the COST Action SEADDA (CA 15201, Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Ages), where she is also the coordinator of short term scientific missions.

Her research expertise lies in digital archaeology, archaeology of the early medieval period and mortuary archaeology.

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’.


  • Aspöck, Edeltraud. 2019. Moving towards an Open Archaeology: projects, opportunities and challenges / Auf dem Weg zu einer offenen Archäologie: Projekte, Chancen und Herausforderungen. In: Mitteilungen der Vereinigung Österreichischer Bibliothekarinnen und Bibliothekare72, p. 538-554.
  • Aspöck, Edeltraud. 2019. ARIADNE and ARIADNEplus in Austria. In: Richards, Julian and Franco Niccolucci (Eds.),The ARIADNE Impact. Budapest, p. 51-62.
  • Štuhec, Seta, Edeltraud Aspöck, Anja Masur, Peter Andorfer, and Ksenia Zaytseva. 2016. Putting 3D models into context – the Schachermeyr pottery collection and the DEFC app. In: Lerma, José Luis and Miriam Cabrelles (Eds.),Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Archeology, Computer Graphics, Cultural Heritage and Innovation 'ARQUEOLÓGICA 2.0' in Valencia (Spain), Sept. 5 – 7, 2016, p. 449-451.
  • Kraker, Peter, Daniel Dörler, Andreas Ferus, Robert Gutounig, Florian Heigl, Christian Kaier, Katharina Rieck, et al. 2016. The Vienna Principles: A Vision for Scholarly Communication in the 21st Century.
  • Aspöck, Edeltraud, Anja Masur, Seta Štuhec, Peter Andorfer, and Ksenia Zaytseva. 2016. Digitizing Early Farming Cultures: Making new use of digital and analogue resources from Neolithic sites in Greece and Anatolia.. Wien.
  • Andorfer, Peter, Edeltraud Aspöck, Matej Ďurčo, Anja Masur, and Ksenia Zaytseva. The DEFC-App: A Web-based Archaeological Data Management System for ‘Digitizing Early Farming Cultures’.

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.