Prof. Dr.

Barbara Horejs

Scientific Director and Head Dpt. of Prehistory & WANA-Archaeology


Telephone: +43 (1) 51581 - 6122

Location: Hollandstraße 11–13, 5th floor | 1020 Vienna

Biographical sketch

Studies of Prehistory and Protohistory as well as Classical Archeology at the Universities of Vienna, Athens and Berlin. Graduation with “Summa cum laude” at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2005, subsequently holder of the travel grant of the German Archaeological Institute (2005/06). Awarded with the FWF START prize in 2010 as well as an ERC Starting Grant in 2011. 2011–2012 Director of the Young Curia of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW). Since 2013–2020 Director of the Institute for Oriental and European Archeology (OREA) at the ÖAW. Since 2021 Scientific Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute at the ÖAW. 2015 awarding of an honorary professorship at the University of Tübingen in the field of Prehistory and Protohistory. Since 2015 Corresponding Member of the Division of Humanities and the Social Sciences of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and since 2016 Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). Since 2020 Member of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). (Co-)Editor of the journal Archaeologia Austriaca as well as of the series Mitteilungen der Prähistorischen Kommission (MPK), Mykenische Studien and Oriental and European Archaeology (OREA). Head of excavations, surveys and material culture studies in Turkey, Greece and the Balkans.

    Research Projects

    Head of the Research Group Prehistoric Phenomena

    Research interests

    • Prehistoric archeology in Southeast Europe and West Asia
    • Neolithic – Copper Age – Bronze Age
    • Excavations, geoarchaeological surveys and landscape archaeology
    • Neolithisation, intensification & centralisation
    • Knowledge transfer, communication networks, material studies, innovation and technologies
    • Scientific analysis and its evaluation with interdisciplinary and international teams
    • Creation of primary data through archaeological fieldwork (excavations and survey)



    Peer Reviewed Journal Publication (22)

    Book/Monograph (2)

    Conference Contribution: Publication in Proceedings (19)

    Contribution in Collection (26)

    Editorship (10)

    Other Publication (1)