Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr.

Katharina Rebay-Salisbury

Group Leader

RG »Prehistoric Identities«


Telephone: +43 1 51581-6132

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

Biographical sketch

Prehistoric archaeologist with a research focus on the European Bronze and Iron Ages, leader of the research group ‘Prehistoric Identities’. After gaining her PhD at the University of Vienna in 2005, Katharina Rebay-Salisbury was a post-doc at the Universities of Cambridge and Leicester in the UK, where she participated in research programmes on the human body and networks, researching the introduction of cremation in Late Bronze Age Europe and Iron Age networks of human representations. Her monograph ‘The Human Body in Early Iron Age Central Europe’ was published with Routledge in 2016. She returned to Vienna in 2015, with an FWF-funded project on the social status of motherhood in Bronze Age Europe. In the same year, she was awarded the ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘The value of mothers to society’. In this project, she investigates social reactions to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood as well as the relationship between women’s reproductive and social status with an interdisciplinary team.

2016 she was elected member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In 2017, she gained the teaching rights at the University of Vienna for the subject Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology with the Habilitation thesis ‘Bodies, identities and social relations in Bronze and Iron Age Central Europe’.

    Research Projects

    Research interests

    • Archaeology of motherhood
    • Archaeology of the human body, gender, identity and personhood
    • Bio-archaeology, anthropology, DNA, isotopes
    • Mortuary archaeology, cremation and inhumation
    • Bronze and Iron Age Europe, social complexity
    • Intersections of the prehistoric and classical worlds of the first millennium BC
    • History of archaeological thought, theory and practice



    Journal Publication (22)

    Book/Monograph (2)

    Conference Contribution: Publication in Proceedings (1)

    Contribution in Collection (25)

    Editorship (7)

    Habilitation (1)

    Book or Essay review (5)