Kerstin Kowarik

Postdoctoral Fellow

RG »Prehistoric Identities«


Telephone: +43 1 51581-6132

Location: Dominikanerbastei 16 | 1010 Vienna

Biographical sketch

Prehistoric archaeologist with a research focus on the European metal ages. Her research centers on human-environment interaction, prehistoric dietary patterns, risk management and crisis and coping (natural hazards, physical stress), and Alpine archaeology. Methods include bioarchaeological and geoarchaeological approaches, interdisciplinary analysis of sedimentary archives and GIS-based approaches.

After her doctorate at the University of Vienna on the supply structures and environmental relationships of the prehistoric Hallstatt salt mines in 2016, Kerstin Kowarik held postdoctoral positions at the University of Vienna and the Natural History Museum Vienna. Her work focused on human-environment interaction in the Alpine region with regard to resource use and the management of natural hazards. Since June 2023, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Archaeological Institute (ÖAI), Department »Prehistory & West Asian/Northeast African Archaeology« (RG »Prehistoric Identities«).

    Research Projects

    Research interests

    • Human-environment-interaction
    • Riskmanagement and coping strategies
    • Landscape Archaeology
    • Prehistoric dietary patterns
    • Use and settlement history of the Alpine zone
    • Interdisciplinary analysis of sedimentary archives
    • Bio- and geoarchaeology



    Journal Publication (2)