Sabina Cveček

, MA


FG »Prehistoric Phenomena«


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Sabina is a socio-cultural anthropologist specializing in the interpretation of non-state social organization in Aegean and Anatolian prehistory through an interdisciplinary perspective. Based on the historical comparison, she uses multiple lines of prehistoric evidence (analyzed by archaeologists) and ethnographic insights (collected by ethnographers) to uncover shared patterns and draw new insights. In addition to her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna, Austria (2021), Sabina also holds an MA CREOLE: Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Vienna (2012-2015) and a BA in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Ljubljana (2009-2012).

As part of her PhD research, Sabina worked alongside prehistoric archaeologists within an interdisciplinary DOC-team research project “Households at the Dawn of the Bronze Age – Contextualizing Local Social Organization in the Eastern Mediterranean from Anthropological Perspectives”, funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (70291). Since 2016, Sabina has gained experiences as an archaeological anthropologist, having worked alongside prehistoric archaeologists in the field (Greece, Turkey). Since joining the ‘Prehistoric Phenomena’ research group at the Austrian Archaeological Institute as a Post-DocTrack fellow (85076) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in March 2021, Sabina has been working on publishing her PhD results and preparing a new project. Her monograph titled “Çukuriçi Höyük 4: Household economics in the Early Bronze Age Aegean” will soon be published in the OREA book series of the Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

In addition to her recent research activities at the OeAI, Sabina was also an ATHEN fellow at the Austrian Archaeological Institute in Athens (2021), an IFK_Junior Fellow at Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (International Research Center for Cultural Studies) in Vienna, Austria (2020/2021), and a visiting researcher at The International Max Planck Research School for the Anthropology, Archaeology, and History of Eurasia at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale (2019).


    • Interdisciplinary approaches towards studying non-state societies
    • Early Bronze Age Aegean and Anatolia
    • household archaeology and social organization
    • socio-political models and kinship practices in non-state societies
    • exchange networks and subsistence



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