Research interests

I am an archaeologist focusing on the application of bioarchaeological methods, i.e. strontium and light stable isotope analysis, to study human and faunal mobility, dietary and economic patterns, and social structure in prehistoric Europe.

I am particularly interested in:

  • The Neolithic and Bronze Age in central and eastern Europe
  • Animal management, land use and economic systems in the past
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Landscape archaeology

I have carried out projects in many parts of Europe, including Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, and Turkey, on archaeological materials dating to the early Neolithic to the Post-Medieval period. My current research includes human regional mobility and migration in Iron Age Italy and human-animal relationships along the Rhine during Roman times.


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2018Research Associate, University of Basel
2013 - 2018Postdoctoral Researcher (SNF, SNF-ERA-NET, Research Fund Junior Researchers University of Basel), University of Basel, and Honorary Research Associate, University of Bristol (UK)
2012 - 2013Postdoctoral Researcher, Topoi Excellence Cluster, Freie und Humboldt Universität Berlin (Germany)
2008 - 2012

PhD fellow, Topoi Excellence Cluster, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) and University of Bristol (UK)  

Dr. phil. «Prehistoric Mobility and Palaeodiet in Western Eurasia. Stable Isotope Analysis of Human Populations and Domesticated Animals between 3500 and 300 cal BC» (publ. 2015)

2000 - 2006

Studies in Prehistory, Classical Archaeology and History of Arts in Würzburg (Germany), Vienna (Austria), and Naples (Italy)

M.A. «Das linearbandkeramische Gräberfeld von Schwetzingen, Rhein-Neckar-Kreis» (publ. 2012)


Dr. Claudia Gerling
Integrative Prähistorische und Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie (IPNA)
Spalenring 145
4055 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 42 38