Selected Publications from Dr. Werner Vach


  • Zaugg, C., Guggisberg, M.A., Vach, W., Cooper, M.J., Gerling, C. (2023) Mapping Strontium Isotope Geographical Variability as a Basis for Multi-regional Human Mobility: The Sybaris Region (S Italy) in the Early 1st Millennium BC. Environmental Archaeology,


  • Mani-Caplazi G, Vach W, Wittwer-Backofen U, Hotz G. The concordance of signals based on irregular incremental lines in the human tooth cementum with documented pregnancies: Results from a systematic approach. PLoS One. 2022 Sep 9;17(9):e0267336. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0267336. PMID: 36084086; PMCID: PMC9462792.
  • Navitainuck, D.U., Vach, W., Pichler, S.L., Alt, K.W. (2022) Age-at-death estimation in archaeological samples: Differences in population means resulting from different aging methods can be predicted from the mean ages of method-specific reference samples. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 32( 6), 1226– 1237.
  • Brönnimann, D., Rissannen, H., Spichtig, N., Wimmer, J., unter Mitarbeit von Gottardi, C., Knipper, C., Kühn, M., Müller-Kissing, M., Pichler, S., Rentzel, P., Stopp, B., Vach, W., Warnberg, O., Alt, K.W., Schibler, J., Röder, B., Lassau, G. (2022) Wissenschaftlicher Bericht: Die jüngerlatènezeitliche Zentralsiedlung Basel-Gasfabrik im Fokus: Ausgewählte Ergebnisse der interdisziplinären Forschung. Jahresbericht der Archäologischen Bodenforschung Basel-Stadt 2021, 116-152.
  • Vach, W., Alder, C., Pichler, S. (2022) Analyzing coarsened categorical data with or without probabilistic information. The Stata Journal 22 (1) 158–194.


  • Indra, L., Vach, W., Desideri, J., Besse, M., Pichler, S. 2021 Testing the validity of population-specific sex estimation equations: An evaluation based on talus and patella measurements. Science & Justice 61(5).
  • Nicklisch, N., Schierz, O., Enzmann, F., Knipper, C., Held, P., Vach, W., Dresely, V., Meller, H., Friedrich, S., Alt, K.W. 2021. Dental pulp calcifications in prehistoric and historical skeletal remains. Annals of  Anatomy  235:151675.


  • Ismail‐Meyer, K., Vach, W., Rentzel, P., 2020. Do still waters run deep? Formation processes of natural and anthropogenic deposits in the Neolithic wetland site Zug-Riedmatt (Switzerland). Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 35: 921– 951.


  • Mani-Caplazi, G., Hotz, G., Wittwer-Backofen, U., Vach, W., 2019. Measuring incremental line width and appearance in the tooth cementum of recent and archaeological human teeth to identify irregularities: First insights using a standardized protocol. International Journal of Paleopathology 27, 24–37.


  • Münster, A., Knipper, C., Oelze, V.M., Nicklisch, N., Stecher, M., Schlenker, B., Ganslmeier, R., Fragata, M., Friederich, S., Dresely, V., Hubensack, V., Brandt, G., Döhle, H.-J., Vach, W., Schwarz, R., Metzner-Nebelsick, C., Meller, H., Alt, K.W., 2018. 4000 years of human dietary evolution in central Germany, from the first farmers to the first elites. PLOS ONE 13, e0194862.
  • Bopp‐Ito, M., Deschler‐Erb, S., Vach, W., Schibler, J., 2018. Size diversity in Swiss Bronze Age cattle. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 28, 294–304.
  • Brönnimann, D., Portmann, C., Pichler, S.L., Booth, T.J., Röder, B., Vach, W., Schibler, J., Rentzel, P., 2018. Contextualising the dead – Combining geoarchaeology and osteo-anthropology in a new multi-focus approach in bone histotaphonomy. Journal of Archaeological Science 98, 45–58.


  • Steiner, B.L., Antolín, F., Vach, W., Jacomet, S., 2017. Subsampling of large-volume samples in waterlogged sediments. A time-saving strategy or a source of error? Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 245, 10–27.


  • Alt, K.W., Benz, M., Vach, W., Simmons, T.L., Goring-Morris, A.N., 2015. Insights into the Social Structure of the PPNB Site of Kfar HaHoresh, Israel, Based on Dental Remains. PLoS One 10. 
  • Antolín, F., Steiner, B.L., Vach, W., Jacomet, S., 2015. What is a litre of sediment? Testing volume measurement techniques for wet sediment and their implications in archaeobotanical analyses at the Late Neolithic lake-dwelling site of Parkhaus Opéra (Zürich, Switzerland). Journal of Archaeological Science 61, 36–44. 


  • Alt, K.W., Benz, M., Müller, W., Berner, M.E., Schultz, M., Schmidt-Schultz, T.H., Knipper, C., Gebel, H.-G.K., Nissen, H.J., Vach, W., 2013. Earliest Evidence for Social Endogamy in the 9,000-Year-Old-Population of Basta, Jordan. PLOS ONE 8, e65649. 



  • Alt, K.W., Burger, J., Simons, A., Schön, W., Grupe, G., Hummel, S., Grosskopf, B., Vach, W., Téllez, C.B., Fischer, C.-H., Möller-Wiering, S., Shrestha, S.S., Pichler, S.L., Driesch, A. von den, 2003. Climbing into the past—first Himalayan mummies discovered in Nepal. Journal of Archaeological Science 30, 1529–1535.


  • Alt, K.W., Vach, W., 1998. Kinship Studies in Skeletal Remains — Concepts and Examples, in: Alt, K.W., Rösing, F.W., Teschler-Nicola, M. (Eds.), Dental Anthropology: Fundamentals, Limits and Prospects. Springer, Vienna, pp. 537–554. 



  • Sasse, B., Theune, C., Vach, W., 1996. Perlen als Leittypen der Merowingerzeit. Germania : Anzeiger der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 74, 187–231. 


  • Alt, K.W., Vach, W., Munz, M., 1995. Hallstattzeitliche Grabhügel im Spiegel ihrer biologischen und sozialen Strukturen am Beispiel des Hügelgräberfeldes von Dattingen, Kr. Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald. Germania, 73,1-2.


  • Alt, K.W., Vach, W., 1991. The Reconstruction of “Genetic Kinship” in Prehistoric Burial Complexes — Problems and Statistics, in: Bock, H.-H., Ihm, P. (Eds.), Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization, Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 299–310.


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