Thomas Zimmermann graduated from the University of Regensburg, where he completed his studies in Pre- and Protohistory, European Ethnology and Classical Archaeology. For his PhD project he was based in the Römisch-Germanische Zentralmuseum Mainz, studying Copper Age burials with daggers in their technological and social dimensions, as part of of the Early Elites Research Cluster. In 2003, he succumbed to oriental lure and moved to Türkiye, where he is currently appointed as Associate Professor at the Department of Archaeology at Bilkent University, Ankara. His versatile research interests include science in archaeology, early metallurgy, the emergence of elites in 3rd millennium BC Asia Minor, and the history of archaeological methodology. He has published numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals; his MA and PhD theses have appeared as monographs (RGZM Catalogue and Monograph Series, 2006 and 2007); and he co-edited the “Sacred Landscapes in Anatolia” conference proceedings with Charles Gates and Jacques Morin (BAR International Series, 2009). That aside, he loves to accumulate mechanical timepieces, old maps and Star Wars collectibles.

Research Interests

European prehistory, Anatolian prehistory, Early metallurgy