Peter F. Biehl

380 MFAC Ellicott Complex

SUNY Buffalo | Buffalo NY 14261
(716) 645-0407





Academic Appointment

Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology



July 1995: Ph.D. in Archaeology. Institut für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Department of Prehistory and Protohistory), University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken, Germany.

1985-1995: Undergraduate and graduate studies in prehistory, protohistory, history, sociocultural anthropology, German literature and geology at: University of Saarbrücken, Germany; University of Munich, Germany; Sorbonne University and Nanterre University Paris, France.

Research Interests

Archaeology of Europe and the Near East; Climate Change in the Past and Present; Method and Theory; Social Meaning of Visual Imagery and Representation; Art, Symbolism and Religion; Digital Humanities; Museum Studies and Management; Cultural Heritage.

Current Research Projects

Culture and Climate Change in Central Anatolia: West Mound at Catalhoyuk

Leonardo Da Vinci II Lifelong Learning Programme: E-learning as a tool of knowledge transfer in the field of protection and management of archaeological heritage

Cravens World Open Knowledge

Excavating Art

The Colonization of Europe: The Podgori Research Project in Albania

Sinking Ponds in East Aurora, New York

Time and Memory


Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA)

European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)

German Archaeological Institute (DAI)

Center for Black Sea Archaeology (ZAKS)

Selected Publications


in press Biehl, P.F. & Rosenstock, E. (eds.), 6,000 BC: Times of Change in the Near East and Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013 Biehl, P.F. & Prescott, C. (eds.), Heritage in the Context of Globalization. Europe and the Americas. New York: Springer.

2010 Biehl, P.F. (ed.), Cravens World. The Human Aesthetic. University at Buffalo Art Galleries.

2008 Biehl, P.F. & Rassamakin, J. (eds.), Import and Imitation in Archaeology. Schriften des Zentrums für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte des Schwarzmeerraumes, Vol. 11. Weissbach: Beier & Beran.

2003 Studien zum Sym bolgut der Kupferzeit und des Neolithikums in Südosteuropa. Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, Bd. 64. Bonn: Dr. Rudolt Habelt Verlag.

2002 Biehl, P.F., Gramsch, A. & Marciniak, A. (eds.), Archaeologies of Europe. History, Methods and Theories/ Archäologien Europas. Geschichte, Methoden und Theorien. Tübinger Archäologische Taschenbücher 4. Waxmann Verlag: Münster, New York, München, Berlin.

2001 Biehl, P.F. & Bertemes, F. (eds.), The Archaeology of Cult and Religion. Archaeolingua: Budapest.

Articles and book chapters [selected]

2012 "One Community and Two Tells: The Phenomenon of Relocating Tell Settlements at the Turn of the 7th and 6th Millennia in Central Anatolia." In: Müller, J. (ed.), Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes. Kiel: Offa, 53-66 (with I. Franz, S. Ostaptchouk, D. Orton, J. Rogasch & E. Rosenstock).

2012 "From Mega-Site to Mega-Region: Çatalhöyük and the Konya Plain at the turn of the 6th millennium BC." In: R. Matthews (ed.), Mega-cities and Mega-sites. Proceedings of the the 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (7ICAANE), 12.-16. April 2010 London, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 17-33.

2012 "Religion and Ritual Practice in Neolithic Europe." In: Yorke M. Rowan (ed.) Beyond Belief: Archaeology of Religion and Ritual. Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, AP3A, 19, 130-146.

2011 "Archaeological Knowledge Production and Dissemination in the Digital Age." In: Eric C. Kansa, Sarah Whitcher Kansa & Ethan Watrall (eds.), Archaeology 2.0: New Approaches To Communication and Collaboration. Monographs of the Cotsen Institute UCLA: Los Angeles, 119-155 (with R. Boast).

2010 "Representing the Human Body: Figurines of the Neolithic and Chalcolithic of Southeast Europe." V. Becker/M. Thomas/A. Wolf-Schuler (Hrsg.), Zeiten – Kulturen – Systeme. Gedenkschrift für Jan Lichardus. Schriften des Zentrums für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte des Schwarzmeerraumes Bd. 17 (Langenweißbach 2009), 103-110.

2010 "Measuring Time in the European Neolithic via Circular Enclosures." In: Morley, I. and Renfrew C. (eds.), The Archaeology of Measurement. Comprehending Heaven, Earth and Time in Ancient Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 229-244.

2010 "Theoretical and Methodological Impact of the New Media in Archaeology." In: Proceedings of Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA) Florence 2004, Budapest: Archaeolingua, 527-533.

2009 "The Past in the Future: E-Learning, Multimedia and Archaeological Heritage in the Digital Age." In: London, H. (ed.), E-Learning Archaeology. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Publications, 158-175 (with F. Bertemes).

2009 "Von Çatalhöyük Ost nach Çatalhöyük West: Kulturelle Umbrüche an der Schwelle vom 7. zum 6. Jahrtausend cal BC in Zentralanatolien." In: Löhr, H. et. al. (eds.), Festschrift Andreas Furtwängler. Schriften des Zentrums für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte des Schwarzmeerraumes. Weissbach: Beier & Beran, 471-481 (with E. Rosenstock).

2007 "Enclosing Places: A Contextual Approach to Cult and Religion in Neolithic Central Europe." In: Malone, C. (eds.), Cult in Context. Comparative approaches to prehistoric and ethnographic religious practices. Oxford: Oxbow, 173-182.

2006 "Figurines in Action: Methods and Theories in Figurine Research." In: Festschrift Peter Ucko: A Future for Archaeology – the Past as the Present. R. Layton, St. Shennan and P. Stone (eds.), UCL Press: London, 199-215.

2006 "Materialität, Variabilität und Individualität kommunikativen Handelns in der Vorgeschichte." In: Pontos Euxeinos. Beiträge zur Archäologie und Geschichte des Antiken Schwarzmeer- und Balkanraumes. Festschrift Manfred Oppermann, S. Conrad et. al (eds.), Schriften des Zentrums für Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte des Schwarzmeerraumes 10. Weissbach: Beier & Beran, 23-34.

2005 "Archäologie Multimedial: Potential und Gefahren der Popularisierung in der Archäologie." Archäologisches Nachrichtenblatt 10, 2005, 240-252.

2003 "Theorien und Methoden der Stilanalyse." In M.K.H. Eggert et al. (eds.) Zwischen Erklären und Verstehen: Beiträge zu den erkenntnistheoretischen Grundlagen archäologischer Interpretation. Tübinger Archäologische Taschenbücher Band 2, Münster: Waxmann, 125-153 (with R. Gleser).

2002 "Hypermedia and Archaeology: A Methodological and Theoretical Framework." In: F. Niccolucci (ed.), Multimedia Communication for Cultural Heritage. Proceedings of the Multimedia Conference in Prato, Italy 2001, All’Insegna del Giglio: Florence, 147-153.

2000 "The Construction of Hierarchy: Rethinking the Copper Age in Southeast Europe." In: Michael W. Diehl (ed.), Hierarchies in Action: Cui Bono? Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper No. 27. Southern Illinois University: Carbondale, 181-209 (with A. Marciniak).

1999 "Analogy and Context: A Re-Construction of the Missing Link." In: Linda R. Owen & Martin Porr (eds.), Ethno-Analogy and the Reconstruction of Prehistoric Artefact Use and Production. Urgeschichtliche Materialhefte 14, MoVince Verlag: Tübingen, 13-26.

1997 "Overcoming the ‘Mother-Goddess-Movement’: A New Approach to the Study of Human Representations." In: A. Vasks (ed.), Selected Papers of the Second Annual Meeting European Association of Archaeologists in Riga/Latvia 1996, Proceedings of the Latvian Academy of Science, Section A, No. 5/6, 59-67.

1996 "Symbolic Communication Systems. Symbols on Anthropomorphic Figurines in Neolithic and Chalcolithic Southeast Europe." In: Journal of European Archaeology Vol. 4, 1996, 153-176.