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Dr. Isabell Schmidt

Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte
Weyertal 125, 50931 Köln
Raum 0.01

Telefon: +49 (0)221.470-6522
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Lebenslauf von Isabell Schmidt



2013: Promotion in Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität zu Köln: Solutrean Points of the Iberian Peninsula – Tool making and using behavior of hunter-gatherers during the Last Glacial Maximum.

2008: Magister in Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität zu Köln: Technologische Analyse des Middle-Stone-Age-Inventars von Etemba 14 (Erongo/Namibia).

2002–2008: Universität zu Köln: Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Kunstgeschichte, Mittlere und Neuere Geschichte

2006: Universität Kapstadt: Archaeology, Historical Studies

2000–2002: Universität Paderborn: Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Philosophie, Kulturantropologie



Seit 2021: Vertretung der Assistentin und Fachstudienberaterin am Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität zu Köln

2014-2021: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt E1 (SFB 806): Population Dynamics. Universität zu Köln

2016, 2020: Elternteilzeit

Seit 2014: Projektleitung "At the margins of Late Pleistocene subcontinental networks" (UoC Postdoc Grant)

2013-2014: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Universität zu Köln

2012: Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Neanderthal Museum

2009–2012: Promotionsstipendium der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

2005-2006: Jahresstipendium des DAAD, University of Cape Town (Praxis- und Studienjahr)



Population Dynamics: Demographic Changes of Hunter-Gatherer Populations during the Upper Pleistocene and Early Holocene in Europe (SFB 806, Project E1)

At the Margins of Late Pleistocene Subcontinental Networks - Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Cultural, Chronological and Environmental Sequence of Pockenbank, Namibia





Schmidt, I., J. Cascalheira, N. Bicho & G.-Ch. Weniger, eds. (2019) Human Adaptations to the Last Glacial Maximum: The Solutrean and its Neighbors. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing. 540 p.  ISBN 978-1-5275-3848-1

Schmidt, I. (2015) Solutrean Points of the Iberian Peninsula. Tool making and using behaviour of hunter-gatherers during the Last Glacial Maximum. BAR International Series 2778, Oxford: Hadrian Books. 206 p. ISBN: 978-1-4073-1470-9



Otto, T., Schmidt, I., Weniger, G.-Ch. (submitted) Modeling social networks in a high-risk environment: a case study from the Magdalenian on the Iberian Peninsula. Journal of Archaeological Science.

Schmidt, I., G. Ossendorf, O. Bubenzer, F. Henselowsky, J. Luyt, J. Sealy, E. Hensel (accepted) Pockenbank rock shelter, Namibia. In: A. Beyin, D. K. Wright, J. Wilkins, A. Bouzouggar, D. I. Olszewski (eds.) Handbook of Pleistocene Archaeology of Africa. Springer.

Maier, A, P. Ludwig, A. Zimmermann, I. Schmidt (accepted) Ice Age’s sunny side – Solar insolation as potential long-term pacemaker for the demographic development in Europe between 43 and 15 ka ago. PaleoAnthropology.

Schmidt, I., B. Gehlen, A. Zimmermann (in press) Population estimates for the Final Palaeolithic (14,000 to 11,700 years cal. BP) of Europe – challenging evidence and methodological limitations. Bulletin de la Société préhistorique française.

Klein, K., C. Wegener, I. Schmidt, M. Rostami, P. Ludwig, S. Ulbrich, G.-C. Weniger, Y. Shao (2021) Human Existence Potential in Europe during the Last Glacial Maximum. Quaternary International 581-582: 7–27.

Schmidt, I., J. Hilpert, I. Kretschmer, R. Peters, M. Broich, S. Schiesberg, O. Vogles, K.P. Wendt, A. Zimmermann, A. Maier (2021) Approaching prehistoric demography: proxies, scales and scopes of the Cologne protocol for the European context. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B 376: 20190714. http://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2019.0714

Shao, Y., H. Limberg, K. Klein, C. Wegener, I. Schmidt, G.-C. Weniger, A. Hense, M. Rostami (2021) Human-Existence Probability of the Aurignacian Techno-complex under Extreme Climate Conditions. Quaternary Science Reviews 263: 106995. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.106995

Willmes, C., K. Niedziółka, B. Serbe, S.B. Grimm, D. Groß, A. Miebach, M. Märker, F. Henselowsky, A. Gamisch, M. Rostami, A. Mateos, J. Rodríguez, H. Limberg, I. Schmidt, M. Müller, E. Hölzchen, M. Holthausen, K. Klein, C. Wegener, B. Weninger, T.K. Nielsen, T. Otto, G.-C. Weniger, O. Bubenzer, G. Bareth (2020) State of the Art in Paleoenvironment Mapping for Modeling Applications in Archeology—Summary, Conclusions, and Future Directions from the PaleoMaps Workshop. Quaternary 3(2):13. https://doi.org/10.3390/quat3020013

Zimmermann, A., S. Scharl, I. Schmidt (2020) Demographic transitions—cycles and mobility in the Neolithic of Western Germany. In: Lachenal, T., R. Roure, G. Lemmercier (eds.) Demography and migration. Population trajectories from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. Proc. of the XVIIIth UISPP World Congress, 4–9 June 2018, Paris, France, Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 94–106.

Schmidt, I. & A. Zimmermann (2019) Population dynamics and socio-spatial organization of the Aurignacian: Scalable quantitative demographic data for western and central Europe. PLoSONE 14(2):e0211562. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211562

Schmidt, I. & A. Zimmermann (2018) Extremely low Population Densities and uninhabited Areas: Research on Population Dynamics of our Ancestors – Extrem geringe Bevölkerungsdichten und unbesiedelte Regionen: Forschungen zu den Populationsdynamiken unserer Vorfahren. Forschungen 2018/2019 Projekte der Philosopischen Fakultät. Universität zu Köln.

Schmidt, I. & O. Bubenzer (2017) Am Rande der Namib-Wüste: Neue geoarchäologische Untersuchungen zur Besiedlungsgeschichte des südlichen Namibia. Heinrich-Barth Kurier 17(1): 8–14.

Schmidt, I., G. Ossendorf, E. Hensel, O. Bubenzer, B. Eichhorn, L. Gessert, G. Gwasira, F. Henselowsky, E. Imalwa, M. Kehl, J. Rethemeyer, A. Röpke, J. Sealy, I. Stengel, M. Tusenius (2016) New investigations at the Middle Stone Age site of Pockenbank Rockshelter, Namibia. Antiquity 90(353). //antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/schmidt353.

Schmidt, I., G. Ossendorf, A. Bolten, O. Bubenzer (2016) Human occupation in southern Namibia during the Late Pleistocene – A geoarchaeological approach. Quaternary International 404(B): 186–187.

Maier, A., F. Lehmkuhl, P. Ludwig, M. Melles, I. Schmidt, Y. Shao, Ch. Zeeden, A. Zimmermann (2016) Demographic estimates of hunter-gatherers during the Last Glacial Maximum in Europe against the background of palaeoenvironmental data. Quaternary International 425: 49–61.

Kretschmer, I., A. Maier, I. Schmidt (2016) Probleme und mögliche Lösungen bei der Schätzung von Bevölkerungsdichten im Paläolithikum. In: Kerig, T., K. Nowak, G. Roth (eds.) Alles was zählt. Festschrift für Andreas Zimmermann. Bonn: Habelt, pp. 47–58.

Schmidt, I., A. Maier & I. Kretschmer (2016) Ist da draußen jemand? Zur Bevölkerungsdichte der letzten Eiszeit. Archäologie in Deutschland 3: 32–33.

Schmidt, I. (2015) Beyond Solutrean point types: technological organization and behavioral implications. Journal of Anthropological Research 71(4): 493–508.

Schmidt, I. (2015) At the Margins of Late Pleistocene SubcontinentalNetworks: Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Cultural, Chronological and Environmental Sequence of Pockenbank, Namibia. Forschungen 2015/2016. Universität zu Köln, 52–53.

Schmidt, I., V. Mom (2015) Shape and technological organization of lithic Solutrean points from Iberia: A computational approach for exploring the diversity of shapes. In: A. Traviglia (ed.) Across Space and Time. Selected Papers from the 41st Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Conference. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 475–481.

Peresani M., M. Romandini, R. Duches, C. Jéquier, N. Nannini, A. Pastoors, A. Picin, I. Schmidt, M. Vaquero, G.-Ch. Weniger (2014) New evidence for the Mousterian and Gravettian at Rio Secco Cave, Italy.  Journal of Field Archaeology 39(4): 401–416.

Menéndez Fernández, M., G-Ch. Weniger, D. Álvarez-Alonso, M. de Andrés-Herrero, E. García, J. Jordá Pardo, M. Kehl, J. Rojo, J. M. Quesada & I. Schmidt (2014) La cueva de La Güelga. Cangas de Onís. Asturias. In: R. Sala Ramos (ed.): Los cazadores recolectores del Pleistoceno y del Holoceno en Iberia y el Estrecho de Gibraltar:  estado actual del conocimiento del registro arqueológico, 60–63.

Schmidt, I. (2013) The Solutrean Concave Based Points from Northern Spain: Analysis of Production, Hafting, Maintenance and Recycling. In: Pastoors, A. & Auffermann, B. (eds.) Pleistocene foragers: Their culture and environment. Festschrift in honour of Gerd-Christian Weniger. Mettmann: Neanderthal Museum, pp. 71–83.

Gerlach, R. A. Hilgers, I. Kretschmer, I. Medved, M. Schlummer, I. Schmidt, Y. Tafelmaier, Ch. Vieth (2012) Frauen in GeoArchäologischer Forschung in Deutschland. Archäologische Informationen 35: 11–15.

Peresani, M., A. Pastoors, M. Vaquero, M. Romandini, R. Duches, C. Jequier, N. Nannini, A. Picin, I. Schmidt & G.-C. Weniger (2012) The North Adriatic Region, a key context for investigating the Neanderthal demise. Antiquity 86. (Project Gallery).

Schmidt, I., M. Bradtmöller, M. Kehl, A. Pastoors, Y. Tafelmaier, B. Weninger, G.-Ch. Weniger (2012) Rapid climate change and variability of settlement patterns in Iberia during the Late Pleistocene. Quaternary International 274: 179–204.

Schmidt, I. & V. Mom (2012) Computer-aided classification of archaeological objects – methodological issues in comparing shapes of Solutrean points. In: Cascalheira, J. & Gonçalves, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the IV Conference of Jovens em Investigação Arqueológica, Faro. Promontoria Monográfica 16, Vol. I. Faro: Núcleo de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia (NAP), pp. 39–46.

Schmidt, I. & Y. Tafelmaier (2012) Introduction to the Session: Food for Thoughts! Some Thoughts on Foods – Reconstructing Prehistoric Food Procurement. In: Cascalheira, J. & Gonçalves, C. (eds.), Proceedings of the IV Conference of Jovens em Investigação Arqueológica, Faro. Promontoria Monográfica 16, Vol. II. Faro: Núcleo de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia (NAP), pp. 151–152.

Tafelmaier, Y., I. Schmidt (2012) Remembering the invisible – blind spots in the reconstruction of food procurement. In: Cascalheira, J. & Goncalves, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the IV Conference of Jovens em Investigação Arqueológica, Faro. Promontoria Monográfica 16, Vol. II. Faro: Núcleo de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia (NAP), pp. 153–159.

Schmidt, I. (2011) A Middle Stone Age Assemblage with Discoid Lithic Technology from Etemba 14, Erongo Mountains, Northern Namibia. Journal of African Archaeology 9(1): 85–100.