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Anja Lochner

Anja Lochner

Anja Lochner

(Ph.D. Scholarship Holder 10/2014 – 09/2016)
1st Supervisor: Prof. Dr. François Bertemes
2nd Supervisor: N.N.
Mentor: N.N.

„Symbolic power“ – „Symbol power“. Celtic „early style“ and its ritual, cultic and identity-forming significance

At the beginning of the La Tène period a variety of social and administrative changes are to be detected within the Celtic society, as well as profound novelties in the ritual and cult of the dead. Numerous archeological finds from this period can be taken as evidence. For instance, differently from the previous Hallstatt period, ceramic loses its value as a symbol and ornament carrier. Metal objects such as weapons, jewelry and vessels start being endowed with new symbolic values and therefore being shaped in different ornamental ways. Celtic artisans from the 5th Century BC crafted complex plant ornaments and with the aid of compasses they were able to shape even the complexes pattern. Furthermore, they created bizarre masks and grotesque grimaces. This occurred as a defining element of the figurative decoration. This art style was first described in 1944 by Paul Jacobsthal as "early style" and lasted into the early decades of the 4th Century BC.

The temporal focus is on the transition from Late Hallstatt period to early La Tène. Using stylistic, spatial and temporal comparisons I wish to achieve a better understanding of the religious and cultic imagery of the Celts. The overall aim is to closely examine the self-presentation of Celtic identity, with special regard to their elites.

Curriculum Vitae


Since 10/2014Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
Doctoral candidate (Archaeology)
10/2010 – 03/2014Master’s studies in the fields of art history and prehistoric archaeology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Work Expericence

07/2008 – 08/2008Prehistoric excavation in Goseck (Germany)
08/2009 – 09/2009Excavation internship in Belleben (Germany)

Activities in addition to studying

02/2009 – 03/2009Drawing activity for Dr. Andreas Northe at the Department  of Prehistoric Archeology at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
04/2011 – 07/2011Member of Student Expert Group 2011 of the Martin –
Luther- University Halle-Wittenberg dealing with the topic „Erstellen einer Vermarktungskonzeption für die Templerkapelle in Wettin“

Foreign languages

  • English (fluent in speech und writing)
  • French (school knowledge)
  • Latin (Latinum)
  • Russian (Unicert Basis)
  • Italian (Unicert I /Part 1)