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Dr. Daniel Berger

Research Assistant


From 2001 to 2006, Daniel Berger studied archaeometry at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg/Saxony, where he received his diploma in 2006. This was followed by a doctorate at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, which he completed in 2011. Since 2013, Daniel Berger has been working at CEZA as a research associate and is the contact person for the field of archaeometallurgy. He is involved in the conception and management of various projects, he is responsible for sample management in the laboratory for material analyses and since 2022 he is part of the extended management of CEZA gGmbH.

Academic and professional background


Studies of archaeometry at the Technical University Freiberg, title of the diploma thesis: „Steingussformen aus dem spätromanischen-frühgotischen Magdeburg: Archäometrische und experimentalarchäologische Untersuchungen zum mittelalterlichen Zinnguss an ausgewählten Fundstücken“ (“Stone casting moulds from the late Romanesque-early Gothic Magdeburg: Archaeometric and experimental archaeological investigations on medieval tin casting”)


Research associate at the State Museum of Prehistory Halle (Saale), Germany, within the project FOR 550 “Der Aufbruch zu neuen Horizonten”


PhD at the University of Tübingen in Archaeological Sciences; title of the thesis: „Bronzezeitliche Färbetechniken an Metallobjekten nördlich der Alpen: Eine archäometallurgische Studie zur prähistorischen Anwendung von Tauschierung und Patinierung anhand von Artefakten und Experimenten“ (“Bronze Age colouring techniques on metal objects north of the Alps: An archaeometallurgical study of the prehistoric application of inlaying and patination using artefacts and experiments”


Freelancer for archaeometric investigations

since 2013

Research associate at the CEZA, part of the ERC project „BronzeAgeTin“ aiming on provenancing tin in bronze and tin artefacts

since 2019

Research associate at the CEZA and part of the project “Infrastruktur Archäometrie”

since 2022

Project leader of the interdisciplinary project “Origin, development and technology of Bronze Age blades from the Sögel-Wohlde-District”

Main area of research

Metallurgy of tin, bronze, copper and lead

Metallurgical practices in the Bronze Age
Provenance studies of tin and other metals by means of isotopes and trace elements
Early post medieval lead type and type casting
Medieval manufacturing and casting techniques of pewter objects
Patination and inlay techniques in pre- and early history

Memberships and honorary activities

  • GNAA
  • Historical Metallurgy
  • peer-reviews for scientific journals