History of the Subject Area
The subject area traces its origins to the Seminar of Prehistory and Early History, which was founded in 1962. At that time, the Laboratory of Prehistory, now Integrative Prehistoric and Natural History Archaeology (IPNA), already existed.
As the names of the two subject areas indicate, European Archaeology is primarily cultural science oriented, while Integrative Prehistoric and Natural History Archaeology approaches cultural history questions primarily with natural science approaches.
Both subject areas, which were located in the same building until 2005, work closely together in teaching and research.
Brochure on the occasion of the 100th anniversary
More detailed information on the history of the department can be found in the excerpt from the brochure "Bones, Shards and Sculptures. 100 Years of Archaeology at the University of Basel".
The brochure can be obtained at the library counter or as a PDF here:
Anna Laschinger, Annemarie Kaufmann-Heinimann: Bones, Shards and Sculptures. 100 Years of Archaeology at the University of Basel (2012).