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Dr. Hausmann Niklas
PostDoctoral Fellow
Niklas is an environmental Archaeologist, who is interested in the geochemical analysis of marine shells to determine short-term climatic fluctuations in the past.
He was employed at IESL-FORTH for two years to develop an efficient way of analysing archaeological shell remains using LIBS as part of his EU-funded Marie Curie Project.
In 2021 he started a new research group at the Leibniz Research Institute for Archaeology in Mainz (Germany) in which he and his team apply LIBS to archaeological shells from the Mediterranean dating to the Neolithic period.


  • 2012 – 2015, PhD, Archaeology, University of York, UK. ‘The shell mounds of the Farasan Islands - An isotopic study on seasonality and coastal exploitation’ Supervisor: Geoff Bailey. Date of Viva: 12.8.15
  • 2011 – 2012, MA, Mesolithic Studies, University of York, UK. Pass with Merit. Supervisor: Geoff Bailey
  • 2008 – 2011 BSc, Prehistoric and Historic Archaeology and Geosciences. ChristianAlbrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany.


  • 2021 – present Research Group Leader of the DFG Emmy-Noether Project SEAFRONT at the RGZM (Germany)
  • 2020 – 2021 Researcher Facilitator at the Lower Saxony Institute for historical coastal research (NIHK) (Germany)
  • 2019 Project Manager of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘SeaChanges’ at the Department of Archaeology - University of York
  • 2016 – 2019 Affiliated Researcher at the Department of Archaeology, Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History (Germany)
  • 2016 – 2018 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas (Greece)
  • 2015 – 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ERC Project DISPERSE at the Department of Archaeology, University of York (United Kingdom)


  • Environmental Archaeology
  • Coastal Landscapes
  • Molluscs
  • Marine ecology
  • Palaeoclimate


  • 2020 DFG Emmy-Noether Fellowship (HA 8590/2-1) 'Klimatische Einflüsse auf die Ausbreitung des Neolithikums im Mediterranen Raum'. PI: Niklas Hausmann.
  • 2016 Marie Curie-Skłodowska Individual Fellowship (Ref. 703625) ‘Archaeological and Climatic data from elemental ratios using rapid analysis of shell carbonate’. PI: Niklas Hausmann.
  • 2014 Laserlab-Europe-III - Transnational Access Project (ulf-forth002012) “Applying LIBS on modern and archaeological marine shells for multi-elemental analysis” PI: Geoff Bailey, Co-I: Niklas Hausmann
Application of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and neural networks on archaeological human bones for the discrimination of distinct individuals
P. Siozos, N. Hausmann, D. Anglos
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Volume:32, Page:102769, Year:2021,
Extensive elemental mapping unlocks Mg/Ca ratios as climate proxy in seasonal records of Mediterranean limpets
N. Hausmann, A. L. Prendergast, A. Lemonis, J. Zech, P. Roberts, P. Siozos, D. Anglos
Scientific Reports, Volume:9, Page:3698, Year:2019,
Elemental mapping of Mg/Ca intensity ratios in marine mollusc shells using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
N. Hausmann, P. Siozos, A. Lemonis, A. C. Colonese, H. K. Robson, D. Anglos
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., Volume:32, Page:1467-1472 , Year:2017,