Matthias Friedrich

Habilitationsprojekt: Medieval Material Culture and the Senses

The Habilitation project (tentatively entitled Medieval Material Culture and the Senses) aims at investigating the field of sensory experience and material culture in the European Middle Ages. This includes every-day and elite objects as well as the built environment, and more broadly the medieval landscape. This future project combines literary accounts on the medieval perception of the senses and current archaeological approaches towards sensory perception to reconstruct how medieval people ‘sensed’ and perceived their environment through material culture.

Chronologie der Merowingerzeit in Süddeutschland

My first book, published with De Gruyter, Archäologische Chronologie und historische Interpretation (2016) explores material culture and historical narratives in late antique and early medieval southern Germany, especially in terms of archaeological dating methods. The correspondence analysis of c. 650 Merovingian-period graves led to a new chronological model for early medieval southern Germany from the early fifth to the mid-eighth century. In 2018, the book was awarded the Barbara Scholkmann Förderpreis für Historische Archäologie from the University of Tübingen. The relevant data and CA plots are available at