unizeit Schriftzug

Martin Furholt

Prehistoric societies

"As a social archaeologist I am interested in social and political forms of organisation from the past, considered from a long-term perspective. You often hear statements like people are so such and such now, for example selfish, violent and destructive or have a tendency for dominant behaviour, and that we can trace this back to Stone Age people. In fact, there is generally no evidence of this. The study of prehistoric societies offers a completely contrasting, much more differentiated and also less gloomy picture. In order to evaluate our present-day world and our scope for action, it is helpful to understand how groups of people were organised before and during the establishment of the first nations and what different social forms of expression were developed and practised in the past."

Portraitbild Martin Furholt
© Jürgen Haacks, Uni Kiel

Martin Furholt

Martin Furholt, 45 years old, born in Kongsberg/Norway. Since April 2021: Professor of Pre- and Early History, specialising in Prehistoric Archaeology and Social Archaeology at Kiel University. Previously Professor of Stone Age Archaeology at the University of Oslo/Norway. 2006: Doctoral degree and 2014: Habilitation (postdoctoral lecture qualification) at Kiel University.