Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Head of a junior research group at the German Maritime Museum

  • 2014
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification)

  • 2014 – 2015
    Visiting professor of historical archaeology in the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna, Austria

  • 2008 – 2014
    University assistant in historical archaeology in the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna

  • 2008
    Doctorate

  • 2002 – 2006
    Research associate with the Romano-Germanic Commission (RGK) of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Ingolstadt / Frankfurt am Main

  • 2000 – 2002
    Research associate at the Iceland Institute of Archaeology (Fornleifastofnun Ìslands) in Reykjavík

  • 2001
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in mediaeval and modern archaeology, preservation of historical monuments, and classical archaeology, University of Bamberg, Germany

  • 1991 – 2001
    Studied mediaeval and modern archaeology, preservation of historical monuments, and classical archaeology at the University of Regensburg and the University of Bamberg, Germany, at the University of Vienna, Austria, at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the University of Bergen, Norway (awarded the Magister Artium (MA) degree)

Selected publications

  • A. Brooks & N. Mehler (eds.), The Country Where My Heart Is. Historical Archaeologies of Nationalism and National Identity (University Press Florida, Gainesville, 2017).

  • N. Mehler (ed.), Historical Archaeology in Central Europe. Society of Historical Archaeology, Special Publication No. 10 (Rockville 2013).

  • N. Mehler, The Sulphur Trade of Iceland from the Viking Age to the End of the Hanseatic Period. In: I. Baug, J. Larsen, S. Samset Mygland (eds.), Nordic Middle Ages – Artefacts, Landscapes and Society. Essays in Honor of Ingvild Øye on her 70th Birthday. University of Bergen Archaeological Series 8 (Bergen 2015) 193-212.

  • N. Mehler, Breaking New Ground: Historical Archaeology in Central Europe. In: N. Mehler (ed.), Historical Archaeology in Central Europe. Society of Historical Archaeology, Special Publication No 10 (Rockville 2013) pp. 11-31.

  • N. Mehler, Written sources in post-medieval archaeology and the art of asking the right questions. Post-Medieval Studies 4: Written and iconographic sources in post-medieval archaeology (Prague 2012) 11-24.

  • N. Mehler, The perception and identification of hanseatic material culture in the North Atlantic: problems and suggestions. Journal of the North Atlantic Special Volume 1: Historical Archaeology in the North Atlantic: World Systems, Colonialism, and Climate, 2009, 89-108.

  • N. Mehler, The archaeology of mercantilism: clay tobacco pipes in Bavaria and their contribution to an economic system. Post-Medieval Archaeology 43/2, 2009, 261-281.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Between the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea – Interdisciplinary studies of the Hanseatic League, research project funded by Leibniz Association, 2015 – 2018

  • Harbours in the North Atlantic (c. 800-1300), research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2012 – 2018

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the ESF College of Expert Reviewers (European Science Foundation)

  • Society for Historical Archaeology (USA) (member of the European advisory board)

  • Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology (GB) (board member, European representative)

  • Österreichische Gesellschaft für Mittelalterarchäologie (Austrian Society for Medieval Archaeology, member of the advisory board)

  • Medieval Europe Research Community (MERC) of the European Association of Archaeologists (committee member)

  • Member of the management committee of the COST Action "Oceans Past", 2014 – 2018

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