Short CV/Education and training

  • 2000
    Magistra Artium in Prehistoric Archaology, Classical Archaeology und Art History at Kiel University

  • 2000
    Local Site Director of a renaturation projekt concerning the river Recknitz, State Office for Culture and the Preservation of Historical Monuments in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

  • 2000 – 2003
    Scientific Assistant for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. M. Müller-Wille, Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

  • 2003
    Local Site Director of the wreck removal near Dranske, Rügen, State Office for Culture and the Preservation of Historical Monuments in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

  • 2004
    PhD in Archaeology at Kiel University

  • 2004
    Researcher at the Tissø-Projekt, Nationalmuseum Copenhagen

  • 2004 – 2006
    Scientific Trainee, State Office for Monument Conservation Baden Württemberg

  • 2006 – 2012
    Research Assistant in the field of wetland and underwater archaeology, Institute of Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology, Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

  • 2012
    Local Site Director of the Projekt Fehmarn Belt, Teilprojekt II , Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein (shipwreck documentary work)

  • 2012
    Habilitation in Archaeology Kiel University

  • 2012 – 2013
    Person in charge for the projekt »Besiedlungs- und Kulturgeschichte des Niedersächsischen Wattenmeerraumes«, Niedersächsisches Institut für historische Küstenforschung

  • Since 2013
    Acting Director of the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum) and Professor of the History of Seafaring and Maritime Archaeology

Selected publications

  • Goldhammer, Julia; Karle, Martina; Kleingärtner, Sunhild: Das Wattenmeer als Forschungsgebiet, Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz 34, 2014, p. 2-6.

  • Huber, Florian; Kleingärtner, Sunhild (Eds.): Gestrandet – Versenkt – Versunken: Faszination Unterwasserarchäologie, Neumünster (Neumünster 2013).

  • Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Williams, Gareth: Contact & Exchange; In: William, Gareth; Pentz, Peter; Wemhoff, Matthias: Viking, Copenhagen 2013, p. 30-69.

  • Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Newfield, Timothy; Rossignol, Sébastien; Wehner, Donat (eds.): Landscapes and Societies in Medieval Europe East of the Elbe. Interactions between Environmental Settings and Cultural Transformations. Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto 2013.

  • Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Zeilinger, Gabriel (Hrsg.): Raumbildung durch Netzwerke? Der Ostseeraum zwischen Wikingerzeit und Spätmittelalter aus archäologischer und geschichtswissenschaftlicher Perspektive. Beiträge des am 28. und 29. Oktober 2010 in Kiel veranstalteten wissenschaftlichen Workshops. Zeitschr. Arch. Mittelalter Beih. 23, Bonn 2012.

  • Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Ludowici, Babette; Jöns, Hauke; Scheschkewitz, Jonathan; Hardt, Matthias (Eds.): Trade and Communication Networks of the First Millennium AD in the northern part of Central Europe. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung 1, Stuttgart 2010.

  • Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Müller, Ulrich; Huber, Florian (Hrsg.): Zwischen Nord- und Ostsee 1997-2007. Zehn Jahre Arbeitsgruppe für maritime und limnische Archäologie (AMLA) in Schleswig-Holstein [Kongress Kiel 2007], Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie 165, Bonn 2009.

  • Kleingärtner, Sunhild: Education in Wetland and Underwater Archaeology at the University of Kiel, in: A. Pydyn; J. Flatman (Hrsg.), Collaboration, Communication and Involvement: Maritime Archaeology and Education in the 21th Century, Toru, 2008, p. 115-124.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the scientific commission of the Institut Museumsforschung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz

  • Member of Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission, Fachausschuss Kultur

  • Deputy spokesperson of Section A of the Leibniz-Association

  • Chairwoman of Kuratoriums Stiftung Leuchturm Roter Sand e.V.

  • Memeber of the Kommission Unterwasserarchäologie im Verband der Landesarchäologen in Deutschland e.V

  • Member of the Kommission Forschungstauchen

Media coverage

  • Information on Sunhild Kleingärtner on: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunhild_Kleing%C3%A4rtner

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Practical experience in field archaeology above and underwater

  • Scientific Diving Licence


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