Barbara Huber

Department of Archaeology
+49 3641 686-724

Main Focus

Barbara’s research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History investigates the global dimensions of the dispersal of ancient aromatics and spices throughout Asia and East Africa using biomolecular analyses to characterize organic remains. Her current projects aim at reconstructing the use of smells and scented plants in the past using biomolecular fingerprinting of plant secondary metabolites, lipids and proteins. In 2020, Barbara was awarded an Add-on Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Life Science from the Joachim Herz Foundation for her PhD research. 

Curriculum Vitae

Barbara received a BA in Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in 2015 and a MA in Studies in Ancient Near Eastern Civilisations in 2018 from Freie Universität Berlin. Between 2013 and 2019 she worked with the Orient Department of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) in several field projects, such as the excavations in Uruk (Iraq) or the exploration of the ancient oasis of Tayma (Saudi Arabia). Furthermore, she was involved in archaeological research projects in Iran, Syria and Greece.


Huber, B., Hausleiter, A., Dinies, M., Christopher, J., Säumel, I., Pham Th. L. H. (2018). Interdisziplinäre Untersuchungen von Räuchergefäßen zur Rekonstruktion antiker Gerüche. Die Arbeiten der Jahre 2016-2018. e-Forschungsberichte des DAI, Faszikel 2, 120-125.

Huber, B., Bernbeck, R., Fazeli-Nashli, H. (2020). Radical Restructuring in an Early Village: Rahmatabad (Fars Province, Iran) in the Fifth Millennium BCE. In Otto, A., Herles, M., and Kaniuth, K. (eds.). Proceedings of the 11th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East Vol. 1: Mobility in the Ancient Near East. Images in Context. Archaeology as Cultural Heritage. Engendering Near Eastern Archaeology. Societal Contexts of Religion. Shaping the Living Space, p. 425-436. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz

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