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Tessi Leoffelmann



I graduated with a First-Class MA Joint Honours degree in Archaeology and History from Glasgow University in 2013, where my focus lay especially on the development and functioning of early medieval saints’ cults in history. In archaeology, landscape approaches and the idea that people form a symbiotic relationship with their surroundings formed one of my main areas of interest. After my MA, I completed an MSc in Palaeopathology at Durham University with Distinction during which I focussed on the study of individual mobility during the early medieval period. After this, I worked in commercial archaeology for two years until 2016 when I started my PhD part-time. My early interest in the symbiotic relationship between people and landscape is still foremost on my mind, only now I also explore these relationships on a geochemical level through isotopes.

Key publications

Holst, M., Keefe, K., Newman, S., and Löffelmann, T. (2019) ‘Chapter 6: Human Remains’ in Greg Speed, Malin Holst (eds) Death, Burial and Identity: 3000 Years of Death in the Vale of Mowbray. York: Archaeology Data Service [distributor]

Filipek, K.L., Stanciu, I., Tucker, K., Loeffelmann, T., Oliverson, M., Crowther, M., Ogden, N., Beck, S., Kohnle, C. (2020). Jucu de Sus Medieval Cemetery, Cluj Napoca, Transylvania, Romania: Excavation and Analyses from the 2019 Season. Cronica Cercetărilor Arheologice Din România: Campania 2019. Bucharest: Institutul Național al Patrimoniului.

Funding Grants and Awards

  • May Hutchinson Prize, Glasgow University 2013
  • JAF Thompson Prize, Glasgow University 2013
  • Muskett Hunter Gill Prize 2014, Durham University 2014
  • IMEMS Small Grant Scheme Award 2017
  • Rosemary Cramp Fund, Durham University 2017
  • Northern Bridge (AHRC) Studentship 
  • VUB Strategic Research Fund (2021/22)