Katharina Schmidt has been director of the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology (GPIA) in Amman since 2016, and is responsible for the daily running of the Institute.
Her main research interests centre around archaeology, and Jordan’s cultural heritage. Therefore, cooperation with Jordanian and international scholars is particularly important to her. These values are promoted through the GPIA Amman lecture series, as well as workshops and conferences on Jordanian archaeology and cultural history. She also runs the Jordanian component of the “Archaeological Course” (https://www.deiahl.de/research-and-education/archaeological-course/?lang=en). In conjunction with the Jordan National Museum, she organises the special exhibition “Tall Zirā’a” (2019), which has been included in the Cultural Preservation Programme of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Since 2016, she has been leading the excavations on Tall Zirā’a, where she focuses on the settlement history and stratigraphy of the Iron Age period. http://www.tallziraa.de/index.php?lan=1
She also participates in excavations as part of the “Eastern Badia Archaeological Project”. https://oi.uchicago.edu/research/projects/eastern-badia
Her habilitation project is dedicated to the analysis of Iron Age monumental sculpture from Jordan and the question of the “formation of elites” in this period.
Katharina Schmidt studied Near Eastern Archaeology, Assyriology and Pre-and Proto History at the Ludwig-Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich and at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2016 she was awarded her doctorate at LMU with a thesis on glass and glass production in the Iron Age period. Her thesis was funded by the Graduate School “Distant Worlds” and she was a fellow at the Research Training Group “Value and Equivalence” at the Goethe University, Frankfurt. She acquired additional knowledge in the use of chemical analyses – notably relating to glass – as a visiting researcher at University College London. Katharina Schmidt has worked on excavations in Syria (Tell Halaf) and Turkey (Sirkeli Höyük, Dülük Baba Tepesi). https://deiahl.academia.edu/KatharinaSchmidt