Constanze Schattke

PhD Student
KolText project
Constanze Schattkes ORCID record:
Phone: 01/52177-239

PhD Projekt
Located at the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution, VDSEE.
Supervisors: Prof. Harald Wilfing (Universität Wien), Prof. Sabine Eggers (NHM Wien)

Witnesses of Violence? Combining Bioarchaeology and Provenance to Research Violence in the Acquisition Contexts of Human Remains in the Department of Anthropology, Natural History Museum Vienna, from 1857 – 1935.

In the last years, debates about the provenance of museum collections have increased, with the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum Vienna also being increasingly confronted with the question of the origin and acquisition circumstances of its collections. In my PhD project, I aim to examine which contexts of violence contributed to the formation of the department’s osteological collections. This is done to research and verify data of historic acquisition contexts, to ensure that curators are able to provide data sourced from collections with unproblematic acquisition backgrounds for future researchers, but most importantly to avoid conflicts between scientists and communities of origin. My research is characterized by an interdisciplinary understanding of violence, with violence being approached as a concept from both humanities and bioarchaeology.

Since 2021:
PhD Student, Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution, VDSEE
2021: Evolutionary Anthropology (Master of Science), University of Vienna, Austria. Graduation with Honours.

2017: Biology (Bachelor of Science), CAU Kiel, Germany

Research stay Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology LFA, University of Coimbra, Portugal
2022: Early Career Achievement Award of the European Association of Archaeologists EAA
2019: Durham Paleopathology Summer School
Since 2018: various project collaborations on repatriation and provenance


Olivares, F., Schattke, C., Molina, H., Berner, M., & Eggers, S. (2023). Re-telling the story of Selk’nam ancestors: From Karokynká/Tierra del Fuego to Austria. Human Remains and Violence, 9(1), 49–69.

Schattke, C., Olivares, F., Molina, H., Menéndez, L., & Eggers, S. (2023). Osteobiographical re-individualisation of the Selk’nam human remains at the Natural History Museum Vienna. Human Remains and Violence, 9(1), 28–48.

Lazaridis, I., Alpaslan-Roodenberg, S., Acar, A., Aç, A., Andreeva, D., Andrija, G., Badalyan, R., Bakardzhiev, S., Balen, J., Bejko, L., Bernardos, R., Bertsatos, A., Biber, H., Bilir, A., Bodru, M., Callan, K., Candilio, F., Cari, M., Ciobanu, I., …
Çavusog, R. (2022). A genetic probe into the ancient and medieval history of Southern Europe and West Asia. Science, 377, 940–951.

Eggers, S., Herewini, T. H., Mamaku, T. A., Schattke, C., Buttinger, K., Eggers Gorab, M., & Berner, M. (2021). Māori and Moriori Human Reamins in the Natural History Museum Vienna. Exhumed, Shipped, Traded and Inventoried. In P. Schölnberger (Ed.), Das Museum im kolonialen Kontext (pp. 281–303). Czernin.

Fernandes, D. M., Sirak, K. A., Ringbauer, H., Sedig, J., Rohland, N., Cheronet, O., Mah, M., Mallick, S., Olalde, I., Culleton, B. J., Adamski, N., Bernardos, R., Bravo, G., Broomandkhoshbacht, N., Callan, K., Candilio, F., Demetz, L., Carlson, K. S. D., Eccles, L., … Reich, D. (2021). A genetic history of the pre-contact Caribbean. Nature, 590(7844), 103–110.
Research Interests:
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Paleopathology
  • Provenance Research
  • History of Anthropological Sciences
  • Human Rights


Berner Margit
staff scientist, curator
Eggers Sabine
staff scientist, curator of the international osteological collection
Fruhmann Nina
freelancer science communication
Hofecker Verena
collection manager PaSiN (on leave)
Hofmann Gerhard
Hrovath Magdalena
freelancer science communication
Hrovath Theresa
freelancer science communication
Kaiser Martin
freelancer science communication
Klostermann Paul
PhD student
Knoll Anna
freelancer science communication
Koger Robin
associate scientist
Krauss Florentin
science communication PaSiN
Kreindl Katharina
freelancer science communication
Lafranco Gabriel
freelancer science communication
Lick Laura
freelancer science communication
Lindner Johanna
freelancer science communication
Luftensteiner Katharina
project researcher "HistoGenes"
Marschler Maria
Scientific assistant LDDL, Synthesys+ AT-TAF Administrator, VA Coordinator
Mayerhofer Carolina
freelancer science communication
Nazemi Karen
Museum educator / PASiN
Novotny Friederike
project researcher
Pany-Kucera Doris
staff scientist, co-curator and scientist in the ERC Synergy Grant HistoGenes (OEAW)
Patzak Anatole
PaSiN / Kassa
Philips Christoph
freelancer science communication
Pruckner Pascale
freelancer science communication
Rinner Alexandra
freelancer science communication
Roiban Bianca-Seridan
Supervision PASiN
Sawa Martina
Guard PaSiN
Scheuba Andreas
freelancer science communication
Spannagl-Steiner Ute Michaela
scientific assistant Austrian Academy of Science
Stadlmayr Andrea
collection management, outreach coordinator, staff scientist LDDL
Steinkellner Judith
Cash desk & administration PaSiN
Strondl Liesa
associate scientist
Voglsinger Bettina
administrative assistant/library
Walch August
Wiltschke-Schrotta Karin
Head of department
Winter Eduard
custodian PaSiN