Prof. Dr. Sunhild


”The German Maritime Museum is a great place to learn and create.“

Current position
Managing Director of the DSM, jointly appointed as Professor of Maritime History and Maritime Archaeology at the University of Bremen

Field of research
Maritime archaeology in public; shipwrecks and the environment in the 20th/21st century

Pre- and Early History with focus on Maritime Archaeology, Archaeological Research Diver


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Curriculum Vitae

Since 2013

Managing Director of the DSM, Professor of Shipping History and Maritime Archaeology at the University of Bremen, Lecturer at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Master's Degree in Exhibition and Design)


Project responsibility "Settlement and cultural history of the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea area", Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research, Wilhelmshaven


Excavation management, ship documentation, project Fehmarn Belt, subproject II, Archaeological State Office Schleswig-Holstein


Scientific assistant/teaching in the field of wetland and underwater archaeology, Institute of Prehistory and Early History, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel


Habilitation at the Institute for Pre- and Early History, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel; title of the habilitation thesis: The Early Phase of Urbanization on the Southern Baltic Sea Coast in Early Medieval Times


Scientific traineeship, State Office for Monument Preservation Baden-Württemberg


Research Assistant, Tissø Project, National Museum Copenhagen


Doctorate in Pre- and Early History at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel; title of doctoral thesis: The press model find from the port of Haithabu


Excavation management, wreck salvage off Dranske, Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State Office for the Preservation of Archaeological Monuments


Scientific assistant/teaching in the field of the Viking Age, Institute for Pre- and Early History, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel


Excavation management, renaturation project on the Recknitz river, State Office for the Preservation of Archaeological Monuments Mecklenburg-Vorpommern


Studies at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (degree Magister), main subject: Pre- and Early History, minor subjects: Classical Archaeology and History of Art; Title of the Magisterabeit: Brooches and Pendants of the Terslev Type

Common vocation

Within the framework of the "Joint Appointment", the function of the Executive Director of the German Maritime Museum/Leibniz Institute of Maritime History is accompanied by the cooperative professorship in the fields of maritime history and maritime archaeology. As one of more than 40 cooperative professorships within the framework of the "University Bremen Research Alliance" (UBRA), it is a sign of scientific cooperation and institutional integration between the University of Bremen and the non-university research institutions in Bremen as a centre of science.



Scientific publications


Kleingärtner, Sunhild 
Die frühe Phase der Urbanisierung an der südlichen Ostseekünste im ersten nachchristlichen Jahrhundert  
Studien zur Archäologie des Ostseeraumes 13
Neumünster 2014


Kleingärtner, Sunhild; Newfield, Timothy; Rossignol, Sébastien and 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 and Zeilinger, Gabriel (Eds.)
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 Suppl. 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
Education in Wetland and Underwater Archaeology at the University of Kiel,
in: A. Pydyn; J. Flatman (Eds.), Collaboration, Communication and Involvement: Maritime Archaeology and Education in the 21th Century 
Toruń 2008, p. 115–124

Exhibition projects (selection)

Participation in the advisory board of the German Historical Museum "Europe and the Sea" (2016-2018)

Participation in the expert council of the Neues Museum Berlin "The Vikings" (2011-2013)


Awards and honours


Awards and honours

2010 DAAD Travel Grant Stocksholm


Committee work

Institut Museumsforschung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Deputy Spokesperson of the Scientific Commission)Deutsches Museum München (Member of the Board of Trustees

Section A of the Leibniz Association (spokesperson)

German Oceanographic Museum Stralsund (Scientific Advisory Board Member)

Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin (deputy member of the foundation board)

Northwest Marine Research Association (member of the board)

German Commission for UNESCO, Expert Committee on Culture (Member)

Underwater Archaeology Commission of the Association of State Archaeologists in Germany (Member)

Marsh Council (Member of the Advisory Board)Nautical Association Bremerhaven e.V. (Member of the Advisory Board)

Opening hours

currently closed

how to reach us

Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
D-27568 Bremerhaven


T. +49 471 482 07 0

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