Alfons Zettler

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Alfons Zettler (born October 23, 1953 in Hamburg ) is a German historian .

After graduating from the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium Konstanz, Alfons Zettler studied art history, classical archeology and prehistory and early history from 1972 at the University of Freiburg , and from 1974 history and English studies. After receiving his master's degree in 1979 and his doctorate in 1984 with Karl Schmid , he worked there as an assistant and completed his habilitation in 1994. From 1998 to 2019 he was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Dortmund .

In addition to school and studies, from 1970 he worked for the building and art monument maintenance department of the Freiburg State Monuments Office. In 1978/79 he conducted an archaeological investigation in the Palatinate in Reichenau , from 1980 onwards he carried out excavations in the former Reichenau monastery in Mittelzell as well as architectural studies at St. Georg (Reichenau-Oberzell) .

His research focus is the history and archeology of late antiquity and the Middle Ages. His research projects include learning to write in the Middle Ages, the edition of early medieval necrologies , foundation and memoria between antiquity and the Middle Ages, castle and mining in the Middle Ages (including the excavation of the Birkenburg near St. Ulrich in the Black Forest ) and the functions of the medieval aristocratic castle.

Fonts (selection)

  • The early monastery buildings in Reichenau. Excavations - written sources - St. Gallen monastery plan (= archeology and history. Freiburg research on the first millennium in southwest Germany, vol. 3). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1988 (dissertation).
  • with Roland Rappmann: The Reichenau monk community and their commemoration of the dead in the early Middle Ages (= archeology and history. Freiburg research on the first millennium in southwest Germany, vol. 5). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1998.
  • with Walter Berschin : Egino von Verona - founder of Reichenau-Niederzell, 799 (= Reichenau texts and images, vol. 8). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1999.
  • Offerers inscriptions on the early Christian mosaic floors in Veneto and Istria (= supplementary volumes to the Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde, vol. 26). De Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2000 (habilitation thesis).
  • History of the Duchy of Swabia . Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2003.
  • with Thomas Zotz (ed.): The castles in medieval Breisgau (= archeology and history. Freiburg research on the first millennium in southwest Germany, vol. 14-16). Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 2003–2009.
  • Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages (= history lessons. Topics - Materials - Media Series A, Vol. 5). Aulis-Verlag Deubner, Cologne 2004.


  • Erik Beck, Eva-Maria Butz (Ed.): From group and community to actor and network? : Network research in regional history: Festschrift for Alfons Zettler on his 60th birthday (= Freiburg contributions to the history of the Middle Ages. Vol. 3). Thorbecke, Ostfildern 2019, ISBN 978-3-7995-8552-1 .

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