Bernd Päffgen

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Bernd Päffgen (born June 8, 1961 in Bergheim , Rhein-Erft district ) is a German medieval archaeologist .


Bernd Päffgen grew up in Sindorf and attended what was then the day care center high school in Kerpen . After graduating from high school in 1980, he studied prehistory, early history, history and art history at the University of Cologne and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn as a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation ; with supplementary studies in provincial Roman and Christian archeology as well as Byzantine studies and economic and social history . From 1985 to 1987 he took up a doctoral degree, again funded by the Studienstiftung, and received his doctorate in 1988 with a thesis on "The excavations in St. Severin in Cologne". In 1990 he received a nine-month travel grant from the Roman-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute .

In 1987 he entered the service of the Rhenish Office for Ground Monument Preservation in Bonn , initially as a civilian service in the Niederzier branch. Since July 1, 1989, he has been a consultant there and since then has been particularly concerned with emergency excavations in the Rhenish lignite mining area . In 1996 he was appointed to the state administrative council. After teaching positions at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (1992 to 1996) and the University of Bonn (1992 to 2002), he completed his habilitation in Bonn in spring 2002.

Since August 1, 2005, Päffgen has been an extra professor of prehistory at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Since 2007 first chairman of the Society for Archeology in Bavaria eV


In addition to research projects in Bavaria and Spain, Päffgen continues to pursue projects in Cologne and the Rhineland, according to the publication of the estate of the Cologne archaeologist Peter Anton Tholen .

Awards and honors


Bernd Päffgen comes from the Cologne brewery dynasty Päffgen . He is married and has one child. The actress, singer and composer Christa Päffgen , known under the name Nico , was his aunt.

Publications (selection)

  • The excavations in St. Severin in Cologne , Cologne Research Vol. 5, Zabern Mainz 1992, ISBN 3-8053-1251-2 (= dissertation)
  • The Speyer bishop's graves and their comparative classification. An archaeological study of bishops' graves in Germany from the early Christian beginnings to the end of the Ancien Régime , Likias, Friedberg 2010, ISBN 978-3-9812181-1-4 (= habilitation thesis)

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