Egon Wamers

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Egon Wamers (* 4. January 1952 in Anrath ) is a German early Middle Ages - archaeologist .

He studied prehistory and early history, philosophy, Scandinavian studies and sociology in Aachen and Münster and received his doctorate in 1979 with the dissertation of Insular Metal Jewelry in Viking Age Tombs in Northern Europe . After scientific activities at the Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne, at the Westphalian Museum of Archeology in Münster and in the maintenance of monuments in Cologne, he was curator for early medieval archeology at the Frankfurt Museum for Pre- and Early History from 1981. Since 2002 he has been managing director of the institute, which has since been known as the Archaeological Museum in Frankfurt , and was retired at the end of June 2017. After teaching positions at the Universities of Marburg, Frankfurt, Århus and Copenhagen, Wamers was appointed honorary professor for prehistory at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main in 2004.

Wamers curated numerous exhibitions on the European early Middle Ages in Frankfurt, was active on the scientific advisory board of national exhibitions and was involved in several international research projects. His research focuses on the archeology and cultural history of the Carolingian and Viking ages , the early history of the Rhine-Main area as well as treasure art and iconography of the early Middle Ages. He initiated and headed a multi-year interdisciplinary research project on the Tassilo-Liutpirc-Kelch in Kremsmünster Abbey, which was completed in 2019. Wamers is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute and a member of the Görres Society. In 2006 he was appointed Chevalier dans l ' Ordre des Palmes Académiques .

Fonts (selection)

  • with H. Roth: Hessen in the early Middle Ages - archeology and art . Sigmaringen 1984.
  • Insular metal jewelry in Viking Age graves in Northern Europe. Investigations into the Scandinavian western expansion . Neumünster 1985.
  • Pyxides imaginatae. On the iconography and function of Carolingian silver cups . Germania 1991.
  • The early medieval finds from the Löhrstrasse (new Hilton 2 building) in Mainz . Mainz 1994.
  • King in the Frontier. New analysis of the Haiðaby boat chamber grave . Acta Archaeologica Copenhagen 1994.
  • together with Markus Grossbach, Die Judengasse in Frankfurt am Main. Results of the archaeological investigations at Börneplatz . Stuttgart 2000.
  • ... ok Dani gærði kristna. The large Jelling stone in the mirror of Ottonian art . Early Medieval Studies 2000.
  • with M. Grossbach: The Judengasse in Frankfurt am Main. Results of the archaeological investigations at Börneplatz . Stuttgart 2000.
  • The power of silver. Carolingian treasures in the north . Regensburg 2005.
  • Salin's style II on Christian objects. On the iconography of Merovingian art in the 7th century . Journal of Archeology of the Middle Ages 2008.
  • Of bears and men. Berserkers, bear fighters and bear leaders in the early Middle Ages . Journal of Archeology of the Middle Ages 2009.
  • Queens of the Merovingians. Noble graves from the churches of Cologne, Saint-Denis, Chelles and Frankfurt am Main . Regensburg 2012.
  • Tassilo III. from Bavaria or Charlemagne? On the iconography and program of the so-called Tassilo chalice style . In: HR Sennhauser (ed.), Change and Constance between Lake Constance and Lombardy at the time of Charlemagne. St. Johann monastery in Müstair and Churrätien. Acta Müstair, St. Johann Monastery 3. Zurich 2013.
  • Locus amoenus. “Mug 19” in the context of continental art of the 8th and 9th centuries . In: F. Daim (ed.), The gold treasure of Sânnicolau Mare (Hungarian: Nagyszentmiklós). Roman-Germanic Central Museum Conferences 2010, Mainz 2015.
  • The bi-ritual children's grave under the Frankfurt Bartholomäuskirche ("Dom"). Archaeological and scientific research. Franconofurd 2. Writings of the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt 22.2. Regensburg 2015.
  • (Ed.): Bear cult and shaman magic. Early hunter rituals . Regensburg 2016.
  • in aula sacri palatii. On the legal character of the Carolingian Palatinate. And: the ivory fragments and other relics from the Einhard basilica in the Seligenstadt landscape museum . In: E. Wamers (ed.), 814 Charlemagne 2014. Archaeological and historical contributions to Falzes, rule and law around 800. Regensburg 2016.
  • Warlords or vassals? On the semiotics of the Merovingian boat burials in Vendel and Valsgarde in central Sweden.  In: S. Brather, T. Springer (eds.), Warlords oder Amtträger? Outstanding burials from the late Merovingian era. Mürnberg 2018.
  • Pelekyphoros - a "Varangian" from Cologne . Archaeological correspondence sheet 48, 2018.
  • Odin's ancestors. To the early Viking mask pendant from Tissø, Denmark. In: From Hammaburg to Herimundesheim. Festschrift for Ursula Koch. Mannheim 2018.
  • Caftan, straight hair and staff. A gold sheet figure motif and the world of images of Europe in the 6th – 9th centuries. Century. In: A. Pesch, M. Helmbrecht (eds.), Gold foil figures in focus. A Scandinavian find group and related objects and images from ancient and medieval Europe. Munich 2019.
  • (Ed.): The Tassilo-Liutpirc-Chalice in Kremsmünster Abbey. History, archeology, art. (Writings of the Archaological Museum Frankfurt. Volume 32). Regensburg 2019.


  • Daniel Winger (Ed.): Research in Franconofurd. Festschrift for Egon Wamer's 65th birthday (= writings of the Archaeological Museum Frankfurt am Main. Volume 28). Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 2017, ISBN 978-3-7954-2974-4 .

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