Jutta Meurers-Balke

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Jutta Meurers-Balke (born Jutta Balke ; born December 6, 1949 in Fritzlar ) is a German archaeologist and archaeobotanist .

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Jutta Meurers-Balke is the daughter of the civil engineer Kurt Balke and his wife Marta nee. Textor. She attended elementary school in Fritzlar , from 1960 the Ursuline school and after secondary school, the König-Heinrich-Schule , where she passed the Abitur in 1968 . From 1968 to 1978 she studied prehistory and early history with Hermann Schwabedissen and Karl Hermann Jacob-Friesen , classical archeology with Tobias Dohrn and Hans Georg Niemeyer , geology with Karl Brunnacker and ethnology with Kurt Tauchmann at the University of Cologne .

In 1975 she passed the Magister examination with a thesis on the Ertebølle culture in Denmark. As the successor to Rudolf Schütrumpf, she became head of the “Laboratory for Pollen Analysis and Vegetation History” at the Institute for Prehistory and Protohistory at the University of Cologne. She also completed a supplementary degree in botany with funding from the Volkswagen Foundation . In 1975/1976 she led excavations in Siggeneben-Süd . The results of this research on the Funnel Beaker culture were in the supervised by Hermann Schwabedissen and Rudolf Schütrumpf dissertation together with which it 1978 Natural History of Mathematics at the Faculty of the University of Cologne doctorate was.

The laboratory she headed was renamed “Labor für Archäobotanik” in the 1980s. In 2015 she retired . A colloquium was held in Rheinbach in 2014 to honor her scientific work .

Jutta Meurers-Balke has been married to the lawyer Theo Meurers since 1975. You live in Cologne-Nippes .


In 2005 the “Archaeobotanical Working Group NRW” with Ingrid Cloß, Arie J. Kalis, Jutta Meurers-Balke, Ursula Tegtmeier and Ralf Urz received the German Archeology Prize from the German Society for Prehistory and Early History .


Jutta Meurers-Balke published around 200 articles from 1973 to 2017 and edited conference papers and commemorative volumes.

  • Siggeneben-South. A settlement site of the early funnel cup culture on the former Baltic Sea coast from a scientific and archaeological perspective. Dissertation. University of Cologne 1978. Cologne 1979, DNB 801253047 . Published with additional articles: Wachholtz, Neumünster 1983, ISBN 3-529-01150-9 .
  • with Karl-Heinz Knörzer: The early Holocene flora of the Rhine Valley near Neuss and the Erftaue near Hombroich (= Decheniana . Supplement 38). Natural History Association, Bonn 1999, DNB 958303932 .


  • Lepenski Vir. Images of man from an early European culture. Exhibition catalog. Roman-Germanic Museum . Zabern, Mainz 1981, ISBN 978-3-8053-0494-8 .
  • with aria J. Kalis: 7000 years of rural landscape. Creation, research, conservation. Twenty essays in honor of Karl-Heinz Knörzer . Habelt, Bonn 1993, ISBN 978-3-7927-1246-7 .
  • with Jürgen Hoika: Contributions to the early Neolithic beaker culture in the western Baltic Sea region. Conference paper 1st International Funnel Beaker Symposium. Wachholtz, Neumünster 1994, ISBN 978-3-529-01844-2 .
  • with Karl Josef Strank: fruits, vegetables and herbs of Charlemagne. "... that you have all the herbs in the garden ...". Zabern, Mainz 2008, ISBN 978-3-8053-3879-0 .
  • with Tünde Kaszab-Olschewski: unlimited culinary delights. Roman cuisine in a Germanic province. Hansgerd Hellenkemper on his 65th birthday. Zabern, Mainz 2010, ISBN 978-3-8053-4241-4 .
  • with Werner Schön: Past times. Liber Amicorum. Commemorative letter for Jürgen Hoika . Habelt, Bonn 2012, ISBN 978-3-7749-3761-1 .


  • with Arie J. Kalis, Renate Gerlach, Antonius Jürgens: Landscape and settlement history of the Rhineland. In: Traces of plants. Archaeobotany in the Rhineland: Agricultural landscape and useful plants through the ages. 1999, pp. 11-66.
  • with Karl-Heinz Knörzer, Hans-Arnold Glasmacher, Hubert Berke, Renate Gerlach, Ursula Tegtmeier: A late medieval fountain in Duisburg's Niederstrasse. In: Bonner Jahrbücher of the Rhenish State Museum in Bonn. 199, 1999, pp. 347-396 ( online , PDF; 66 MB).
  • with Ursula Tegtmeier: Archaeobotany in the Ruhr area. An interim balance. In: Not just cabbage and turnips - archaeobotany in the Ruhr area. Klartext, Essen 2001, ISBN 3-89861-056-X , pp. 9–54.
  • with Henriette Brink-Kloke et al .: Settlements and graves at the Oespeler Bach (Dortmund) - a cultural landscape through the ages. In: Germania . Bulletin of the Roman-Germanic Commission of the German Archaeological Institute. Volume 81, 1, 2003, pp. 47-146, OCLC 605421982 .


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Individual evidence

  1. a b c CV. In: Jutta Meurers-Balke: Siggeneben-Süd. Dissertation. University of Cologne 1978. Cologne 1979, DNB 801253047 , p. 142
  2. a b Martina Shepherd: The history of the Institute of Prehistory and Early History at the University of Cologne. epubli, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-7450-1718-2 ( limited preview in Google book search).
  3. ^ Foreword by the editors. in: Tünde Kaszab-Olschewski, Ingrid Tamerl (Ed.): Forest and wood use in Roman antiquity. Kerpen-Loogh 2017, pp. VII – VIII, ISBN 978-3-945663-11-0 (PDF; 542 kB).
  4. ^ Winner of the German Archeology Prize 2005 on the website of the German Society for Prehistory and Early History
  5. Publications of the Laboratory for Archaeobotany with articles by Jutta Meurers-Balke