Matthias Untermann

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Matthias Untermann (born September 19, 1956 in Tübingen ) is a German art historian and medieval archaeologist .


Matthias Untermann, son of the Indo-Germanist Jürgen Untermann , studied art history, classical archeology and medieval history at the universities of Cologne and Zurich . In 1984 he started with Günther Binding in Cologne with the dissertation “Church buildings of the Premonstratensians . Investigations into the problem of church architecture in the 12th century ”.

After Untermann had already worked on numerous excavations and research projects in the Rhineland , in Baden-Württemberg and in urban archeology in Lübeck during his studies , he became a research assistant at the Baden-Württemberg State Monuments Office in 1985 . There he worked at the Department of Archeology of the Middle Ages and Building Research in Stuttgart and Freiburg im Breisgau , focusing on: archeology of the buildings of monastic communities and urban archeology. In this context, he carried out several important excavations on urban archeology in Freiburg.

In 1998 Untermann completed his habilitation in the subject of art history and archeology of the Middle Ages at the University of Freiburg with Wilhelm Schlink and Heiko Steuer with the habilitation thesis “Forma Ordinis - Studies on the Architecture of the Cistercians in the Middle Ages”. In the winter semester 1999/2000 he took over the C3 professorship for European Art History, Old Department, at the Institute for European Art History at the University of Heidelberg .

Untermann is involved with the German Society for Archeology of the Middle Ages and Modern Times (DGAMN) and edits its newsletter, which has since become an important specialist journal thanks to his work.

His research interests include:

  • Medieval sacred architecture and its equipment, with special consideration of the border areas to archeology, medieval history and liturgy history
  • Semantics of medieval architecture
  • Archeology of the High and Late Middle Ages, especially in an urban context
  • Methodological questions in the dialogue between regional history - art history - archeology - building research

Publications (selection)

Medieval archeology

  • u. a. (2005): Fragments of a Benedictine monastery: St. Georgen in the Black Forest. In: Südwestdt. Contribution. Hausforsch., Vol. 6, pp. 9–214.
  • (2003): Excavations and building studies in monasteries, grangia and city courtyards. Research report and annotated bibliography. Berlin: Lukas-Verlag (studies on the history, art and culture of the Cistercians, 17).
  • with Galioto, Luisa; Löbbecke, Frank (Ed.) (2002): The house "Zum Roten Basler Stab" ( Salzstrasse 20) in Freiburg im Breisgau. Stuttgart: Theiss (research and reports on the archeology of the Middle Ages in Baden-Württemberg, 25).
  • with Helmig, Guido; Scholkmann, Barbara (Ed.) (2002): Center, Region, Periphery. Medieval Europe Basel 2002. 3rd International Congress of Medieval and Later Archeology. 3 volumes. Hertingen.
  • (2001): Breaks in continuity: New cities next to Roman centers in southern and western Germany. In: Contribution. Medieval Arch. Austria, vol. 17, pp. 117-132.
  • (1997): The deserted medieval town "Münster" in the Black Forest. Archaeological investigation 1995-1997. In: Gye de Boe, Frans Verhaeghe (Ed.): Urbanism in Medieval Europe. Papers of the 'Medieval Europe Brugge 1997' Conference. Zellik (IAP Rapp, 1), pp. 361-368.
  • (1995): Archaeological Findings on the Early History of the City of Freiburg. In: Schadek, Hans; Zotz, Thomas (Ed.): Freiburg 1091 - 1120. New research on the beginnings of the city. Sigmaringen: Thorbecke (Archeology and History, 7), pp. 195–230.
  • (1995): Archaeological observations on Freiburg's old town streets and the formation of the "Bächle". In: Schauinsland, vol. 114, pp. 9–26.
  • (1995): The “Harmonie” site in Freiburg im Breisgau. Stuttgart: Theiss (research and reports on the archeology of the Middle Ages in Baden-Württemberg, 19).
  • (Ed.) (1995): The latrine of the Augustinian Hermit Monastery in Freiburg im Breisgau. Stuttgart (material booklets on archeology in Baden-Württemberg).
  • (Ed.) (1995): Fridolinskult and Hammerschmiede. New archaeological studies on the monastery and town of Bad Säckingen. Stuttgart: Society for Prehistory and Early History in Württemberg and Hohenzollern (Archaeological Information from Baden-Württemberg, 31).
  • (1991): Mariental Abbey in Steinheim an der Murr. Roman bath, Grafenhof, monastery. Stuttgart: Theiss (Guide to archaeological monuments in Baden-Württemberg, 13).
  • with Gross, Uwe (1987): Medieval settlement findings in Ditzingen, Ludwigsburg district. In: Archaeological excavations in Baden-Württemberg, pp. 186–190.
  • (1984): The excavations at Berge (Mons) -Altenberg Castle (Gem. Odenthal, Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis). Bonn (Rhenish excavations, 25).

Art history

  • (1989): The central building in the Middle Ages. Form - function - diffusion . Darmstadt: Scientific Book Society.
  • (2001): Forma Ordinis. The medieval architecture of the Cistercians . Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag (Art History Studies, 89).
  • with Günther Binding (2001): Brief Art History of Medieval Order Architecture in Germany . 3rd, supplementary edition Stuttgart: Theiss.
  • with Dorothee Bek, Kristina Hahn (2008): Monasteries in Germany. A leader . Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam jun.
  • (2009): Handbook of Medieval Architecture

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