After studying in Heidelberg, which she graduated as a qualified interpreter for Spanish and English, from 1960 she studied ancient American studies, ethnology and linguistics in Hamburg with Franz Termer and Günter Zimmermann , where she wrote a source-critical thesis on the Crónica Mexicana des Hernando de Alvarado Tezozómoc received his doctorate. Until 1975 she worked in the Puebla / Tlaxcala priority program of the German Research Foundation in the Mexican states of Puebla and Tlaxcala on ethno-historical topics. From 1984 to 1988 she taught ethnology at the University of Göttingen . Then she headed until 1994, the America department of the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum of the city of Cologne , where she was responsible for various exhibitions, including the successful traveling exhibition The World of the Maya and spring work of the Indians of South America .
She had been married to the American artist Hanns J. Prem since 1978 , with whom she repeatedly researched and published.
- Nikolai Grube: Obituary Ursula Dyckerhoff (1930-2004). In: Mexicon , Volume 26, No. 4, 2004, p. 76. ( JSTOR 23759719 ).
- Sandra López Varela: In Memoriam: Ursula Dyckerhoff . In: Yearbook of Latin American History . 41, 2004, pp. 15-18. .
- Ursula Dyckerhoff-Prem. In: Bettina Beer : Women in German-speaking ethnology. A manual. Böhlau, Cologne / Weimar / Vienna 2007, ISBN 978-3-412-11206-6 , pp. 52–54.
- Literature by and about Ursula Dyckerhoff in the bibliographic database WorldCat
- Literature by and about Ursula Dyckerhoff in the catalog of the Ibero-American Institute of Prussian Cultural Heritage, Berlin
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Dyckerhoff-Prem, Ursula (married name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German ethnologist and American scholar|
|DATE OF BIRTH||4th September 1930|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Wiesbaden|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 10, 2004|
|Place of death||eat|