Dr. Nick Gestrich

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Research projects


Professional activities




Bild: Mirko Krenzel für die VolkswagenStiftung


Tel.: 0049-(0)69-79833058

Mail: Gestrich[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de

Freigeist-Fellow der VolkswagenStiftung


thematic priorities: Archäologie und Geschichte der sozialen Komplexität, Mündliche Überlieferung/Oral Histories

regional priorities: Westafrika, insbesondere Mali


research projects

Markadugu: the relationship of urbanism and trade to state power in the Segou region of Mali

Projet Segou (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/directory/projet_segou_macdonald)

Projet Do (in Kollaboration mit Kevin MacDonald (UCL), Seydou Camara (ISH Bamako) und Daouda Keïta (Université de Bamako))



2004 - 2007 BA(Hons) Archaeology, Durham University

2007-2008 MA Archaeology, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. Dissertation: "Pottery in time and space at Tongo Maaré Diabal"
Mai 2013 PhD, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London. Titel: "The Archaeology of Social Organisation at Tongo Maaré Diabal" Betreuer: Prof. Kevin MacDonald; Dr. Ulrike Sommer; Dr. Katie Manning. Prüfer: Dr. Bill Sillar; Dr. Sonja Magnavita


professional activities

2013-14 Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London

2014-15 Teaching Fellow in African Archaeology und Graduate Diploma Tutor am UCL Institute of Archaeology, London

2016- Freigeist-Fellow der VolkswagenStifung am Frobenius-Institut



2015 Freigeist Fellowship der VolkswagenStiftung

2012 Institute of Archaeology Awards Conference Grant

2009 Emslie Horniman Anthropological Scholarship (starred award)

2009 Tweedie Exploration Fellowship

2009 UCL Graduate School Research Grant

2009 Institute of Archaeology Award



Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (RAI)

Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAFA)



Articles in journals

2019 (Amy K. Styring, Amadou M. Diop, Amy Bogaard, Louis Champion, Dorian Q. Fuller, Nikolas Gestrich, Kevin C. Macdonald, Katharina Neumann) „Nitrogen isotope values of pennisetum glaucum (pearl millet) grains: towards a reconstruction of past cultivation conditions in the Sahel, West Africa.”, Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 28 (6):663–678

2018 (Nikolas Gestrich, K. C. Macdonald) „On the margins of Ghana and Kawkaw: Four seasons of excavation at Tongo Maaré Diabal (AD 500 – 1150), Mali”, Journal of African Archaeology 16(1):1-30

2013 “The Archaeology of Social Organisation at Tongo Maaré Diabal”, Archaeological Research in Africa 48 (4):547-551

2011 “Putting a Price on the Past: The Ethics and Economics of Archaeology in the Marketplace - a reply to What is Public Archaeology?", Present Pasts 3(2):80-82

2011 (K. C. Macdonald, S. Camera, S. Canós, Nikolas Gestrich, D. Keita) “Sorotomo: A forgotten Malian capital?”, Archaeology International 13:52-64

Articles in edited volumes

2018 „Ta Masa und die Magier. Politische Geschichte in Mali jenseits der Schriftquellen“, in: L. Regazzoni (Hrsg.), Schriftlose Vergangenheiten: Geschichtsschreibung an ihrer Grenze von der Frühen Neuzeit bis in unsere Gegenwart, 247-266. Berlin: De Gruyter

2016 (Kevin C. MacDonald, Nikolas Gestrich, Seydou Camara, Daouda Keita) „The ‚Pays Dô‘ and the origins of the empire of Mali“, in: B. Rossi und T. Green (Hrsg.), Landscapes, sources and intellectual projects: Politics, history and the West African past, 63-78. Leiden: Brill

publications in other media

2019 „The empire of Ghana”, in: Thomas Spear (Hrsg.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History (Online). DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.013.396

2017 Rezension von R. J. Macintosh, S. K. Macintosh und H. Boucoum (Hrsg.): „The search for Tak-rur. Archaeological excavations and reconnaissance along the Middle Senegal Valley“, in: African Archaeological Review 34(4):557-559

2017 Rezension von Anne M. Compton: „Excavations at Kranka Dada. An examination of daily life, trade, and ritual in the Bono Manso region“, in: Azania – Archaeological Research in Africa 52(4):544-546

2014 ”Book review: Sylvain Ozainne; Un Néolithique Ouest-Africain”, Journal of African Archaeology 12(1):103-104

2013 “Book review: Pierre Lemmonier; Mundane Objects: Materiality and non-verbal communication”, Papers from the Institute of Archaeology 23(1):Seite-Seite