Thomas Rose
ITN-ED-ARCHMAT Ph.D. student for ESR5

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In 2012, Thomas completed his BA in Pre- and Protohistory with a minor in science-based archaeology at the Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen (Germany). Subsequently, he went to the Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany) to study Geosciences, where he completed the MSc with distinction in 2018. Throughout his studies he specialized on archaeometallurgy, particularly on the evaluation of metal stable isotopes for archaeometallurgical research. His theses dealt with copper isotope fractionation during the smelting process and the potential of iron isotopes for provenancing iron artifacts. As a student assistant in the archaeometry lab at the Institute for Geosciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, he became familiar with the scientific analysis of materials outside the metallurgical process chain. After his studies he worked at the German Mining Museum Bochum (Germany) in the project “Evaluating copper isotope fractionation in the metallurgical operational chain: an experimental approach”, which included smelting experiments with copper ores. 
Thomas carries out his PhD project “The Emergence of Copper Pyrotechnology in Western Asia“ within the framework of the Marie-Curie-ITN European Joint Doctorate in ARchaeological and Cultural Heritage MATerials Sciences (ED-ARCHMAT). He investigates the relationship between the As-Sb-rich copper alloys used for lost-way casting in the Southern Levant in the late 5th millennium BC and the nearest known suitable ore deposits of in Anatolia, esp. Arslantepe. He will not only try to reconstruct the provenance of the artifacts but will also focus on the production process. Therefore he will analyze a selection of copper products and related technical ceramics and non-metal leftovers to identify links between the technologies used in both areas. To reach this aim, he will use a multi-method approach (e. g. XRD, SEM, ICP-MS, Raman, TGA/DTA) and will carry out own casting experiments.


  • Rose, T., 2018. Assessment of Fe and O stable Isotope Fractionation in Bog Ores, during Smelting and Corrosion of Iron Objects. Master thesis, Frankfurt (supervisors: Horst R. Marschall, Sabine Klein). 

  • Rose, T., 2015. Kupfer- und Bleiisotopengeochemische Untersuchung von Erzen aus Portugal [Copper and lead isotope analysis of ores from Portugal]. Bachelor thesis, Frankfurt am Main (supervisors: Sabine Klein, Michael Seitz)

  • Rose, T., 2012. Kupferisotopenfraktionierung während der prähistorischen Kupferverhüttung: eine Fallstudie [Copper isotope fractionation during prehistoric copper smelting: a case study]. Bachelor thesis, Tübingen (supervisor: Ernst Pernicka).


  • Rose, T., Morgenstern, G., Stelter, M., Klein, S., 2017. Cu isotope fractionation during prehistoric smelting: a contribution of modern pyrometallurgy, in: Proceedings of the European Metallurgical Conference EMC 2017. European Metallurgical Conference, Leipzig. June 25-28, 2017, pp. 1153–1167.