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KOST, Catrin

Assistant Professor

Center for Social Sciences



Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Associate Fellow, Graduate School 'Distant Worlds'

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate School 'Distant Worlds'

Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University
Assistant Professor Chinese Archaeology

The British Museum, London
Project Curator Stein Collection Database





Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
PhD in Chinese Archaeology, passed magna cum laude (1.0)

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Magister Artium in Sinology, Chinese Art and Archaeology, European Prehistory, passed with distinction

Study of Sinology, Chinese Art and Archaeology, European Prehistory
in Heidelberg, Munich, Shanghai and Paris



Academic Visits


Department of History, Peking University (PKU) Beijing:
Visiting Research Fellow

Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) Beijing:
Visiting Research Fellow

University of Pittsburgh: Research Stay (2 weeks)

State Hermitage Saint Petersburg: Research Stay (1 week)

Yunnan Provincial Museum, Kunming and National Museum of Vietnamese History, Hanoi: Research stay (2 months)



Academic publication



Korperpflege und Korperlichkeit als Spiegel sozialen Wandels im alten China: Archaologische Quellen und schriftliche Uberlieferung (1045 BCE-CE 220) (In progress, expected to be completed by the end of 2018)


The Practice of Imagery in the Northern Chinese Steppe (5th1st centuries BCE). Bonn Contributions to Asian Archaeology 6. Bonn: Vor- und FruhgeschichtlicheArchaologie/Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat, 2014.


Studien zur Bildpraxis im nordchinesischen Steppenraum vom 5. Jahrhundert v. Chr. bis zur Zeitenwende. Online publication Munich University, 2014.


(ed.) (with Carsten Juwig): Bilder in der Archaologie eine Archaologie der Bilder? Tubinger Archaologische Taschenbucher 8. Munster et al.: Waxmann, 2010.



with W. Guo, The deerstone-khirigsuur complex at Sandaohaizi: thoughts on its function and usage, (5000 words; completion projected for 3/2017)


Von Schmutzfinken, Saubermannern und Barbaren: Uberlegungen zur Stellung der Korperpflege im China der Han-Dynastie, in: Shing Muller/Armin Selbitschka (eds.), Festschrift fur Thomas O. Hollmann. (26pp.; accepted 04/2016)


Heightened receptivity steppe objects and steppe influences in royal tombs of the Western Han dynasty, JAOS (48pp.; peer-reviewed; scheduled for 137.2 (2017))


Changed Strategies of Interaction: Exchange Relations on Chinas Northern Frontier in Light of the Finds from Xinzhuangtou, in: Katheryn M. Linduff, Karen S. Rubinson (eds.), Objects that Connect Ancient Asia. Leiden: Brill (32 pp.; peerreviewed; forthcoming)


‘’Yours ever so sincerely: Albert von le Coq seen through his Correspondence with Aurel Stein, in: Helen Wang (ed.), Sir Aurel Stein, Colleagues and Collections, British Museum Research Publication 184, 2012.


with Carsten Juwig, Bilder in der Archaologie eine Archaologie der Bilder? Einleitende Bemerkungen, in: Juwig/Kost 2010, 13-32.


with Jennifer M. Bagley, Bedeutungsfelder figurlicher Kunst in fruhen Kulturen, in: Juwig/Kost 2010, 173-195.


Book Review

Eurasian Steppe Bronzes (Re)discovered, review of John Boardman, The Relief Plaques of Eastern Eurasia and China. The Ordos Bronzes, Peter the Greats Treasure, and their kin. BAR S2146. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2010 and Ulf Jager/ Sascha Kahnsteiner. Ancient Metalwork from the Black Sea to China in the Borowski Collection. Ruhpolding/Mainz: Franz Phillip Rutzen, 2011. The Silk Road 10 (2012), 146-150.



The tombs of burial mound No. 49 of the Han Dynasty at Shangma Hill in Anji County, Zhejiang Province by Huang Haode and Wo Haowei. Chinese Archaeology 16 (2016), 119-133.


The Excavation of a Warring States Period Tomb at Xixin Village in Qingzhou City,

Shandong Province by Shandong Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology; Qingzhou Municipal Museum. Chinese Cultural Relics Vol 2, No. 1-2 (2015), 52-87.


Gilt Coffin Ornaments from Han Dynasty Tombs in Wushan County: In the Context of Coffin Decoration Customs during the Han Dynasty by Li Meitian. Chinese Cultural Relics Vol 2, No. 1-2 (2015), 222-231.


The Dali Kingdom Era Sutra Pillar from the Ksitigarbha Temple in Kunming City, Yunnan Province) by Jingzheng Gao and Xiaofan Li. Chinese Cultural Relics Vol. 1, No. 2-4 (2014), 439-446.




Modern: German (native speaker), English (fluent), Swedish (fluent), Mandarin (fluent spoken, advanced written), French (advanced)

Ancient: Latin, Greek, Classical Chinese

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