Dr Hajnalka Herold


I completed my PhD in Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Vienna (Austria) in 2002, and my Diploma in Archaeology at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (Hungary) in 1999. During my undergraduate and postgraduate years, I was a visiting student at the Universities of Sheffield (United Kingdom) and Vienna, as well as at the J. W. Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). After finishing my PhD, I joined the Vienna Institute of Archaeological Science (VIAS), University of Vienna, and was a Research Associate (2002-2009) and Project Leader (2009-2013) there until my appointment at the University of Exeter.

In 2010, I was awarded a Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Bonn, Germany), which I spent at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg (Germany) and at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). The research topic that I pursued during this 18-month fellowship was ‘The Archaeology of the Frankish Empire and its Successor States as a Basis for the Analysis of their South-Eastern Border Region’. Over 2003/04 and 2005, I held postdoctoral fellowships in ceramics archaeometry at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) in the framework of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships Programme.

Prior to joining Exeter, my teaching experience included positions as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Vienna (2003-2013), and as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Graz (Austria, 2012), Freiburg (2011), Basel (Switzerland, 2009), and Budapest (2009 and 2005).

External Appointments

  • Member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Peer Review College, United Kingdom (appointed for a second term of three years from January 2018)
  • Reviewer/selection panel member for the European Commission, the Irish Research Council, the Fulbright Commission, the Czech, Polish, and Hungarian Science Funds, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, the Central European University, and the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development
  • Council member for the Society for Medieval Archaeology, United Kingdom
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • Member of the International Sachsensymposion – Research network for the archaeological study of the Saxons and their neighbouring peoples
  • Committee member for MERC – Medieval Europe Research Community
  • Reviewer for the publishing houses Brill, Routledge, Equinox, Medieval Institute Publications/Arc Humanities Press, and BAR Publishing, as well as the journals Antiquity, Archaeometry, Medieval Archaeology, STAR: Science & Technology of Archaeological Research, Archaeologia Austriaca, and Acta Archaeologica Carpathica
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), United Kingdom

Membership of Societies and Networks

  • Society for Medieval Archaeology, United Kingdom
  • Medieval Settlement Research Group, United Kingdom
  • European Association of Archaeologists – EAA
  • LandCover6k – a working group of the PAGES (Past Global Changes) project
  • Medieval Central Europe Research Network – MECERN
  • Rethinking the Medieval Frontier Network, United Kingdom
  • Working Group Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages in the West and South German Association of Antiquarian Studies
  • Austrian Association for Prehistory and Early History – ÖGUF
  • Austrian Association for Medieval Archaeology – ÖGM
  • Working Group Medieval and Post-medieval Ceramics in Austria
  • Society for Scientific Archaeology, Archaeometry – GNAA
  • Commission for Archaeometry, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • European Association for the Advancement of Archaeology by Experiment – EXAR