Research | Amenities

Monrepos provides the amenities for successful archaeology

Collections and archives are at the heart of a Research Museum

Our archives and the library are available for research purposes by arrangement.
Information and registration:
Dr. Olaf Jöris (Tel. 02631-977214,

Research | Amenities | CalPal

An archaeological revolution

Download CalPal

The CalPal Program converts 14C dates into calendar years. The dates are calibrated against relevant palaeoenvironmental archives. Archaeology and environmental change can then be exactly correlated. It was a worldwide first when we succeeded in extending this back as far as 50,000 years ago. CalPal was developed with the University of Cologne in a cooperation going back many years and is today available as a free download or Online-Version.


Research | Amenities | Library


One of the largest Research Libraries for the Archaeology of Early Humans

The catalogue currently records almost 80,000 titles and is constantly being updated to include new publications. Printed publications also include an extensive collection of copies and offprints and are complemented by the digitally accessible journal library.

Our library is a reference library. Publications may only be consulted at MONREPOS and by prior appointment.

Library Hours:
Mo-Thu 8 am - 5 pm
Fr  8 am - 12 noon


Research | Amenities | TraCEr


TraCEr: Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments

The TraCEr lab runs under the research umbrella of MONREPOS, namely, understanding the evolution
of our behaviour during the early history of humanity
. In Pleistocene Archaeology, interpreting artefact variability has long been one of the most debated topics. In fact, to what uses humans put their tools and how these might have varied through time and space is one of the key areas of research for understanding the evolution of human behaviour.

The main scope of TraCEr is to carry ground-breaking functional studies that combine 1) methodological development and 2) fundamental research on Pleistocene and Early Holocene archaeology.

Contact: Dr. Joao Marreiros
(Tel. 02631-9772271,


Research | Amenities | Osteological reference collection

Osteological reference collection

Zooarchaeology is
one of our research

The osteological reference collection in our zooarchaeology laboratory allows the comparative identifification of skeletal material from archaeological contexts. Emphasis is on recent and Pleistocene European faunas. Besides large mammals the collection also holds recent small mammal species.

A particular feature is the taphonomic collection. This contains comparative material for age determination and for the differentiation of cut marks and impact fractures from naturally occurring surface modifications.

Lithic Raw Material reference collection

Research | Amenities | Lithic Raw Material reference collection

Lithic Raw Material reference collection

Raw material collection
with over 230 rock samples

The collection of lithic raw materials contains samples of the siliceous rocks used to manufacture tools in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic. They help in the identification of the raw material of the archaeological finds.

Currently the collection contains samples of over 230 rock types from different sources, at the heart of which are those of Rhineland origin.

RGZM Study Collection (Pleistocene/Early Holocene)

Research | Amenities | RGZM Study Collection (Pleistocene/Early Holocene)

RGZM Study Collection (Pleistocene/Early Holocene)

4,500 Palaeolithic and Mesolithic artefacts from across the Old World

These consist of stone tools and other objects either as original finds or high quality replicas produced by the conservation laboratories of the RGZM.

An important part of the study collection is formed by the archive of “Venus Figurines”. The collection of more than 50 figurines is the largest of its kind worldwide.

Photographic Archive

Research | Amenities | Photographic Archive

Photographic Archive

Almost 30,000 digitalised records

These document our excavations, finds and research. Unique is the Heidelhof Collection containing more than 300 3D motifs of parietal art from French and Spanish cave localities.

Our photographic archive is available for research and publication purposes.

Please address enquiries regarding use of the photographic archive, copyright and ordering to: Dr. Lutz Kindler (Tel. 02631-977225,

Research | Amenities | Collegiate Rooms

Collegiate Rooms

Our collegiate rooms are available for guest researchers and students by previous appointment only.

With three apartments, four single and three double rooms our collegiate rooms offer researchers ideal conditions for a succesful residency.

Information and registration:

Heidrun Gräf (Tel. 02631-977216,