Doctoral research student Per-Ole Pohl, M.A.

Doctoral research student

Per-Ole Pohl (Germany, 1987)

M.A. in Prehistoric- and Historic Archaeology

PhD project
Christianspries / Friedrichsort and its topography of power. Investigating the aristocratic landscape and fortified border of a Renaissance fortress.
New technical, political and social ideas and impacts altered dramatically the European societies and landscapes during the post medieval period. In the 16th century the bastionary fortification type, as an efficient response to the European firearm evolution, was developed and introduced as a privilege of the high nobility. Attended by this development a professionalism of warfare, which influenced deeply into the common culture and society, was heralded. The primary research region of this project is located in the western coast of the Baltic Sea, which covers todays states of Denmark, Germany and Sweden, in the time frame of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. During this period the establishment and maintenance of sovereigns power was embossed and enforced by a “border aristocracy“, of Renaissance Scandinavia. My focus lies on human constructed and influenced landscapes and the valorisation of cultural landscapes of Renaissance fortifications. The development of the aristocratic landscapes during the renaissance period was highly effected by social, cultural, political and environmental transformations, for example the reformation or the Little Ice Age. A major column of current state, in European castle research, considers the medieval castles as a symbol of status, directly connected to the surrounding landscape. The same argumentation can also be adaptet to the Renaissance fortifications, which were not only strong military sites but social, political and economical hubs. Beside other, these changes were expressed and responded by the nobility, through the post medieval fortifications, like the fortress of Christianspries / Friedrichsort. In which, this military complex, createt during the 30-years war near Kiel, builds the centric point of my research project.
Research interests Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology, Castles and Fortifications, archaeology of conflicts and battlefields, contemporary archaeology, border- and frontier-studies, historic cartography, Scandinavian History

since April 2018
Member of the Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes” at Kiel University

2011 - 2014
Master in Prehistoric- and Historic Archaeology at Kiel University.

2008 - 2011
Bachelor in Archaeology and Monument Preservation at Bamberg University

Work experience

Scholar at the „Europäisches Burgeninstitut, Einrichtung der Deutschen Burgenvereinigung e.V.“ (Rheinland-Pfalz).

Trainee at the „Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr“ in Potsdam (Brandenburg).

Scholar at the School of Culture and Society, Section for Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology of the Aarhus University (Denmark)

Excavation staff at the archaeological excavation of a Funnel Beaker earthwork in Büdelsdorf (Schleswig-Holstein).

Project staff at the Archaeological Department of Schleswig-Holstein (ALSH – “Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein”) in the field of development planning and analysis of potentially endangered cultural monuments in the catchment area of a projected high-tension current wire.

Project staff at the Archaeological Department of Schleswig-Holstein (ALSH – “Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein”) for documentation, digitization and archiving of an elapsed archaeological investigation and their finds from the medieval city of Schleswig (Schleswig-Holstein).

Excavation internship at the archaeological excavation of the medieval church Ruin "St. Katharina" near Krusendorf (Schleswig-Holstein).

Internship in museum educational service at the Archaeological and Ecological Centre Albersdorf (AÖZA – “Archäologisch-Ökologische Zentrum Albersdorf”) near Albersdorf (Schleswig-Holstein).

Independent project staff at the Archaeological Department of Schleswig-Holstein (ALSH – “Archäologisches Landesamt Schleswig-Holstein”) with work emphasis in digitalising, documentation and analysis of potentially find spots in context with an simultaneous build high-tension current wire.

Assistant staff at surveying Office Overath & Sand in Rendsburg (Schleswig-Holstein) in the division for terrestrial 3D-Laserscanning.

Member of a Student workshop about terrestrial 3D-Laserscanning in the Project: “Der Bamberger Dom digital - Vollständige digitale Erfassung, Vermessung und zeichnerische Darstellung, als Grundlage für Forschung und Bauerhalt“, in Bamberg (Bavaria).

Excavation internship during an archaeological prospecting about Neolithic sacrificing places in Upper Franconia (Bavaria).

Excavation internship at the excavation of the early medieval castle ruin on the mount “Rauher Kulm” and the late medieval rotuda called “Biehäusl” near Schlammersdorf-Moos (Bavaria).

Excavation internship at the archaeological excavation of a medieval Bishops Palace and a deserted village near Gerolzhofen (Bavaria).

Selected publications

in press
Per-Ole Pohl, Christianspries. Eine Festung des Dreißigjährigen Krieges im Lichte historischer Bildquellen. In: Castles of the North 3. Castle and Fortification During Reformation Period (1500-1620) – the Holy Roman Empire and the Realms of Western and Northern Europe (in press).

Per-Ole Pohl, Bewehrung, Bewährung und Bewahrung an der Förde - Die Kieler Befestigungen in preußischer Zeit In: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung (Editor), Festungsbau auf dem Weg in den 1. Weltkrieg. Festungsforschung, Volume 11 (in press).

Per-Ole Pohl, Das Erbe vom Reinbothschen Grundstück. Die archäologischen Befunde und Funde der Grabung Schleswig LA 225, Rathausmarkt 17. in: Claus von Carnap-Bornheim, Johannes Müller and Ulrich Müller (Editors), Offa. Berichte und Mitteilungen zur Urgeschichte, Frühgeschichte und Mittelalterarchäologie. Band 71/72, 2014/15 (Kiel and Hamburg 2018) 327-367.