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Dr. rer. nat. Anja Zander


Dr. rer. nat. Anja Zander

Südbau, Raum -1.07

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Köln

Telephone +49-(0)221-470-3414
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E-mail anja.zander(at)


Technical Lab Management 

Research, dosimetry and luminescence dating for collaborative projects

Research Interests

Subjects: Geoarchaeology, Luminescence Dating, Geomorphology, Quaternary Geology 
Regions: Central Europe, Central Asia, Middle East  


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Professional Experience

Since 2009
Technical Lab Management, Department of Geography, University of Cologne

Executive employee, ASA - Laboratory for Archaeometry GmbH, Wadgassen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography, Philipps-University Marburg

Research Assistant, Department of Geology, University of Cologne


Kudrass, H.R., Hanebuth, T.J.J , Zander, A.M., Linstädter, J., Akther, S.H. , Shohrab, U.M., 2022, Architecture and function of salt-producing kilns from the 8th to 18th century in the coastal Sundarbans mangrove forest, Central Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta, Bangladesh, Archaeological Research in Asia, 32,

Kolb, T., Tudyka, K., Kadereit, A., Lomax, J., Poręba, G., Zander, A., Zipf, L., Fuchs, M. 2022. The µDose-system: determination of environmental dose rates by combined alpha and beta counting – performance tests and practical experiences, Geochronology, 4, 1-31,

Hanebuth, T.J.J, Kudrass, H.R., Zander, A.M., Akhter, H.S., Neumann‑Denzau, G., Zahid, A. 2021. Stepwise, earthquake-driven coastal subsidence in the Ganges–Brahmaputra Delta (Sundarbans) since the eighth century deduced from submerged in situ kiln and mangrove remnants. Natural Hazards,

Nottebaum, V., Stauch, G., van der Wal, J.L.N., Zander, A., Schlütz, F., Shumilovskikh, L. et al. 2021. Late Quaternary landscape evolution and paleoenvironmental implications from multiple geomorphic dryland systems, Orog Nuur Basin, Mongolia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 1-23,

Brill, D., May, S. M., Mhammdi, N., King, G., Burow, C., Wolf, D., Zander, A., Lehmann, B., and Brückner, H. 2021: Evaluating optically stimulated luminescence rock surface exposure dating as a novel approach for reconstructing coastal boulder movement on decadal to centennial timescales. Earth Surface Dynamics, 9, 205-234,

Klinge, M., Schlütz, F., Zander, A., Hülle, D., Batkhishig, O., Lehmkuhl, F., 2020. Late Pleistocene lake level, glaciation and climate change in the Mongolian Altai deduced from sedimentological and palynological archives. Quaternary Research, 1-22.

Bartz, M., Duval, M., Brill, D., Zander, A., King, G.E., Rhein, A., Walk, J., Stauch, G., Lehmkuhl, F., Brückner, H., 2020. Testing the potential of K-feldspar pIR-IRSL and quartz ESR for dating coastal alluvial fan complexes in arid environments. Quaternary International, 556, 124-143,

Medialdea, A., May, S.M., Brill, D., King, G., Ritter, B., Wennrich, V., Bartz, M., Zander, A., Kuiper, K., Hurtado, S., Hoffmeister, D., Schulte, P., Gröbner, M., Opitz, S., Brückner, H., Bubenzer, O., 2019. Identification of humid periods in the Atacama Desert through hillslope activity established by infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dating. Global and Planetary Science Letters, 185,

Zander, A., Strebler, D., Classen, E., Rethemeyer, J., Brückner, H., 2019. Roman traces in Germania magna: new thermoluminescence and pIRIR290 data from a lime kiln at Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. Archaeometry 61-2, 506-518.

Fedorov, G., Andreev, A.A., Raschke, E., Wennrich, V., Schwammborn, G., Glushkova, O.Y., Juschus, O., Zander, A. and Melles, M., 2018. Middle to Late Pleistocene lake-level fluctuations of Lake El’gygytgyn, fareast Russian Arctic. Boreas, DOI: 10.1111/bor.12367 

Riedesel, S., Brill, D., Roberts, H.M., Duller, G.A.T., Garrett, E., Zander, A., King, G.E., Tamura, T., Burow, C., Cunningham, A., Seeliger, M., DeBatist, M., Heyvaert, V.M.A., Fujiwara, O., Brückner, H. and the QuakeRecNankai team, 2018. Single-grain luminescence chronology of historical extreme-wave event de-posits recorded in the Shirasuka lowlands, Pacific coast of central Japan. Quaternary Geochronology 45, 37-49. DOI: org/10.1016/j.quageo.2018.01.006

Barlow, N.L.M, Bentley, M.J, Spada, G., Evans, D.J.A., Hansom, J.D., Brader, M.D., White, D.A., Zander, A., Berg, S.,  2016. Testing models of ice cap extent, South Georgia, sub-Antarctic. Quaternary Science Reviews 154, 157-168; DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.11.007

Classen, E., Gerlach, R., Nolde, N., Rethemeyer, J., Tegtmeier, U., Weber, H.-M., Zander, A. 2016. Eine Kalkbrennerei der römischen Kaiserzeit in der germania magna. Archäologie im Rheinland 2015, 142-144, Hrsg. J. Kunow und M. Trier, Theiss, Darmstadt.

Bartz, M., Klasen, N., Zander, A.,Brill, D., Rixhon, G., Seeliger, M., Eiwanger, J., Weniger, G.-C., Mikdad, A., Brückner, H., 2015. Luminescence dating of ephemeral stream sediments around the Palaeolithic site of Ifri n’Ammar (Morocco). Quaternary Geochronology 30, 460-465; DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2015.02.012 

Lehmkuhl, F., Zeeden, C., Böskens, J., Eckmeier, E., Hambach, U.F., Hauck, T., Klasen, N., Markovic, S., Obreht, I., Schulte, P, Sümegi, P., Veres, D., Zander, A., 2014. Climatological and environmental change as derived from physical and geochemical loess sediment properties: Examples of last glacial loess sites from the Pannonian Basin. Late Pleistocene and Holocen climatic variability in the Carpathian Basin, Abstract Volume, 91-94, Conference paper.

Fischer, P., Hilgers, A. & Zander, A., 2014. Zur Landschaftsgeschichte des Pulheimer Baches. - In: Pulheimer Beiträge zur Geschichte und Heimatkunde 39, 1-16. Hsg.: H. Bienert, Verein für Geschichte e.V. Pulheim, 240 S.

May, S.M., Zander, A., Francois, J.P., Kelletat, D., Pötsch, S., Rixhon, G., Brückner, H., 2014. Chronological and geoarchaeological investigations on an anthropogenic shell accumulation layer in the Longotoma dune field (Central Chile). Quaternary International 367, 32-41; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.06.005

Kels, H., Protze, J., Sitlivy, V., Hilgers, A., Zander, A., Anghelinu, M., Bertrams, M., Lehmkuhl, F., 2014. Genesis of loess-like sediments and soils at the foothills of the Banat Mountains, Romania – Examples from the Paleolithic sites Româneşti and Coşava. Quaternary International 351, 213-230; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.04.063

Lehmkuhl, F., Zeeden, Ch., Bösken, J. Eckmeier, E., Hambach, U., Hauck, T., Klasen, N., Markovic, S.B., Obreht, I., Schulte, P., Sümegi, P., Veres, D., Zander, A., 2014. Climatological and environmental change as derived from physical and geochemical loess sediment properties: Examples of last glacial loess sites from the Pannonian Basin, Georeview: Seria Geografie 24, 91-94; DOI: 10.4316/Georeview.2014.0.0.200

Hanebuth, T.J.J., Kudrass, H. R., Linstädter, J., Islam, B., Zander, A., 2013. Rapid coastal subsidence in the central Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta (Bangladesh) since the seventeenth century deduced from submerged salt-producing kiln. Geology 41, 987-990 ; DOI: 10.1130/G34646.1

Anna, S., Franke, G., Zander, A., 2013. Löwenhaus, Levenhaus, Lieferhaus – Thermolumineszenzdatierungen an einem Bohrkern aus der Kellerwand des Lieferhauses in der Liefergasse 10, Düsseldorf. In : Stadtgründung, S: 108-118, Hrsg. S. Anna u. H. Preuß, Droste Verlag, Düsseldorf.

Zander, A., Hilgers, A., 2013. Potential and limits of OSL, TT-OSL, IRSL and pIRIR290 dating methods applied on a Middle Pleistocene sediment record of Lake El’gygytgyn, Russia. Climate of the Past 9, 719-733; DOI: 10.5194/cp-9-719-2013

Iovita, R.P., Fitzsimmons, K.E., Dobos, A., Hambach, U., Hilgers, A., Zander, A., 2012. Dealul Guran: evidence for Lower Paleolithic occupation of the Lower Danube loess steppe. Antiquity 86, 973-989; DOI: 10.1017/S0003598X00048195

Vött, A., Lang, F., Brückner, H., Gaki-Papanastassiou, K., Maroukian, H., Papanastassiou, D., Giannikos, A., Hadler, H., Handl, M., Ntageretzis, K., Willershäuser, T., Zander, A., 2011. Sedimentological and geoarchaeological evidence of multiple tsunamigenic imprint on the Bay of Palairos-Pogonia (Akarnania, NW Greece). Quaternary International 242, 213-239; DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2010.11.002

Schmidt, C., Kreutzer, S., Fattahi, M., Bailey, R.M., Zander, A., Zöller, L., 2011. On the luminescence signals of empty sample carriers, Ancient TL 29, 65-74.

Roskin, J., Porat, N., Tsoar, H., Blumberg, D.G., Zander, A., 2011. Age, origin and climatic controls on vegetated linear dunes in the northwestern Negev Desert (Israel). Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 1649-1674.; DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.03.010 

Lindhorst K., Vogel H., Hilgers A., Zander A., Krastel S., Wagner B., Wessels M., Daut G., 2010. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores. Biogeosciences Discussions 7, 3651-3689; DOI: 10.5194/bg-7-3531-2010

Vött, A., Brückner, H., Zander, A., May, S.M., Mariolakos, I., Lang, F., Fountoulis, I., Dunkel, A., 2009. Late Quaternary evolution of Mediterranean poljes – the Vatos case study (Akarnania, NW Greece) based on geo-scientific core analyses and IRSL dating.  Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie N. F. 53, 145-169; DOI: 10.1127/0372-8854/2009/0053-0145

Wohlfarth, B., Veres, D., Ampel, L., Lacourse, T., Blaauw, M., Preusser, F., Andrieu-Ponel, V., Keravis, D., Lallier-Verges, E., Bjorck, S., Davies, S., Louis de Beaulieu, J., Risberg, J., Hormes, A., Kasper, H.U., Possnert, G., Reille, M., Zander, A., 2008. Rapid ecosystem response to abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period in Western Europe, 40-16 kyr BP. Geology 36, 407-410; DOI: 10.1130/G24600A.1

Von Den Driesch, A., Brückner, H., Obermaier, H., Zander, A., 2008. The hunt for wild dromedaries at the United Arab Emirates coast during the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC. Camel bones from the excavations at Al Sufouh 2, Dubai, UAE. Archaeozoology of the Near East VIII, 487-498, Maison de l ’Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon.

Cuttler, R., Beech, M., Kallweit, H., Zander, A., Yasin al-Tikriti, W., 2007. Pastoral nomadic communities of the Holocene climatic optimum: excavation and research at Kharimat Khor al-Manāhil and Khor al-Manāhil in the RubΚ al-Khālī, Abu Dhabi. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 37: 61-78.

Zander, A., Degering, D., Preusser, F., Kasper, H.U., Brückner, H., 2007. Optically stimulated luminescence dating of sublittoral and intertidal sediments from Dubai, U.A.E.: Radioactive disequilibria in the uranium decay series. Quaternary Geochronology 2, 123-128; DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2006.04.003

Lehmkuhl, F., Zander, A., Frechen, M., 2007. Luminescence chronology of fluvial and aeolian deposits in the Russian Altai (Southern Siberia). Quaternary Geochronology 2, 195-201; DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2006.04.005

Zander, A., Fülling, A., Brückner, H., Mastronuzzi, G., 2006. OSL dating of Upper Pleistocene littoral sediments: a contribution to the chronostratigraphy of raised marine terraces bordering the Gulf of Taranto, Southern Italy. Geographia fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria 29, 33-50. 

Kaiser, K., Miehe, G., Schoch, W.H., Zander, A., Schlütz, F., 2006. Relief, soil and lost forests: Late Holocene environmental changes in southern Tibet under human impact. Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie, Supplement 142, 149-173.

Mischke, S., Herzschuh, U., Sun, Z., Qiao, Z., Sun, N. & Zander, A.M. 2006: Middle Pleistocene Ostracoda from a large freshwater lake in the presently dry Qaidam Basin (NW China). - Journal of Micropalaeontology 25, 57-64.

Mischke, S., Herzschuh, U., Sun, Z., Qiao, Z., Sun, N., Zander, A., 2006. A late Middle Pleistocene large inland lake in a contemporary hyperarid desert. Episodes 29, 34-38.

Zander, A., Brückner, H., 2005. Chronology and evolution of submerged mangrove swamps buried in the subsoil of Dubai. Tribulus 15, 10-16.

Brückner, H., Hottenrott, M., Kelterbaum, D. Müller, K.-H., Rittweger, H., Zander, A., Zankl, H., 2005. Karst und Paläoböden im Limburger Becken. Exkursionsführer zur Jahrestagung der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft (Hrsg. P. Felix-Hennigsen, P. Kühn, C. Opp), 105-114, Marburg.

Gruber, C., Ayoub, S., Brückner, H., Von Den Driesch, A., Manhart, H., Qandil, H., Werner, P. & Zander, A. (2005): The site of Al Sufouh 2 within Dubai Internet City/U.A.E.: Preliminary report on four campaigns of excavation (03/2001-11/2002) – Emirates Cultural Heritage.

Frechen, M., Zander, A., Zykina, V., Boenigk, W., 2005. The loess record at the section at Kurtak in Middle Siberia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 228, 228-244; DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2005.06.004

Zander, A., 2004. Anwendungsmöglichkeiten und Grenzen bei der Datierung von historischem Mörtel mit Lumineszenzmethoden. Festungsjournal, Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Festungsforschung 22, 23-24.

Gruber, C., Ayoub, S., Brückner, H., Von Den Driesch, A., Manhart, H., Qandil, H., Werner, P.,  Zander, A., 2003. The site of Al Sufouh 2 within the Internet City of Dubai/U.A.E.: Preliminary report on four campaigns of excavation (03/2001-11/2002), In: Hellyer, P. (ed.) (2004): “The archaeological and palaeontological excavations undertaken in the U.A.E. throughout 2002-2003”, Proceedings of the Symposium held at Al Ain, April 02-03, 2003.

Nilson, E., Lehmkuhl, F., Stauch, G., Zander, A. & Frechen, M., 2003. The palaeoclimatological significance of dust signals: New luminescence dates from Russian and Mongolian dust source areas. Schriften der Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung 06/2003, 315-320.

Zander, A., Fülling, A., Brückner, H. & Mastronuzzi, G., 2003. Lumineszenzdatierungen an litoralen Sedimenten der Terrassentreppe von Metapont, Süditalien. Essener Geographische Arbeiten 35, 77-94.

Zander, A., Frechen, M., Zykina, V. & Boenigk, W., 2003. Luminescence chronology of the Upper Pleistocene loess record at Kurtak in Middle Siberia. Quaternary Science Reviews 22,  999-1010; DOI: 10.1016/S0277-3791(03)00034-9

Zander, A., 2000. Vergleich verschiedener Lumineszenzmethoden zur Datierung von Löß.  Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie 6, 1-92.

Zander, A., Duller, G.A.T. & Wintle, A.G., 2000. Multiple and single aliquot dating techniques applied to quartz extracted from Middle and Upper Weichselian loess, Zemechy, Czech Republic. Journal of Quaternary Sciences 15: 51-60; DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1417(200001)15:1<51::AID-JQS468>3.0.CO;2-6

Zander, A., 1999.  Zur Stratigraphie des Lößprofils von Zemechy, Tschechische Republik (Stratigraphy of the Loess Section in Zemechy, Czech Republic). In: R. Becker-Haumann & M. Frechen (Ed.) Terrestrische Quartärgeologie, 161-167.

Frechen, M., Zander, A., Cílek, V., Lozek, V., 1999. Loess Chronology of the Last Interglacial/Glacial Cycle in Bohemia and Moravia, Czech Republic. Quaternary Science Reviews 18, 1467-1493; DOI: 10.1016/S0277-3791(98)00087-0