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Dr. rer. nat. Nicole Klasen


Dr. rer. nat. Nicole Klasen

Südbau, Raum 1.17

Otto-Fischer-Straße 4
50674 Köln

Telefon +49-(0)221-470-8834
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E-Mail nicole.klasen(at)uni-koeln.de


Current Position

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

Research Interest

Quaternary Science, Geochronlogy, Geoarchaeology, Geomorphology 

Current Research

Application of Luminescence  Dating Techniques in Geoarchaeological Studies. Subproject F2 integrated in the CRC 806 "Our Way to Europe". Funding: DFG | PIs: H. Brückner, D. Brill| Participating Scientists in working group: N. Klasen, L. Ageby.

Out of Africa – Late Pleistocene Rock Shelter Stratigraphies and Palaeoenvironments in Northeastern Africa. Subproject A1 integrated in the CRC 806 "Our Way to Europe". Funding: DFG | PIs: J. Richter, O. Bubenzer, R. Vogelsang, K. Kindermann | Participating Scientists in working group: N. Klasen (luminescence dating)

The Eastern Trajectory: Last Glacial Palaeogeography and Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and of the Balkan Peninsula. Subproject B1 integrated in the CRC 806 "Our Way to Europe". Funding: DFG | PIs: J. Richter (Cologne), F. Lehmkuhl (Aachen) | Participating Scientists in working group: J. Bösken, S. Pötter, N. Klasen (luminescence dating).

Patterns and Climate Change in the Late Pleistocene of the Western Mediterranean – A Synthesis Subproject C1 integrated in the CRC 806 "Our Way to Europe". Funding: DFG | PIs: G.-C. Weniger, K. Reicherter, H. Brückner| Participating Scientists in working group: N. Klasen (luminescence dating).

Holocene climatic events in Northern Arabia - Environmental changes and human response (Funding: DFG) | PIs: M. Engel (Cologne), B. Plessen (Potsdam), P. Frenzel (Jena) | Participating scientists: H. Brückner, A. Pint, N. Klasen (Cologne), R. Neef, M. Dinies (Berlin), G. Gleixner (Jena), A. Schwarz (Braunschweig) | Directors of the archaeological excavation: R. Eichmann, A. Hausleiter (Berlin). > More Info



Viehberg, F.A., Just, J., Dean, J., Wagner, B., Franz, S.O., Klasen, N., Kleinen, T., Ludwig, P., Asrat, A., Lamb, H.F., Leng, M., Rethemeyer, M., Milodowski, A.E., Claussen, M., Schäbitz, F., 2018. Environmental change during MIS4 and MIS 3 opened corridors in the Horn of Africa for Homo sapiens expansion. Quaternary Science Reviews (in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.09.008

Zens, J., Schulte, P., Klasen, N. Krauß, L., Pirson, S., Burow, C., Brill, D., Eckmeier, E., Kels, H., Zeeden, C., Spagna, P., Lehmkuhl, F., 2018. OSL chronologies of paleoenvironmental dynamics recorded by loess-paleosol sequences from Europe: Case studies from the Rhine-Meuse area and the Neckar Basin. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology 509, 105-125.

Real, C., Eixea, A., Sanchis, A., Morales Pérez, J.V., Klasen, N., Zilhão, J., Villaverde, V., Abrigo de la Quebrada Level IV (Valencia, Spain): Interpreting a Middle Palaeolithic Palimpsest from a Zooarchaeological and Lithic Perspective., Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology. DOI: 10.1007/s41982-018-0012-z

Klasen, N., Kehl, M., Mikdad, A., Brückner, H., Weniger, G.-C., 2018. Chronology and formation processes of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic deposits of Ifri n’Ammar using multi-method luminescence dating and micromorphology. Quaternary International 485, 89-102.

Kehl, M., Álvarez-Alonso, D., de Andrés-Herrero, M., Díez-Herrero, A., Klasen, N., Rethemeyer, J., Weniger, G.-C., 2018. The rock shelter Abrigo del Molino (Segovia, Spain) and the timing of the late Middle Paleolithic in Central Iberia. Quaternary Research 90, 1-21. DOI: 10.1017/qua.2018.13


Zilhão, J., Anesin, D., Aubry, T., Badal, E., Cabanes, D., Kehl, M., Klasen, N., Lucena, A., Lerma, I.M., Martínez, S., Matias, H., Susini, D., Steier, P., Wild, E.M., Angelucci, D.E., Villaverde, V., Zapata, J., 2017. Precise dating of the Middle-to-Upper Paleolithic transition in Murcia (Spain) supports late Neandertal persistence in Iberia. Heliyon 3 (11). DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2017.e00435

Bösken, J., Obreht, I., Zeeden, C., Klasen, N., Hambach, U.F., Sümegi, P., Lehmkuhl, F., 2017. High-resolution paleoclimatic proxy data from the MIS3/2 transition recorded in northeastern Hungarian loess. Quaternary International (in press). DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.12.008

Fischer, P., Hambach, U.F., Klasen, N., Schulte, P., Zeeden, C., Steininger, F., Lehmkuhl, F., Gerlach, R., Radtke, U., 2017. Landscape instability at the end of MIS 3 in western Central Europe: Evidence from a multi proxy study on a Loess-Palaeosol-Sequence from the eastern Lower Rhine Embayment, Germany. Quaternary International. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2017.09.008

Obreht, I., Hambach, U., Veres, D., Zeeden, C., Boesken, J., Stevens, T., Marković, S.B., Klasen, N., Brill, D., Burow, C., Lehmkuhl, F., 2017. Shift of large-scale atmospheric systems over Europe during late MIS 3 and implications for Modern Human dispersal. Scientific Reports 7, 5848.

Bösken, J. Sümegi, P. Zeeden, C., Klasen, N. Gulyás, S., Lehmkuhl, F., 2017. Investigating the last glacial Gravettian site ‘Ságvár Lyukas Hill’ (Hungary) and its paleoenvironmental and geochronological context using a multi-proxy approach. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology 509, 77-90.

Bösken, J., Klasen, N., Zeeden, C., Obreht, I., Markovic, S.B., Hambach, U.F., Lehmkuhl, F.,2017. New luminescence-based geochronology framing the last two glacial cycles at the southern limit of European Pleistocene loess in Stalać (Serbia). Geochronometria 44, 150-161.

Zens, J., Zeeden, Ch., Römer, W., Fuchs, M., Klasen, N., Lehmkuhl, F. (2017): The Eltville tephra (Western Europe) age revised: Integrating stratigraphic and dating information from different last glacial loess localities. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 466, 240-251.


Zeeden, Ch., Kels, H., Hambach, U., Schulte, P., Protze, J., Eckmeier, E., Markovic, S., Klasen, N., Lehmkuhl, F. (2016): Three climatic cycles recorded in a loess-palaeosol sequence at Semlac (Romania) – Implications for dustt accumulation in south-eastern Europe. Quaternary Science Reviews 154, 130-142.

Schäbitz, F., Wagner, B., Viehberg, F., Wennrich, V., Rethemeyer, J., Just, J., Klasen, N., Asrat, A., Lamb. H., Foerster, V., Trauth, M., Junginger, A., Cohen, A. (2016): First results from the deep drilling at Chew Bahir (S-Ethiopia). Quaternary International 404, 179.

Klasen, N., Fiebig, M., Preusser, F. (2016): Applying luminescence methodology to key sites of Alpine glaciations in Southern Germany. Quaternary International 420, 249-258.

Kehl, M., Burow, C., Cantalejo, P., Durán, JJ., Henselowsky, F., Klasen, N., Linstädter, J., Medianero, J., Pastoors, A., Ramos, J., Reicherter, K., Schmidt, C., Weniger, GC. (2016): Site formation and chronology of the new Palaeolithic site Sima de Las Palomas de Teba, Southern Spain. Quaternary Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2016.01.007


Klasen, N., Loibl, C., Rethemeyer, J., Lehmkuhl, F. (2015): Testing feldspar against quartz luminescence dating of sandy loess sediments from the Doroshivtsy site (Ukraine). Quaternary International. DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.05.036

Klasen, N., Fischer, P., Lehmkuhl, F., Hilgers, A. (2015): Luminescence dating of loess deposits from the Remagen-Schwalbenberg site, Western Germany. Geochronometria 42, 67-77.

Bartz, M., Klasen, N., Zander, A., Brill, D., Rixhon, G., Seeliger, M., Eiwanger, J., Weniger, GC., Mikdad, A., Brückner, H. (in press): Luminescence dating of ephemeral stream deposits around the Palaeolithic site of Ifri n' Ammar (Morocco). Quaternary Geochronology 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2015.02.012 


Klasen, N., Hilgers, A., Schmidt, C., Bertrams, M., Schyle, D., Lehmkuhl, F., Richter, J., Radtke, U. (2013): Optical dating of sediments in Wadi Sabra (SW Jordan). Quaternary Geochronology 18, 9-16.

Tolksdorf, J.F., Klasen, N., Hilgers, A. (2013): Human impact during the Mesolithic: Evidence by aeolian sediments from the Elbe-Jeetzel area, northern Germany. Journal of Archaeological Sciences 40, 2813-2823. 


Bertrams, M., Protze, J., Schyle, D., Klasen, N., Richter, J., Lehmkuhl, F. (2012): A preliminary model of Upper Pleistocene Landscape Evolution in the Wadi Sabra (Jordan) based on geoarchaeological investigations. Journal of Ancient Studies, Special Volume 3, 229-236.

Bertrams, M., Protze, J., Löhrer, R., Schyle, D., Richter, J., Hilgers, A., Klasen, N., Schmidt, C., Lehmkuhl, F. (2012): Multi environmental change at the time of the Modern Human passage through the Middle East – First results fromgeoarchaeological investigations on Upper Pleistocene sediments in the Wadi Sabra (Jordan). Quaternary International 274, 55-72.

Brill, D., Klasen, N., Brückner, H., Jankaew, K., Scheffers, A., Kelletat, D. & Scheffers, S. (2012): OSL dating of tsunami deposits from Phra Thong Island, Thailand. Quaternary Geochronology 10, 224-229.

Brill, D., Klasen, N., Brückner, H., Jankaew, K., Kelletat, D., Scheffers, A. & Scheffers, S. (2012): Luminescence dating of palaeotsunami deposits on Phra Thong Island (Thailand) - implications for local correlation and regional recurrence history. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 12, 2177-2192. 


Klasen, N., Engel, M., Brückner, H., Hausleiter, A., Intilia, A., Eichmann, R., al-Najem, M.H., al-Said, S.F. (2011): Optically stimulated luminescence dating of the city wall system of ancient Tayma (NW Saudi Arabia). Journal of Archaeological Science 38, 1818-1826.

Engel, M., Brückner, H., Pint, A., Wellbrock, K., Ginau, A., Voss, P., Grottker, M., Klasen, N., Frenzel, P. (2011): The early Holocene humid period in NW Saudi Arabia - evidence from sediments, microfossils and palaeo-hydrological modeling. Quaternary International 266, 131-141.

Tolksdorf, J.F., Kaiser, K., Terberger, T., Klasen, N., Schneider, B., Masberg, P. (2011): Aeolian sedimentation in the Rhine and Main area from the Late Glacial until the Mid-Holocene: New evidence from the Magdalenien site of Götzenhain (Hesse, Germany). Quaternary Science Journal 59, 36-43. 


Voett, A., Bareth, G., Brückner, H., Curdt, C., Fountoulis, I., Grapmayer, R., Hadler, H., Hoffmeister, D., Klasen, N., Lang, F., Masberg, P., May, S.M., Ntageretzis, K., Sakellariou, D., Willershäuser, T. (2010): Beachrock-type calcarenitic tsunamites along the shores of the eastern Ionian Sea (western Greece) – case studies from Akarnania, the Ioniasn Islands and the western Peloponnese. ZfG 54 Suppl.3, 1-50. 


Tolksdorf, J.F., Kaiser, K., Veil, S., Klasen, N., Brückner, H. (2009): The Early Mesolithic Haverbeck site, Northwest Germany: evidence for Preboreal settlement in the Central European Plain. Journal of Archaeological Science 36, 1466-1476. 


Klasen, N. (2008): Lumineszenzdatierung glazifluvialer Sedimente im nördlichen Alpenvorland. Dissertation. Universität zu Köln. 209 S.

Preusser, F., Degering, D., Fuchs, M. Hilgers, A., Kadereit, A., Klasen, N., Krbetschek, M., Richter, D., Spencer, J. (2008): Luminescence dating: Basics, methods and applications. Quaternary Science Journal (Eiszeitalter und Gegenwart), 57/1-2, 95-149. 


Klasen, N., Fiebig, M., Preusser, F., Reitner, J., Radtke, U. (2007): Luminescence dating of proglacial sediments from the Eastern Alps. Quaternary International 164-165, 21-32. 


Klasen, N., Fiebig, M., Preusser, F., Radtke, U. (2006): Luminescence properties of glaciofluvial sediments from the Bavarian alpine Foreland. Radiation Measurements 41, 866-870. 


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