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Heinrich Guenter Heinz Haerke

  • Heinrich Guenter Heinz Haerke has been at HSE University since 2019.


Archaeological expeditions, research, and teaching at the Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology

Education and Degrees

  • 1993

    Georg-August University of Göttingen
    Thesis Title: Anglo-Saxon weapon burials, 5th to 7th centuries

  • 1975

    Master's in Archaeology
    Georg-August University of Göttingen, Pre- and Protohistoric Archaeology

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

1973–74 — visiting student at University of Edinburgh (Prehistoric Archaeology, Social Anthropology)

1976–78 — postgraduate studies at University of Oxford (New College); Diploma and B.Litt. (subject of B.Litt. thesis: Settlement types and patterns in the West Hallstatt Province)

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Michael Foster Memorial Scholarship, University of Oxford, 1976-78

    Studentship of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 1978-79

    Leverhulme/British Academy Senior Research Fellowship 1997-98

    Visiting Research Fellow, University of Reading 2007-2010 and 2014-2017

    Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (elected 1995)

    Corresponding Member of the Archaeological Institute of America (elected 2016)

    Gold Medal of Korkyt Ata State University of Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan (November 2017)


  • Best Teacher – 2022



24th Annual Academic Conference of Chinese Residental Architecture (Xuzhou). Presentation: Early medieval urbanization on the Northern Silk Road: The case of Dzhankent (Kazakhstan)

Member, International Editorial Board, Yearbook of the Archaeology Department of Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Hungary (from 2014)


2011     International Collaborative Research Grant of the Wenner Gren Foundation (USA), grant no. ICRG-104 for fieldwork at early medieval town of Dzhankent (Kazakhstan)

2012-2015 Collaborative research grant from Gerda Henkel Foundation  (Germany) for archive project 'Conserving, Cataloguing and Digitizing the Archive of the Soviet Chorasmian Expedition'

2018-2023   Collaborative research grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), grant no. 389351859 for fieldwork at early medieval town of Dzhankent (Kazakhstan)

Employment history

since 26 June 2019   Professor, HSE

2010-2019    Honorarprofessor,  Tübingen University (Germany)

1989-2007    Reader, University of Reading (Great Britain)

1984-1989    Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast (Great Britain)

Heinrich Härke: Employment history

since 26 June 2019   Professor, HSE Moscow (Russia)

2010-2019   Honorarprofessor, Universität Tübingen (Germany)

1989-2007   Reader, University of Reading (Great Britain)

1984-1989   Lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast (Great Britain)


Timetable for today

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The Earliest Cat on the Northern Silk Road

Associate Professor Irina Arzhantseva and Professor Heinrich Haerke from the HSE Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology (Faculty of Humanities) have been involved in the discovery of the earliest domestic cat yet found in northern Eurasia. The study has been published in Scientific Reports journal.

‘The Sense of Doing Something New Appeals to Me’

Professor Heinrich Haerke, a renowned archaeology expert, has been cooperating with HSE University researchers for a long time. This year he has joined HSE as a Professor at the recently formed Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology. He has talked to HSE News Service about his research interests, field projects, and teaching archaeology.

Heinrich Härke and Irina Arzhantseva hosting a workshop in Kazakhstan

In the second week of September, at the end of this year’s excavation season at Dzhankent, an international group of experts gathered in western Kazakhstan for an intensive workshop discussing archaeological work at Dzankent and its results so far.

New book on the past of the North Caucasus

At the end of July, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) in Berlin published the full account and results of the cemetery excavations which Professor Heinrich Härke and his colleague Andrej Belinskij (Stavropol) carried out some 20 years ago near Kislovodsk in the North Caucasus.

Participation of Irina Arzhantseva and Heirich Härke in the International Congress in St. Petersburg

From the 6th to the 8th of June, the International Congress “Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan – the path to dialogue between peoples and countries” was held in St. Petersburg. The event was dedicated to the publication of 15 unique books, albums and documentaries dedicated to the collections of historical and cultural monuments of the peoples of Uzbekistan. Irina Arzhantseva and Heinrich Härke are the authors of the volume “The works of the Khorezm expedition in Uzbekistan. Archival material”.

Irina Arzhantseva and Heinrich Härke at Princeton

At the end of April this year, Dr. Arhzantseva and Prof. Härke flew to the USA to attend a workshop at the famous Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. The workshop was entitled Climate, Archaeology and History in the Eurasian Middle Ages, and it was organised by Prof. Nicola DiCosmo, a renowned expert on early historical nomads and their interaction with China and other civilizations.