Hannah Strehlau M.A.

Hannah Strehlau M.A.

E-Mail: hannah.strehlau@zbsa.eu • Telefon: +49/(0)4621/813 – 548 • Fax: +49/(0)4621/813 – 535

PhD thesis

Origins and influences on early Gotlandic picture stones: a study on the A-stones and their parallels in Scandinavia and in the Roman Provinces. [working title]

Research interests
  • 1st millennium especially Late Antiquity, Migration Period, Vendel/Merovingian Period in continental Europe and Scandinavia
  • Gotlandic picture stones, pre-Christian religion, funerary archaeology, cross-cultural interaction, images, visual culture, oral culture

Born on September 30th 1991 in Essen (NRW)

09/2019: PhD student at ZBSA, Schloss Gottorf

08 – 12/2018: Excavation work for Upplandsmuseet (Sweden)

08/2016 – 06/2018: Master at University of Uppsala (Sweden)

04/2012 – 06/2015: Bachelor at Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz


DAAD 2-year scholarship for Master studies in Sweden
Travel stipend by Kunglige Gustav Adolfs Akademien för svensk folkkultur
Travel stipend by Svenska Fornminnesförening

University theses

Bachelor thesis: Das Gräberfeld von Vendel in Uppland und seine Bedeutung für die Chronologie des frühmittelalterlichen Skandinaviens.

Master thesis: Animals in burial contexts: an investigation of Norse rituals and human-animal relationships during the Vendel Period and Viking Age in Uppland, Sweden.



H. Strehlau, Das Gräberfeld von Vendel in Uppland, Schweden. Ber. Arch. Rheinhessen u. Umgebung 9, 2016, 141-160.
H. Strehlau, Early Gotlandic Picture Stones and Their Parallels to Roman Tombstones in Portugal and Spain. ZBSA Jahresbericht, 2019, 24f.
H. Strehlau, Origins and Influences on Early Gotlandic Picture Stones – a PhD Proposal. ZBSA Jahresbericht, 2020, 24.
H. Strehlau, Hidden Stones and Hidden Images: The Continuous Work on Early Gotlandic Picture Stones, ZBSA Jahresbericht, 2021, 39.
J. S. Lim/S. Gleason/H. Strehlau et al. Alaska Native Allotments at Risk: Technological Strategies for Monitoring Erosion and Informing Solutions in Southwest Alaska, Land 2023, 12(1), 1-19.
H. Strehlau, The occurrence of Ursus arctos in relation to other faunal remains in burials during the Late Iron Age (560/70–1050 CE) in Uppland, Sweden. In: O. Grimm (ed.), Bear and human – facets of a multi-layered relationship from past to recent times with an emphasis on northern Europe (in press).

Conference presentations

Inventering, katalogisering och digitalisering vid Gustavianum [Inventory, cataloguing and digitalisation at Gustavianum] presented together with John Worley, curator at Museum Gustavianum in Uppsala at Riksantikvarieämbetet’s Samlingsforum 2017 in Lund (Sweden)

Animals in burial contexts – An investigation of Norse rituals and human-animal relationships presented at the annual EAA conference 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

Migration Period picture stones from Gotland – Comparisons to other stone monuments and metalwork presented at the annual EAA conference 2021 in Kiel.

Migration Period picture stones from Gotland as witnesses of an oral culture presented at the annual EAA conference 2021 in Kiel.

The oldest Gotlandic picture stones and their parallels in the Roman provinces presented at the Second Picture Stone Symposium, 2022 in Visby, Sweden.

The Gotlandic picture stones as an expression of cultural contacts with remote areas of Western Europe Two PhD dissertations presented in the frame of the Ancient Images 2.0-project presented at 73rd Internationales Sachsensymposion, 2022 in Krakow, Poland (together with L. Albrecht, S. Oehrl, A. Pesch).