Susanne Bocher

Susanne Bocher studied Prehistoric and Classical Archaeology as well as Geology at the Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen and the University of Crete. Her PhD on geometric sheet-bronzes of Olympia was completed in 2010 and defended at the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. Since 2004 she has been working for the Olympia-Project at the German Archaeological Institute. Her research project on early votives and their religious interpretation in the sanctuary of Olympia was part of the Project “Olympia and its environment’.  Since 2010 she is also involved in the Kalaureia-Project of the Swedish Institute in Athens, where she is studying and interpreting the metal finds.

Within her research project on geometric and archaic bronze finds in Olympia Susanne Bocher studied how early Greek sanctuaries were organized and how they were influenced by local and regional impacts. Especially religious activities involving votives and rituals as well as their impact on the formation of collective identities were in her focus.