Arnica Keßeler studied Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin. In May 2013 she wrote her master thesis on the subject of “Things called spindle whorls. The spindle whorls from Monjukli Depe, Turkmenistan 2010 & 2011”.

Currently, she is working in the theoretical field of identities studies, aiming to team up reaserchers from various disciplines for a joint publication on “Identity and the ancient World”.

Her interests vary from different theoretical approches, like material culture studies and gender theory to various concepts of social interactions and how they are or should be entangled in archaeology.