Nicole Reifarth studied conservation and restoration at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt with a focus on textiles and organic materials. Afterwards she received a second master degree in archaeology and restoration from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg where she also received a doctorate in 2012 with a thesis on “Late Roman Sarcophagus Burials from St. Maximin in Trier: Results of a Methods-Critical Analysis of Archaeological Features”. While and after studying she gathered practical experience as a conservator and scientific assistant within several research projects. She has been lecturer for conservation and restoration in Bamberg, Berlin, Bonn, Erfurt and Würzburg since 2008. In 2014 she was awarded a post-doc fellowship by the Institut für die Kulturen des Alten Orients (IANES) at Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen where she works in a project which investigates the microtaphonomy of archaeologic textiles. Nicole Reifarth is co-founder of the private laboratory “microArchaeology” which examines cultural artifacts originating from plants and animals, such as textiles and other organic materials. As a senior fellow at Topoi she was part of the research group (E-CSG-IV) Museums.