Elisabeth Völling studied Near Eastern archaeology, classical archaeology and anthropology at Ludwigs-Maximilian-Universität München. In addition to this she has a professional education as a textile technology assistant and practical experience in lab assistancy. Her doctoral thesis which was defended at Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München combined both expertises by investigating textile technique in the ancient Orient with a special focus on raw materials and manufacturers. During her 12 years as a research assistant at Universität Würzburg she gave lectures and worked for diverse research projects in classical archaeology, Near Eastern studies, archaeometry and museology. Furthermore, she curated exhibitions in the Martin von Wagner Museum of Universität Würzburg and the Malerwinkelhaus Marktbreit. Besides that she realized topographhical surveys in Paphos, Cyprus, excavations in Išān Bahrīyāt, Iraq and in the prehistoric Pelopion in Olympia, Greece. She is co-founder of “microArchaeology” which is a private lab for the examination of cultural material originating from plants or animals, such as textiles and other organic materials. During her fellowship at Topoi she worked within the research group (E-CSG-IV) Museums by creating a new concept for the exhibiton of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte.