Dr. Radu Iovita

wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

  • Kompetenzbereich »Pleistozäne Archäologie«

Arbeits- und Forschungsgebiete

  • Paläoanthropologie / Paleoanthropology
  • Paläolithikum / Paleolithic archaeology
  • Steinartefakten / Stone tools
  • Gebrauchsspurenanalyse / Traceology
  • Experimentelle Archäologie / Controlled experiments
  • Geometrische Morphometrie / Geometric Morphometrics
  • Archäologie der Eurasiatischen Lößsteppe / Eurasian Loess Steppe



Curriculum Vitae (academia.edu)

  • Seit 2012: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, RGZM-MONREPOS / Research scientist, RGZM-MONREPOS
  • 2010-2012: DFG-Mitarbeiter im Rahmen des Projektes “Neandertalzeitliche Geschosstechnologien” (MONREPOS) / DFG-Postdoc in “Neandertal Projectile Technology” (MONREPOS)
  • 2008-2010: Stipendiat des RGZM (MONREPOS) / Postdoctoral Fellow of the RGZM (MONREPOS)
  • 2008: Ph. D. in Anthropologie, University of Pennsylvania, USA. Thema der Dissertation: “Ontogenetic scaling in stone tools and its application to European Middle Paleolithic systematics” / Ph. D. in Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, USA (no grading). Dissertation: “Ontogenetic scaling in stone tools and its application to European Middle Paleolithic systematics”
  • 2005: Studiumsaufenthalt, Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, USA / Complex Systems Summer School, Santa Fe Institute, USA
  • 2002: M. Phil. in Archäologie (mit Auszeichnung), University of Cambridge, Großbritannien / M. Phil. in Archaeology (with distinction), University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2001: A. B. (magna cum laude) in Anthropologie, Harvard University, USA / A. B. (magna cum laude) in Anthropology, Harvard University, USA


  • 2008-2010: Postdoktoranden-Stipendium des RGZM / Postdoctoral Fellowship (RGZM)
  • 2007-2008: Stipendium der Louis J. Kolb Stiftung, University of Pennsylvania / Fellowship of the Louis J. Kolb Society, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2006-2007: Stipendium des Dekans, University of Pennsylvania / Dean's Dissertation Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2002-2006: William Penn-Stipendium, University of Pennsylvania / William Penn-Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania


  • 1998-2001: John Harvard-Auszeichnung für akademische Exzellenz (Harvard University) / John Harvard-Scholarship for academic excellence (Harvard University)
  • 2001 (Nominierung): – Thomas Temple Hoopes Forschungspreis (Harvard University) / (Nomination) – Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for undergraduate research (Harvard University)
  • 2001: Phi Beta Kappa, Kapitel "Alpha Iota" von Massachusetts. / Induction into Phi Beta Kappa, "Alpha Iota" Chapter of Massachusetts.


abgeschlossene Projekte am RGZM


PDFs erhältlich über Impactstory oder Academia.edu / All preprints are available on Impactstory or Academia.edu.

Bücher / Books

  • Iovita, R. und K. Sano (Hrsg.) (in Druck) Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Stone Age weaponry, Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, Springer, Dordrecht.
  • Iovita, R. P. 2008. Ontogenetic scaling in stone tools and its application to European Middle Paleolithic systematics. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.

Referierte Artikel in internationalen Zeitschriften/ Peer-reviewed articles in journals

  • Rolett, B, West, Sinton, J, R. Iovita (2015). Ancient East Polynesian voyaging spheres: new evidence from the Vitaria Adze Quarry (Rurutu, Austral Islands) Journal of Archaeological Science: 53: 459–471.
  • Iovita, R. (2014). The role of edge angle maintenance in explaining technological variation in the production of Late Middle Paleolithic bifacial and unifacial tools. Quaternary International 350:105–115.
  • Iovita, R., A. Dobos, K. E. Fitzsimmons, M. Probst, U. Hambach, M. Robu, M. Vlaicu, A. Petculescu (2014). Geoarchaeological prospection in the loess steppe: preliminary results from the Lower Danube Survey for Paleolithic Sites (LoDanS). Quaternary International 351:98-114.
  • Iovita, R., H. Schönekeß, S. Gaudzinski-Windheuser, F. Jäger (2014). Impact fracture patterns in exact replicas of Levallois points: the first results of a new controlled ballistic experimental protocol. Journal of Archaeological Science 48: 73-83.
  • Fitzsimmons, K. E., U. Hambach, D. Veres, R. Iovita. (2013) The Campanian Ignimbrite eruption: new data on volcanic ash dispersal and its potential impact on human evolution PLoS One 8(6): e65839.
  • Iovita, R., K. E. Fitzsimmons, A. Dobos, U. Hambach, A. Hilgers, A. Zander (2012). Dealul Guran: evidence of Lower Paleolithic occupation of the southeast European loess steppe. Antiquity 86(334): 973-989.
  • Iovita, R. (2011). Shape variation in Aterian tanged tools and the origins of projectile technology: a morphometric perspective on stone fool function.” PLoS ONE 6(12): e29029.
  • Iovita, R. und S. P. McPherron (2011). The handaxe reloaded: a morphometric reassessment of Acheulian and Middle Paleolithic handaxes. Journal of Human Evolution 61: 61-74.
  • Rezek, Z., S. Lin, R. Iovita, und H. Dibble (2011). The relative effects of core surface morphology on flake shape and other attributes. Journal of Archaeological Science 38 (6): 1346-1359.
  • Iovita, R. P. (2009). “Ontogenetic scaling and lithic systematics: method and application.” Journal of Archaeological Science 36(7): 1447-1457.

Referierte Buchkapitel /Peer-reviewed book chapters

  • Iovita, R., H. Schönekeß, S.Gaudzinski-Windheuser, F. Jäger (in Druck) Identifying weapon delivery systems using macrofracture analysis and fracture propagation velocity: a controlled experiment. In Multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Stone Age weaponry, R. Iovita und K. Sano (Hrsg.), Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology, Springer, Dordrecht.
  • Iovita, R. P. (2010). “Quantifying and comparing stone tool resharpening trajectories with the aid of Elliptical Fourier Analysis.” In New Perspectives on Old Stones: Analytical Approaches to Palaeolithic Technologies, S.J.Lycett und P. Chauhan (Hrsg.): S235-253. Springer, Dordrecht.
  • Iovita, R. P. (2009). “Re-evaluating connections between the Early Upper Paleolithic of Northeast Africa and the Levant: technological differences between the Dabban and the Emiran.” In Transitions in Prehistory: Papers in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef, J. Shea und D. Lieberman (Eds.), pp. 125-142. Oxbow Books, Oxford.