Mgr. Estelle Ottenwelter, Ph.D.

Department: Department of natural sciences and archaeometry – Conservation laboratory
Job: conservator, restorer, archaeologist
Telephone Number: + 420 266 009 291
Specialization: She specializes in the archaeometric study and conservation of archaeological metal finds. Main research focuses on the technical study of Early Medieval elite jewellery using optical microscopy, SEM/EDS, XRF, optical metallography, X-ray radiography, X-ray computed tomography, FIB FEG/SEM and experimental archaeology.
8J24FR019 Early Medieval elite silver jewellery in Bohemia: a multidisciplinary and comparative study on materials, construction, typology, chronology and provenance. Barrande Mobility (head of project)
FSPI-R N° OCTOBRE-2023-52 Support for heritage in South Central Asia
GAP405/12/2195 Burial group in Prague Castle’s Lumbe Garden: analysis of jewellery and grave goods relating to the beginnings of Prague Castle (team member)
GAP405/12/2289 Swords of medieval Europe as a technological, cultural and historical source (team member)
GA18-26503S Dress accesories and social life in medieval towns of Central Europe (Prague-Wroclaw) (team member)
Grantee from the Leon Levy Foundation, USA: establishment of a laboratory of conservation (2010), training sessions in conservation sciences (2011-2013; 2014-2016) (head of the project)

E. Ottenwelter holds a PhD in Archaeology (University Toulouse Jean Jaurès), a Master Degree in Archaeology (Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne ) and a Master degree in Applied Science for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne).
She is specialized in the archaeometric study and conservation of ancient metals. Her main research deals with the characterization of early medieval elite jewellery, ancient manufacturing processes, mounting, materials, corrosion and impact of conservation treatment by means of optical microscopy, SEM/EDS, XRF, metallography, X-ray radiography, X-ray computed tomography, FIB FEG/SEM and experimental archaeology.

She works at the Institute of Archaeology since 2005.

She is teaching archaeological conservation (Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Leon Levy restoration laboratory in Turkmenistan, National museum of Afghanistan) and Archaeometry of noble metals in Charles University, Prague.

As the head conservator of the MAFTUR (Archaeological French mission in Turkmenistan) in Ulug Depe since 2004, she has established a well equipped laboratory of restoration in the dig house of the MAFTUR and has lead six intensive courses in archaeological conservation with the support of the Leon Levy Foundation. She also participated in other excavations as a field conservator in Caucasus and Azerbaijan (CNRS).