Taylor Otto

Taylor Otto
in C1

University of Cologne
Institute of Prehistory

    Talstrasse 300
40822 Mettmann
  +49 (0)221-470 6528
+49 (0)2104-979755
  E-mail:   otto@neanderthal.de

CRC 806 - Project Affiliation:

Project C1
Settlement Patterns and Climate Change in the Late Pleistocene of the Western Mediterranean - A Synthesis

Project Z3
Integrated Research Training Group (IRTG)

Scientific Interests:

  • Spatial Analysis of Land Use and Mobility in Palaeolithic Societies
  • GIS Modelling and Archaeological Theory
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Palaeolithic Prehistory of the Maghreb and the Iberian Peninsula

Ph.D. Research Topic:

Land Use in the Late Glacial of the Western Mediterranean (working title)

Supervisor: Gerd-Christian Weniger


Since 2018: Ph.D. student at Institute of Prehistory, University of Cologne.

2017: M.A. in Prehistory, University of Cologne

M.A. thesis: Moving Around and Settling Down - Reassessing and Reconstructing Prehistoric Land Use with GIS. A Case Study from the Eastern Rif, Northeast Morocco

2015: B.A. in Prehistory, University of Cologne

B.A. thesis: Hassi Berkane - eine neu entdeckte, steinzeitliche Fundstelle des östlichen Rifs, Nordost-Marokko (German)


Otto, T.; Brückner, H.; Weniger, G.-C. (in press): Hassi Berkane and Late Iberomaurusian Land Use in the Eastern Rif, Morocco. Quartär.

Weniger, G.-C.; de Andres-Herrero, M.; Bolin, V.; Kehl, M.; Otto, T.; Potí, A.; Tafelmaier, Y. (2019): Late Glacial Rapid Climate Change and Human Response in the Westernmost Mediterranean (Iberia and Morocco). PLoS ONE 14(12): e0225049. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0225049.

Otto, T.; Weniger, G.-C. (2019): Skelettpopulationen wildbeuterischer Gruppen vom Mittelpaläolithikum bis zum Mesolithikum. Ein Test zu Trends und Aussagefähigkeit. In: Baales, M., Pasda, C., "All der holden Hügel ist kiner mir fremd..."; Festschrift zum 65. Geburtstag von Claus-Joachim Kind, 85-98.

Willmes, C.; Niedziółka, K.; Serbe, B.; Grimm, S. B.; Groß, D.; Miebach, A.; Märker, M.; Henselowsky, F.; Gamisch, A.; Rostami, M.; Mateos, A.; Rodríguez, J.; Limberg, H.; Schmidt, I.; Müller, M.; Hölzchen, E.; Holthausen, M.; Klein, K.; Wegener, C.; Weninger, B.; Nielsen, T. K.; Otto, T.; Weniger, G.-C.; Bubenzer, O.; Bareth, G. (2020): State of the Art in Paleoenvironment Mapping for Modeling Applications in Archeology—Summary, Conclusions, and Future Directions from the PaleoMaps Workshop. Quaternary 3(2) 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/quat3020013

Ramos-Muñoz, J.; Weniger, G.-C.; Cantalejo, P.; Bolin, V.; Kehl, M.; Espejo, M.; Tafelmaier, Y.; Pastoors, A.; Domínguez-Bella, S.; Cabello, L.; Otto, T.; Fernández-Sánchez, D.; Moreno-Márquez, A.; Rotgänger, M.; Vijande-Vila, E.; Becerra, S.; Kellberg Nielsen, T.; Barrena-Tocino, A.; Almisas-Cruz, S.; Cantillo-Duarte, J. J.; Riquelme, J. A.; Beltrán, A.; Uzquiano, P.; Ramos-García, P.; Bailón, S.; Rofes, J.; Sánchez-Marco, A. (2019): Excavations in Solutrean Levels of Ardales Cave (Málaga). In: Schmidt, I.; Bicho, N.; Cascalheira, J.; Weniger, G.-C. (ed): Human adaptations to the Last Glacial Maximum: The Solutrean and its neighbors.

Field Work / Research Assignments:

  • Since 2015: Excavation Campaign in the Cueva de Ardales (Málaga)
  • 2015 - 2017: Excavation Campaign in the Sima de las Palomas de Teba (Málaga)
  • 2015: Excavation in Ifri el Baroud, Eastern Rif, Morocco

Conference Presentations (last 3 years):

  • Nielsen, T. K.; Otto, T.; Weniger, G.-C. (2019): Modelling Late Pleistocene human behaviour in the Western Mediterranean: past and future perspectives. Talk at the conference “PaleoMaps Workshop. Modeling and mapping paleoenvironments” in Cologne, 23. – 24. September 2019.
  • Otto, T.; Weniger, G.-C.; Bolin, V.; Tafelmaier, Y.; Potì, A.; Kehl, M.; de Andrés Herrero, M. (2019): Coping methods – how Western Mediterranean hunter-gatherers dealt with climate change. Talk at the conference “20th Congress of the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA)” in Dublin, 25. – 31. July 2019.
  • Otto, T.; Linstädter, J.; Mikdad, A.; Weniger, G.-C. (2019): Hassi Berkane and Late Iberomaurusian Subsistence in Northeast Morocco. Talk at the conference “New Perspectives on Neanderthal Behaviour. 61st Annual Meeting of the Hugo Obermaier-Society” in Erkrath, 23. – 27. April 2019.
  • Otto T, Mikdad A, Eiwanger J, Weniger G-C, Land Use in the Late Iberomaurusian of the Eastern Rif - Sites, Settlement Pattern and Mobility. Talk at the XVIII UISPP World Congress, Session XXIII-1 Paleoenvironmental, Behavioural Variability, Cultural Transitions and Dispersals during the Pleistocene and the Holocene in North West Africa in Paris, 4. - 9. June 2018
  • Otto T, Moving Around and Settling Down – Reconstructing Palaeolithic Land Use with GIS. Talk at the Conference “Human History and Digital Future – CAA 2018” in Tübingen, 19. – 23. March 2018





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