Dominik Hagmann









Born in Lower Austria, I am currently working as a university assistant at the Department of Classical Archaeology and as a lecuterer at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Vienna. During my studies in Classical Archaeology at the University of Vienna, I was involved in various research projects related to Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, and Buildings Archeology, mostly carrying out geophysical surveys, fieldwalking, and excavations in various roles at the Austrian Archaeological Institute (Austrian Academy of Sciences), the Landesmuseum Kärnten, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Vienna, and others. After graduation from the University of Vienna with a master’s degree in Classical Archaeology, I started my PhD-project at the University of Vienna in 2018. In 2020, I stayed at the Department of Classics at the University of Chicago as a visiting student in the course of obtaining the Mobility Fellowship of the University of Vienna.

Research Interests:

As an archaeologist focusing on the Roman provinces, I am particularly interested in the rural settlement of the Roman Empire. Besides actively practicing digitally-driven archaeology in the field and considering the phenomenon of ‚digital archeology‘in theory, I am working on experimental food and further on burial archeology.

Current Research Project: Roman Rural Landscapes in Noricum: Archaeological Studies on Roman Settlements in the Hinterland of Northern Noricum

The PhD project deals with archaeological settlement activities in a precisely defined study area in the northern (today Lower Austrian) hinterland of the former Roman province of Noricum. From 15 BC to 488 AD Noricum formed part of the Roman Empire. While particular regions of this province (e.g. the limes zone) have been in the focus of archaeological research for decades, in-depth analyses of other areas (e.g. the rural hinterland) remain absent often. This state of research applies especially to the section of the former ancient Roman Province in what is now the federal state of Lower Austria. For this reason, the archaeological settlement activities in the hinterland of the limes zone and the ancient Roman municipium of Aelium Cetium/St. Pölten in Northern Noricum are investigated in a well-defined study area. The project is meant to be a critical study in landscape archaeology and aims to shed new light on rural settlements in the study area that have so far been neglected in archaeological research for various reasons. The project pursues an inclusive approach: all available archaeological sources should be taken into account within the ‘area of interest’ (AOI). A further ‘area of special interest’ (AOSI) is defined within the AOI and is used for studies in settlement archaeology at two exemplary sites (villae rusticae of Oberndorf a. D. Melk in the Melk-valley and Petzenkirchen in the Erlauf-valley). While open geodata is used to analyze the environment mainly, unstructured and heterogeneous archaeological data sets of varying extent are the project’s core. While the project’s temporal focus lies on the periods of Roman antiquity also precedent and subsequent periods like the late Latène period (La-Tène D, approx. 150 BC to 15 BC) and the early Middle Ages (post 488 AD) should be taken into account in order to evaluate the spatial, temporal, and material transformation of the AOI.


  • Hagmann, D. (2020). Digitale Archäologie in einer sozialen Dimension: Überlegungen zu sozialer Inklusion und Open Science in der digitalarchäologischen Praxis (ArchaeoPlus – Schriften zur Archäologie und Archäometrie der Paris Lodron-Universität Salzburg). In L. Berger, L. Huber, F. Lang & J. Weilhartner (Hrsg.), Beiträge zum 17. Österreichischen Archäologentag 2018 (Arbeitstitel) (S. 121–130). Salzburg: Universität Salzburg. Zugriff am 9.4.2020. Verfügbar unter:
  • Hagmann, D. (2019). Roman Rural Landscapes in Noricum: Archäologische Untersuchungen zur römischen Besiedlung im Hinterland Nord-Noricums. In F. Pieler & P. Trebsche (Hrsg.), Beiträge zum Tag der Niederösterreichischen Landesarchäologie 2019 (S. 99–107). Asparn an der Zaya: Wissenschaftliche Publikationen aus den Landessammlungen Niederösterreich. Zugriff am 29.5.2020. Verfügbar unter:
  • Hagmann, D. (2018). Reflections on the Use of Social Networking Sites as an Interactive Tool for Data Dissemination in Digital Archaeology. Interdisciplinaria Archaeologica9(1), 7–20.