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Justyna Baron, PhD

Visiting Scholar, Field Museum

Anthropology, Archaeology

Pronouns: She/her


I am an archaeologist and lecturer at the University of Wrocław, Poland. My scientific interests concern mainly the section of European prehistory known as the Bronze Age (2300-800 BC). For over a dozen years I have been researching manufacturing technologies and ways of using objects made of various raw materials. I am studying the directions and intensity of technological interactions which would give us a better insight into possible social patterns of communication and knowledge transfer in prehistoric societies.

Selected Grants

The National Centre for Science, Poland, Community, identity, ritual. Interdisciplinary research pattern in studies of cremation cemeteries of the Lusatian culture communities, 2017-2021

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Multifaceted analyses of the Bronze Age hoarding phenomenon. Case study of Karmin deposits, SW Poland, 2018-2019

Selected Publications

  1. Baron, M. Diakowski, B. Badura, T. Stolarczyk, 2022. Bone, antler, and tooth objects from the late bronze/early Iron Age urnfields in south-western Poland, Quaternary International, DOI:10.1016/j.quaint.2022.10.014
  2. Baron, J. Puziewicz, K. Nowak, B. Miazga, D. Sych, M. Ziobro. 2020. Same but different. Composition, production and use of bronze arrowheads from the Late Bronze Age deposit from Wrocław-Widawa in SW Poland. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 32, 1024-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102459
  3. Sych, K. Nowak, M. Maciejewski, B. Miazga, J. Baron. 2020. Influence of conservation of copper and bronze artefacts on traces of production and use-wear. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(7), 141-152. DOI:10.1007/s12520-020-01115-0
  4. Liczbińska, J. Piontek, J. Baron, D. Łaciak, R. Kuźbik. 2020. Are metals necessary for the study of social stratification during the Bronze Age and the Iron Age? A proposal for a new methodological approach. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 60, 1012-41. DOI: 201210.1016/j.jaa.2020.101241
  5. Baron, M. Maciejewski, B. Miazga, K. Nowak, D. Sych. 2020. More Bronze Age less bronze: copper axes in the late Bronze Age hoard from Karmin, Poland. Antiquity 94(377), E29. DOI:10.15184/aqy.2020.139
  6. Baron, M. Diakowski. Tools make tools: Changes in bone and antler manufacture at Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Polish sites. Antiquity 92(363), E5. DOI:10.15184/aqy.2018.98


2014 - University of Wrocław, associate professor habilitation degree
2004 - University of Wrocław, PhD in archaeology
1999 - University of Wrocław, MA in archaeology

Professional Memberships

European Association of Archaeologists

Worked Bone Research Group

Research Currently in Progress

Project ‘Cross-craft interactions in the Central European Bronze Age’ Fulbright Senior Award, September 2023-June 2024, The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago

The project aims at studying technological interactions practiced in Central Europe in ca. 2300-800 BC (the Bronze Age) in a broad perspective that goes beyond presenting archaeometric data obtained for the particular types of raw materials. I want to bring together the data obtained for selected crafts, such as potting, metallurgy and bone and antler processing, to find out if and how people processing various materials communicated with one another. The main objective of my project is therefore to provide a comprehensive and coherent interpretative model of communication and knowledge transfer in various types of activities, both specialised and domestic.