Universität Bonn

Bonn Center for Digital Humanities

PD Dr. Till F. Sonnemann

Senior Research Associate

Privatdozent for Digital Geoarchaeology at the University of Bamberg


  • project management
  • geophysical analysis in archaeological and historic building research
  • remote sensing surveys and data analysis
  • GIS solutions for historic landscape mapping
  • heritage consultancy for archaeological landscapes and historic places
  • research communication


2016-2022 Junior Professor for Digital Geoarchaeology (Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg), from 2018 to 2020 representative and chair of the examination committee of  bachelor course Archaeology, responsible for its reaccreditation. Founder and  Lead of Monitoring Heritage - International Summerschool (2018-2021)

2013-2016 Postdoctoral Researcher as part of ERC-Synergy Project Nexus 1492 (Universiteit Leiden)

2008-2011 tutor & lecturer (casual, School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney)

2012 Doctor of Philosophy (Dept. of Archaeology, The University of Sydney): Doktorarbeit: Angkor Underground - Applying GPR to analyse the diachronic structure of a great urban complex

2005 Diploma in Geophysics (University of Münster), thesis at the Institute of Planetary Research, DLR Adlershof, Berlin. Title: Neue Auswertung der Daten des Apollo Lunar Seismic Program zur Suche nach Tiefbeben auf der erdfernen Seite des Mondes".

2005 Intermediate Exams of the Magister Artium (M.A.) of Communication (major) und Art History (minor) at University of Münster.

Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (corresponding member)

International Commission of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), German chapter

International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM)

Projects /External Funding

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Lercari, N., Tanasi, D., Sonnemann, T., Hassam, S., Calderone, D., Trapani, P., Ruider, L. and R. Lanteri. 2024. Archaeology of Archaeology at Heloros: Re-interpreting the Urban Layout of a Complex Greek Settlement in Sicily using Proximal Sensing and Data Fusion. Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage 33:e00327. DOI: 10.1016/j.daach.2024.e00327

Sonnemann, T. & P. Burgdorf. 2024. Geophysikalische Prospektion auf Burg Neideck – Neue Erkenntnisse zu Baustrukturen der inneren Vorburg. In: Fleischmann, P., Schnabel, W. W., Seiderer, G.,  Weiss, D.J., Wüst, W. und G. Zeilinger (eds.). Jahrbuch für Fränkische Landesforschung 82, ISBN 978-3-940049-29-2, p. 1-16.

Laffoon, J. E. & T. F. Sonnemann. 2023. "Isotopes, Isoscapes, and the Search for Geographic Origins: unrealized potential or unrealistic expectations?" In: Kalayci T. & K. Lambers. (eds.) Promises and Impasses of Digital Archaeology. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia. Leiden: Sidestone Press, pp. 57-76. DOI: 10.59641/f48820ir

Sonnemann, T.F. 2023. "Not a drop of water” –  The Functioning of the Angkorian Baray, and Their Role Today" In:  Weydt, J & J. Ziesemer (eds.) Water Heritage – A Source of Knowledge for Sustainable Development ICOMOS German Nationalkomitee, Electronic Publication IV, pp. 30-39.

Sonnemann, T. F., Carraz, O., Arencibia Iglesias, S. R. & R. Arrazcaeta. 2022. "Cisternas históricas como indicadores de la gestión urbana del agua. Estudios de georradar en tres patios domésticos en la Habana Vieja." Ciencia y Sociedad  47 (1),  DOI: 10.22206/cys.2022.v47i1.pp59-70

Jean, S. J., Sonnemann, T. F. & C. L.. Hofman. 2021. "Towards a biography of a complex Landscape palimpsest: The case study of Fort-Liberté region, Haiti." Landscape Research 46 (5): 618-637. DOI:10.1080/01426397.2020.1871472

Locicero, M. &  T. F. Sonnemann. 2020. "Behind the Block: results from a geophysical study of the unexcavated area in the south-west of Ostia" In: Kamermans, H. & van der Meer, B. (eds.). Designating Place: archaeological perspectives on built environments in Ostia and Pompeii. Leiden University Press, Leiden: 22-36. https://muse.jhu.edu/book/81832

Hofman, C.L., Ulloa Hung, J., Herrera Malatesta, E., Jean, J.S., Sonnemann, T.F. & M. Hoogland. 2018. "Indigenous Caribbean perspectives: archaeologies and legacies of the first colonised region in the New World." Antiquity 92 (361): 200-216. http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.247

Düring, B., Klinkenberg, V., Pareskeva, C., Croft, P., Souter, E. & T. Sonnemann. 2018. “Excavations at Chlorakas-Palloures (Cyprus), New Light on Chalcolithic Cyprus.”  Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus (RDAC) New Series 1: 468-498.

Hendrickson, M., Pryce, T. O, Sonnemann, T., et al. 2018. “Industries of Angkor Project. Preliminary investigation of iron production at Boeng Kroam, Preah Khan of Kompong Svay.” Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology 42: 32-42.

Sonnemann, T., Comer, D., Patsolic, J., Megarry, W., Herrera Malatesta, E., & C. Hofman. 2017. "Semi-Automatic Detection of Indigenous Settlement Features on Hispaniola through Remote Sensing Data." Geosciences  7 (127); Open Access: doi:10.3390/geosciences7040127.

Michl, E. & T. Sonnemann. 2017. "Siech(en)häuser des Spätmittelalters und der frühen Neuzeit als vernachlässigte Elemente der historischen Kulturlandschaft. Eine Spurensuche in Mainfranken." Jahrbuch für Fränkische Landesforschung 76, Jahrgang 2016:  67-100.

Ulloa Hung, J. & Sonnemann, T. 2017. "Exploraciones arqueológicas en la fortaleza de Santo Tomás de Jánico. Nuevos aportes a su comprensión histórica." Ciencia y Sociedad 43 (3): 11-27. Open Access: http://dx.doi.org/10.22206/cys.2017.v42i3.pp11-27

Laffoon, J., Sonnemann, T., Shafie, T., Hofman, C., Brandes, U., & G. Davies. 2017. "Investigating Human Geogr. Origins Using Dual-Isotope (87Sr/86Sr, δ18O) Assignment Approach." PLoSONE 12 (2): 0172562, Open Access: doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172562

Sonnemann, T., Ulloa Hung, J. and C. L. Hofman. 2016. "Mapping indigenous settlement topography in the Caribbean using drones." Remote Sensing 8 (10) 791; Open Access: doi:10.3390/rs8100791.

Laffoon, J., Sonnemann, T., Antczak, A. & M. Antczak. 2016. “Sourcing Non-Native Mammal Remains from Dos Mosquises Island, Venezuela: New Multiple Isotope Evidence.” Archaeol. Anthropol. Sci. Open Access: DOI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12520-016-0453-6

Sonnemann, T., Herrera, E., & C. Hofman. 2016. “Applying UAS photogrammetry to analyse spatial patterns of Amerindian settlement sites in the northern DR.” In: Forte, M. & S. Campana (eds.) The Age of Sensing, Springer Books: 71-87. NY. Doi: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-40658-9

Sonnemann, T., O’Reilly, D., Chhay, R., Pottier, C., & R. Fletcher. 2015. “The buried Towers of Angkor Wat.” Antiquity 89, 348: 1420-1438. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.179.

Sonnemann, T. 2015. “Spatial configuration of water management at an early Angkorian capital - Combining GPR and TerraSAR-X data to complement an archaeological map.” Arch. Prospection, 22,2: 105–115. DOI: 10.1002/arp.1502.https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/arp.1502

Sonnemann, T. 2013. “Classification of geophysical data of Angkor, Cambodia, and its potential as an online source.” In: A. Traviglia (ed.) Across Space and Time - Papers from the 41st CAA, Amsterdam Univ. Press: 64–69.

Sonnemann, T. & R. Chhay. 2014. “Non-Destructive Analysis of Threatened Angkorian Ceramic Kilns at Bangkong, Siem Reap, Cambodia.” J. of Indo-Pacific Archaeology. 34: 42-50.

Duncan, B., Gibbs, M., and T. Sonnemann. 2013. “Searching for the Yellow Fleet: Identifying and Analysing the last resting Place of the Prison Hulks Deborah and Sacramento.” Bulletin of the Australasian Inst. of Maritime Arch. (38).

Sonnemann, T. 2012. “Discovery and Interpretation of a Buried Temple in the Angkor Wat Enclosure.” In: Tjoa-Bonatz et al. (eds.) Connecting Empires and States. Sel. Papers from the 13th Int. Conf. of EurASEAA, pp. 226-235, Singapore.

R. C. Arndt & S. Hoffmann. 2012. Looking Beyond a Temple. Archaeological Diagnosis at Banteay Srei, Cambodia, 2007/08. With contributions by M. Buess, B. Gerber, and T. Sonnemann, ZAAK, No 4, pp. 27-101.

Sonnemann, T., Sauerbier, M., Remondino, F. and Schrotter, G. 2006. “Reality-based 3D modelling of Angkor temples using aerial images.” Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conf. on Remote Sensing in Arch., Rome, Dec. 4-7, 2006, pp. 573-579.

without peer review

Sonnemann, T., Schmoldt, J.-P., & M. Schwab. 2021. Neue Formen zerstörungsfreier Prospektion. Die Ortung der Absturzstelle eines abgeschossenen britschen Bombers. Blickpunkt Archäologie 1/2021- S. 45-48. 

Rosemann, U., Milo, P., Sonnemann, T., Buser, C., Ranzinger, M, Sütterlin, H., Tencer, T. & Vágner, M. 2020. "Geophysikalische Prospektion 2019 in Augusta Raurica." In: D. Schmid & B. Pfäffli (Hg.): Augusta Raurica 2020 - Jahresberichte aus Augst und Kaiseraugst, Bd. 41. S. 141-162

Sonnemann, T. & E. Herrera Malatesta. 2022 (im Druck). "Chapter 3 - Techniques and Methods - 3.2 Remote Sensing and Predictive Modelling." In: C. L. Hofman, J. Ulloa Hung, G. R. Davies & U. Brandes (eds). NEXUS1492. New World Encounters in a Globalizing World. Leiden: Brill.

Rosemann, U., Milo, P., Sonnemann, T.  und H. Sütterlin. 2019. "Geophysikalische Prospektion 2018 in Augusta Raurica - Neue Erkenntnisse zu Grienmatt, Kastelen, Obermühle, Schönbühl und Südforum." In: D. Schmid & T. Mattmann (Hg.): Augusta Raurica 2019 - Jahresberichte aus Augst und Kaiseraugst, Bd. 40. S. 193-220

Sonnemann, T. 2017. “Opportunities for Remote Sensing in Caribbean Archaeology” In: Velasquez CB, Haviser JB (eds.) Proceedings of the 26th Congress of the IACA (International Association for Caribbean Archaeology. Sint Maarten, SIMARC.

Sonnemann, T. 2016. “Oportunidades para el uso de la teledetección en la arqueología del Caribe.” Boletín del Museo del Hombre Dominicano 46: 388-398.

Sonnemann, T. 2013. Review von Matthew D. Gallons Dissertation: Ideology, Identity and the Construction of Urban Communities. Auf Einladung von www.dissertationreview.org

Sonnemann, T., Stöger, H. and D. Ngan-Tillard. 2015. Using Technical Expertise at Ostia Antica. Newsletter of the International Society of Archaeological Prospection.

Sonnemann, T. 2012. "Moon not made of Green Cheese." In: Blog of the European Geosciences Union.

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