Tilman Lenssen-Erz

Artsoundscapes collaborator Tilman Lenssen-Erz

Keywords: African archaeology; Daureb/Brandberg; Namibia; Chad; context and ecology of rock art; indigenous knowledge.

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Tilman holds a Master degree in African Studies and a PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology. Since 1986 he heads rock art research at the African Archaeology at the University of Cologne where he has compiled six double-volumed catalogues on the rock paintings of the Daureb/Brandberg in Namibia.

He has been head of many research expeditions in Namibia and Chad. His research always aimed at cooperation with and training of local communities for capacity building, particularly in Community Based Cultural Resource Management in Namibia and Botswana (with a focus on rock art).

Since 2013 he has combined archaeological research with indigenous knowledge. His research also focuses on the context and the ecology of rock art. Since 2012 Tilman is head of the open online African Archaeology Archive Cologne.


Tilman Lenssen-Erz & Marie-Theres Erz (2000) Brandberg – Der Bilderberg Namibias. Kunst und Geschichte einer Urlandschaft. Jan Thorbecke Verlag; Stuttgart.

Tilman Lenssen-Erz (2008) Space and Discourse as Constituents of Past Identities – the Case of Namibian Rock Art. In: Inés Domingo Sanz, Danae Fiore & Sally K. May (eds.) Archaeologies of Art: Time, Place, Identity. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek: 29-50.

Tilman Lenssen-Erz (2012) Rock Art in Context – theoretical aspects of pragmatic data collections. In: Ben Smith, Knut Helskog & David Morris (eds.), Working with Rock Art – Recording, Presenting and Understanding Rock Art Using Indigenous Knowledge. Wits University Press, Johannesburg: 47-58.

Oliver Vogels & Tilman Lenssen-Erz (2017) Beyond individual pleasure and rituality: social aspects of the musical bow in southern Africa’s rock art. Rock Art Research 34(1), 2017, 9–24.