Ernst Pernicka is professor for archaeometry at the Institute of Geosciences at Heidelberg University. He studied chemistry and physics at the University of Vienna, Austria, and then spent some twenty years as senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nucelar Physics at Heidelberg. 1997 he moved to the University of Technology Bergakademie Freiberg as professor for archaeometallurgy and from 2004 to 2013 he was professor for archaeometry at the University of Tübingen. The focus of his present research is the origin and development of metallurgy in the Old World. Ernst Pernicka is also scientific director of the Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie in Mannheim.