I graduated from the József Attila University of Szeged with a degree in history and archaeology in 1994. Then I undertook my doctoral study at the Eötvös Loránd University, obtaining my PhD in 2001 with a dissertation studying the Southern Great Plain region in the Bronze Age. I obtained a degree in geoinformatics from the Department of Geodesy of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 2002, and between 2006 to 2008 I also obtained a degree in geoarchaeology at the University of Szeged. I successfully took my habilitation in 2012 at the University of Pécs.
I have been working as a full-time university teacher and the head of the Department of Prehistory and Archaeology at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Miskolc since 2007. My primary courses focus on the Neolithic, Copper Age and Bronze Age periods, as well as surveying and practical museology. I was also a guest instructor at the University of Szeged and the Heidelberg University for courses on the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.
My research on the Bronze Age was supported by the Soros Fellowship (1998-1999), followed by the Bolyai János Research Fellowship (2002-2006), the OTKA postdoctoral fellowship (2004-2007), and the Humbolt Research Fellowship (Heidelberg, 2008-2009; 2015). During 2013-2014, research work was supported by the Hungarian National Program of Excellence’s Szentágothai János Grant for experienced lecturer-researchers. My current research on Bronze Age sites located along the river Hernád is supported by the National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic.
I am married to Tamás Pusztai, who is also an archaeologist; his primary area of expertise is the Middle Ages. Currently he is working as the Deputy Director of Archaeological Heritage Protection at the Hungarian National Museum. We are also parents of four children.