Professor of Archaeology
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Stone Age Demographics. PI, funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2017-2022. The project investigates demographics patterns in northern Norway, particularly western Finnmark during the period 9000-0 BC. some of the issue we focus on are fluctuations in population size, spatial distribution and the contemporaneity of dwellings at sites.
Stone Age Pyrotechnologies When the first hunter-fishers arrived in northern Norway shortly after the end of the last Ice Age there was only very sparse vegetaion. How did they heat their dwellings, how did they prepare their food and how did this affect their preception of the environment?
SARG Leader of the Sub-Arctic Stone Age Research Group, which is a forum for Stone Age archaeology in Tromsø, and which collaborates with scholars at other institutions nationally and internationally.
- Stone Age in Northern Fennoscandia; I work predominantly with the period 6000-1500 BC, that is from the end of the Early Stone Age/Mesolithic through the Late Stone Age/Neolithic and into the Early Metal period/Bronze Age. I am particularly interested in the contacts and regional differentiation across northern Norway, northern Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia.
- Hunter-gatherer societies past and present; Knowledge on historical and ethnographic hunter-fisher-gatherers may provide pertinent insight about the significant variation also amongst prehistoric groups.
- Interregional and multicultural interaction; we are increasingly aware that there were marked differences in livelihood and practices also amongst hunter-gatherers in the past. This provides the background for both social and economic interaction between groups.
- Past social and cultural variation with a particular interest in gender and identity; to what extent and how are we able to study social relations in past societies, such as gender roles, kinship, power structures and ethnic differentiation?
- Prehistoric rituals and religion; material culture is a key element also in world views, beliefs and rituals. Is is therefore a relevant and intersting research field also for archaeology.
ARK-1012 Fra Istidsjegere til jordbrukere. From Ice Age hunters to farmers. Introductory course to Stone Age and Bronze Age in Scandinavia. (1st year BA )
ARK-1035 Arctic Rock Art. Comprehensive course in hunter-gatherer rock art in Norway, Sweden, Finland and northwestern Russia and its interpretations. Taught in English and organised with international students in mind. BA-level.
ARK-3002 Archaeological perspectives on Hunter-Gatherers. MA-level
ARK-3026 Sentrale perspektiver på arkeologisk teori og metode. Central perspectives in archaeological theory and method. Obligatory course for MA-students. The last few years I have focussed on critical reflections on isotope analyses and aDNA, but also contributed to the theme environmental humanisme.
ARK-3027 Førhistorisk religion og ritualer. Pre-Christian religion and rituals. MA-course concerned with theoretical and methodological approaches to Sami pre-Christian religion as well as Stone Age rock art and rituals.
ARK-3900 Seminars linked to the the MA-dissertation, focussing on structure, argumentation, presentation of data, academic language etc.
ARK-8003 Vitenskapelige tekster og argumentasjon / Academic texts and argumentation. PhD-course. Taught in either Norwegian or English.
Member of research group
Commissions of trust:
- Norwegian Archaeological Review
- Fennoscandia Archaeologica
Current administrative positions:
- 2014- PhD-coordinator, archaeology, UiT
- 2018- Board, PhD program, HSL, UiT
- 2022- Board, Study program archaeology, HSL, UiT
- 2021-2025 Board, Archaeological Museum, University of Stavanger.
- 2023- Member, Research Ethics Committee, HSL-Faculty