Professor in archaeology
I have the professional responsibility for the museum's Stone Age Collections. This includes public management concerning documentation, analyses, research, exhibitions and depositions in other museums.
I am professionally responsibile for selected archaeological excavations.
I do research-based popular outreach,supervising on PhD-level and some teaching.
My research focuses on Northern Stone Age and related themes. Among my research interests are technology and resource availability and knowledge as conditions for northern Stone Age societies. Resource use and management has changed time, and there are differences in material culture between various parts of the northern region. At the same time, much is similar and maintained through millennia. How critical knowledge concerning the use of the local environment is maintained, modified and changed in a time when people lived far between is of general interest to me. II am interested in how social identity is established and maintained within particular historical conditions, traditions and nature. I have special interest in the introduction of the first Stone Age pottery in Norway c. 5300 calBC, a phenomenon spatially restricted to easternmost Finnmark. I am interested in changes in lithic materiales and technologies and their various spatial distributions over time. I also work on early Sámi identity. Recently I have been studying attitudes towards wild animals in hunter-gatherer societies.
I am 2017 - 2020 PI of the NFR-granted research project "Stone Age Demographics: multi-scale exploration of population variations and dynamics " together with Charlotte Damm, IAR, UiT. I am member of the transfaculty and multi-institution Stone Age Research Group (SARG) (established 2014) supported by the Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and teaching education, and of the Arctic Archaeology research group (established 2018) at the Arctic University Museum, which includes permanent staff researchers and PhDs working on various periods of prehistoric as well as recent historical archaeology. Both groups actively engage in establishing relevant collaboration networks.
I am 2019 - 2023 member of the Arctic University Museum board.
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Publications outside Cristin
Other recent publications are listed in the "Cristin" database (see below), see also publications listed in BIBSYS
- Northern archaeology
- Stone Age - Mesolithicum - Neolithicum
- Early Metal Age
- The role of material culture in social relations and Identity
- Past Technologies and Crafts
- Knowledge transmission
- Hunter-gatherer - animal relations
- Chronological revision
- Sámi cultural history
- The use of Sámi ethnography in understanding Stone Age societies
- Dissemination of archaeology and the past in museums
- Culture heritage management
Member of research group
From 2019: Professor in archaeology, The University Museum, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
2017 - 2020: Co-leader (together With prof. Charlotte Damm, UIT) of the Research Project "Stone Age Demographics" (NFR_FRIHUM).
Since 01.05.2015: Associate professor at Tromsø Museum, UIT
2009 - 2013: Project leader for the reseach project "Landscape knowlegde and resource management in interior Troms and Finnmark, 2500 BC - AD 1000 (LARM)".
2008 - 2010: Project leader, Tromsø University Museum: Archaeological excavations at Tønsnes, Tromsø Municipality.
2003 - 2008: Post-doctor in archaeology on the emergence of Sámi ethnicity in light of landscape use in interior Finnmark ca. 2300 BC - AD 300.
2003: Project manager in Berlevåg municipality: Culture heritage and public planning.
1999 - 2003: PhD on Early Northern Comb Ware in northern Fennoscandia: Typology - Chronology - Culture.
1996: Main thesis in archaeology on Sámi antler spoons as material expressions on the relationship between Sámi and Norse from medieval to modern times.
1997 - 1999: Advisor/executive officer in the Sámi Culture Heritage Management, the Sámi Parliament, Norway
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