Archaeology of waterscapes in northern Norway from the Iron Age to the present with an emphasis on linking cultural heritage issues to research themes.
•Coastal settlement and maritime activity (fishery development, harbors, boathouses as a social arena)
•Viking Age and medieval maritime trade and long distance transport of goods (stockfish, stone resources – bakestones, millstones, whetstones, soapstone)
•Fishery commercialization and globalization of the stockfish (dried cod) trade
•Medieval watercraft and maritime networks
•Development of boat technology in northern Norway from a multiethnic perspective
•Maritime interethnic relations (Sámi-Norse interaction)
•Role of waterways in coastal-inland interaction
•Marine resources and the development of maritime settlement mounds since the late Iron Age
•geoarchaeology- geochemistry, geophysical methods
•paleoenvironmental reconstruction and human-driven landscape transformation (biomarkers and other proxy data from sediment cores)
Comparative heritage studies and museum narratives
Long-standing research interests in the western Pacific and Oceania. Projects include research on perceptions of heritage in Palau, western Micronesia and the materiality of Australian South Sea Islander identity in Queensland, Australia.
My responsibilities include the management of submerged cultural heritage in northern Norway in a position partially financed by the Directorate for Cultural Heritage.
One of my principle tasks is the dissemination of knowledge gained from maritime archaeology research and management within a museum framework.
My research explores past relationships between people and waterscapes in northern Norway with a primary focus on the Iron Age and medieval periods.
I am a member of several research groups with an interest in documenting past human-environment dynamics in northern Norway through the development of new methods within archaeological science.