SAXO-Institute - Archaeology, Ethnology, Greek & Latin, History
Karen Blixens Plads 8
2300 København S
Primary fields of research
The Neolithic, Neolithic art, 4th and 3rd millennium BC, the Early Neolithic, Middle Neolithic and Late Neolithic, earliest Bronze Age, material and cultural boundaries, continuity and change, cultural diversity and identity, migration, archaeolinguistics.
PI of the research project: A World without Images: Uncovering the absence of figurative representations in Early Neolithic northern Europe financed by the Carlsberg Foundation, 2022-2025.
PI of the research project: Deep histories of migration: the early Neolithic around the North Sea financed by the Independent Research Fund Denmark (IRFD, Grant 0132-00022B), 2021-2025.
- The Neolithic in northern Europe and associated migration patterns, incl. aDNA.
Introduction of Indo-European languages in the North European Neolithic. Research collaboration with Guus Kroonen, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics/Leiden University.
The Pitted Ware culture in Scandinavia, e.g. in collaboration with East Jutland Museum.
Various aspects of Neolithic art.
I teach several courses at BA and MA level including: Archaeology, period 3 (Neolithic and Bronze Age in Denmark and Northern Europe); Archaeological Documentation and Analysis; Archaeological Field Techniques and Excavation; Introduction to Archaeology; European Connections; Scandinavian Archaeology.
Supervision of MA theses
I mainly supervise theses concerning the Neolithic and Bronze Age but also more methodological and theoretical theses that run across the traditional archaeological periodization.
I have supervised 14 theses since 2016.
PhD and Postdoc supervision
Mikkel Johansen Nørtoft (PhD): Social dynamics in Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe: Investigating the male-dominance narrative through archaeology, aDNA, and linguistics.
Rebecca Bristow (PhD): Breaking with Tradition: Investigating the disappearance of figurative representations in west-Central Europe during the fifth millennium BCE. A world without images: The absence of figurines in Early Neolithic Northern Europe – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
Mathias Paul Bjørnevad-Ahlqvist (postdoc): Deep histories of migration: the Early Neolithic around the North Sea – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)
Valeska Becker (postdoc): A world without images: The absence of figurines in Early Neolithic Northern Europe – University of Copenhagen (ku.dk)