Open lectures in 2019

Dr Joanne Rowland (University of Edinburgh),

Rediscovering Merimde Beni Salama:
from the archives to the field.

The Egyptian prehistoric site Merimde Beni Salama (4500 BC) was first located
during the Austrian West Delta Survey in 1928, with the first major
excavations carried out not only by the Austrian, but also Swedish, teams. The site has been subject to re-excavation mainly in the 1970s-80s, and most
recently from 2013 onwards by the current Egypt Exploration Society mission.
This talk will explore the history of research at the site, and give an insight into
the archival resources, as well as presenting some results of the most recent
fieldwork in the area.

Time:  Jan 30, 2019, at 18.15

Venue: English Park Campus 2-2033

Open lecture with our Honorary Doctor, Sonia Haoa Cardinali:

Archaeology of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – Learning from the past for the future.

Time: January 24, 2019 at 14.15-16.00

Venue: University Main Hall Room VIII

Sonia Haoa Cardinali is an archaeologist from Rapa Nui (Easter Island), who has been awarded the title of Honorary Doctor at Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. She was born on Rapa Nui in 1953, where she has lived for much of her life, and has a family background of several generations deeply committed to the preservation, documentation and interpretation of Rapa Nui’s heritage. Sonia Haoa Cardinali possesses outstanding field skills and a deep knowledge of Pacific prehistory, building upon her inheritance of traditional knowledge as a cultural leader among the Rapanui (Easter Islanders). Sonia has participated in almost all larger and smaller scale archaeological investigations on the Island since 1975 and since the shift of the millennium, she has been the leader of several large survey and excavation projects on the Island. She has excavated on Easter Island and elsewhere in the Pacific since the mid 1970s, and has published widely on the archaeology of the region.

Sonia Haoa-Cardinali has a Licenciatura in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Chile since 1988 with an additional specialisation in Human Physical Anthropology at University of Wyoming in 1992.

All welcome!

Open lectures 2018

Open lecture Dec 5, at 13.15

Nicoletta Momigliano, University of Bristol: Cretomania from Belle époque to Netflix

Venue: Humanistiska teatern, Engelska parken, Uppsala

Inaugural lecture Dec 6

We are pleased to announce the Inaugural Lecture by Andreas Dorn Professor of Egyptology An ostracon brings its author to life. Amennakhte’s biographical notes in landscape

Thursday 6th December at 16.00 in Humanistiska teatern, Uppsala. An informal reception will follow

Please share this with others who may be interested - all are welcome


The fourth Annual Sune Lindqvist Lecture Dec 7

Friday December 7, 2018 at 14.15, Humanistiska teaterin, English Park Campus, Uppsala

Lotte Hedeager, University of Oslo: Knowledge Systems of the Past? From the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.


John Scheid, Collège de France och Jesper Svenbro, Svenska Akademien, 6 och 7 november, 2018

Tuesday Nov 6, 13.15-15.00, English Park Campus 6-0031

John Scheid, Collège de France and Jesper Svenbro, Svenska akademien: Generative mythology in Greece and Rome. Names and gestures

Wednesday November 7, 13.15-15.00, English Park Campus, Humanistiska teatern 

John Scheid, Collège de France: What was a grove in imperial Rome? Architecture and theology

All welcome!

Human Diversity 1-2 Nov 2018

Archaeology-Genetics-Cultural Evolution-Gender

Poster with programme
Speakers include

  • Magnus Enqvist, Stockholm Centre for Cultural Evolution
  • N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University
  • Toomas Kivisild, University of Cambridge
  • Olivier Morin, MPI Science of Human History
  • Matthew Spriggs, Australian National University

An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the
Human Diversity Research Network, Uppsala University
Full programme:
Venue: Gustavianum auditorium (free entry)

This meeting is brought to you by Uppsala University’s Human Diversity
Research Network, co-organised by the Department of Linguistics and Philology,
the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, The Centre for Gender
Research, and the Department of Organismal Biology (Human Evolution).
Contact: Michael Dunn <>

A.W. Persson Lectures on Aegean Prehistory

Öppen föreläsning tisdagen den 15 maj, klockan 16:15 i sal 2-0024
Borja Legarra Herrero, Teaching Fellow, Comparative Mediterranean Prehistory, UCL, besöker Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia

“It could be argued tendencies to broaden political and economic power can be found in any complex society. However, to see elite-common tensions as a developing theme in prehistory and Early Iron Age that was only resolved in Classical times would be a simplistic characterisation. Bronze Age Aegean show clear signs of complex socio-political forms that we could consider loosely as ´democratic´(power decisions are spread across large swathes of society) being in place much earlier than we normally assume.”

Efter föreläsningen äger en enkel mottagning rum i institutionens lunchrum.
Alla är välkomna!


Workshop 22 mars, 2018:

The formation of sacred space and landscapes in the past. Divine action or human creation?

Plats: Engelska Parken 7-0050

Tid: 22 mars kl 10.15 - 17.30



Efteråt kommer det ordnas ett postseminarium med vin, buffémat, och kaffe till självkostnadspris (200 kr) för alla intresserade. Vänligen anmäl ditt deltagande i postseminariet till Axel senast tisdag 13 mars. Betalning kan ske på plats.

GENETICS   5 feb

5 February 2018
9:30 to 12:30
Lindahlsalen, EBC

How will ancient DNA studies impact upon European prehistory and on the problem of Indo-European origins?
Colin Renfrew, University of Cambridge

The genetic history of Africa based on modern and ancient DNA
Carina Schlebusch, Uppsala Universi

Population genomics of prehistoric European migrations

Torsten Günther, Uppsala University

Limited seats. Registration is free but mandatory.
Fika is included. Welcome! Info & Registration at:


Open lectures

Lectures open to the general public is also advertised on our front page.

The Third Annual Sune Lindqvist Lecture

7th December 2017 at  14.15 in Humanistiska teatern, Engelska Parken Campus

Dr Richard Knecht (University of Aberdeen): Treasures of the Alaskan Permafrost. Archaeology and tradition in a Yup'ik village.

All welcome!


Urban & Rural Space invites to two exciting seminars!

1. THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2, 14.15–16.00 (Eng 2-1077)

Negotiating Utopia. Sociomaterial strategies for conflict solving within the Green Wave movement from the late 1960s until present day.
Lecture by Ylva Sjöstrand, Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History

2. WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 8, 13.0015.30 (Eng 2-0024)

The social heritage of ancient cities (see attachment)

13.00–14.00 Elizabeth Key Fowden, The Parthenon Mosque: the meeting of European and Ottoman archaeological imaginations

14.00–14.15 Coffe/tea

14.15–15.15 Dunia Filippi The spatial turn and the Roman Forum: towards a new methodology for studying ancient urban spaces

A post seminar will follow. Please, sign up to no later than November 6th!

All are welcome!

Susanne, Hedvig, Anna & Paul

Elizabeth Fowden is a Senior Researcher in Classics and Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge, UK. She is part of the ERC funded project “Impact of the ancient City”, where the ancient city formations are studied in a diarchronic perspective, analyzing also how the ancient cityscapes and urban cultures influence us still today. Her lecture will take us into the changing urban and religious landscape of Athens during the Ottoman period.

Dunia Filippi, Classics, Faculty Member, University of Cambridge, with an extensive experience excavating the Roman Forum, presents a new methodological approach to the study of ancient space. She undertakes a systematic analysis of the relationship between the topographic maps of the Roman Forum (previously elaborated) and the social activities that took place in it. The ancient social and physical space are integrated and studied using a Geographical Information System.

open lecture August 31

On August 31, professor Andreas Dorn will give an open lecture on The Necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa opposite modern Assuan. Walking again and again 1 km along the Nile and uphill to the tombs .


Time: 16.15 

Venue: ENG 2-1077

All welcome!

Open lectures, September 13

Venue: English Park Campus 6-0022

14.15 - 15.30 Dr Olga Philaniotou: Thermi on Lesbos, 3000 BC - 2017 AD

15.30 - 17.00 Dr Robin Barber: Phylakopi, Melos: fresh light on an old excavation


All welcome!

Skelettens dag på Gotlands museum 13 maj, 2017

Gotlands Museum och Uppsala universitet Campus Gotland presenterar den senaste forskningen om arkeologiska skelettmaterial, från både människa och djur.

Osteologistudenterna, kandidat/master,  berättar om sina uppsatsarbeten för museibesökarna.

Nytt för i år är medicinsk personal som deltar och berättar om bendensitetsmätningar (osteoporosundersökning) på arkeologiskt sekelettmaterial i projektet Osteoporosis och osteoarthitis, då och nu.

Poster med program

Open lecture Jan 25th, 2017

Prof. em. Jeremy B. Rutter (Dartmouth College, USA): Partying in Prehistory: Social Drinking Behaviors in the Bronze Age Aegean.

Time: Wednesday Jan 25 at 15.15

Venue: English Park Campus Ihresalen and B23 (Visby)

All welcome!