Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Anders Kaliff

Anders Kaliff was born in 1963 in Linköping, Sweden. He is a Ph. D. and Professor in Archaeology at Uppsala University and has worked as an archaeologist since the mid 80s.

After training at Uppsala University , Kaliff worked for some years as an archaeologist at different archaeological excavations, at Swedish and Norwegian museums as well as the Swedish National Heritage Board. During 1989-1999, he was employed by the Swedish National Heritage Board, Department of Archaeological Excavations as manager of different archaeological projects. During this period, he continued his association with Uppsala University and successfully defended his doctoral dissertation Grave and Cultic Place in 1997.

Since 1999, Anders Kaliff has been employed at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University , as a researcher, lecturer and supervisor. In 2001 he was appointed Associate Professor and in 2008 Professor in Archaeology. He has also been Director of Studies for undergraduate studies (2001-2002), and for graduate studies (2005). During the period 2003-2008 he was partly on leave, working as Deputy Head and later Head of Department at the Swedish National Heritage Board, Department of Archaeological Excavations.

Kaliff´s scientific production includes work on a variety of topics, covering all periods from the Mesolithic to the Viking Age. The dissertation, as well as a number of scientific and popular publications deals with interpretations of cosmology and religion in ancient Scandinavian society, mainly based on excavated graves and ritual sites. The theoretical basis is mainly the phenomenology of religion and analogies with other cultural contexts. The theoretical framework concerning interpretation of cosmology and ritual is in focus. Other publications deal with cultural contacts between Scandinavia and continental Europe, during Bronze Age and Iron Age, as well as settlement archaeology. The Swedish province Östergötland, where Kaliff has managed a large number of excavations has been an important focus for research. The area has provided material for different articles as well as a monograph on the prehistory of the province, mainly from a perspective of settlement archaeology and the development of central places. Baltic Sea contacts in prehistory has been an area of research in cooperation with colleagues in the Nordic and Baltic countries. He has done interdisciplinary work together with scholars in History of Religion as well as Human Geography.

Kaliff's international experience includes the Middle East, where archaeological projects have been initiated and managed at al-Lisan in Jordan together with a the Swedish colleague Richard Holmgren (The Swedish Dead Sea Expedition, SDSE) in cooperation with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan. He has also conducted field work in Estonia as well as in Nepal and initiated an archaeological cooperation between Chinese and Swedish archaeologists, including a conference in Beijing in September 2005. Kaliff has participated in a number of Swedish, Nordic and international conferences and was for several years a board member of the Swedish Association of Archaeologists. He is also a member of the Nathan Söderblom Society in Uppsala . His scientific production numbers c. 60 monographs and articles, c. 30 works of popular science as well as a number of archaeological excavation reports.

Current research topics includes comparative studies between Bronze Age and Iron Age Scandinavia and other so called Indo-European religions, with focus on the old Vedic and old Iranian ritual systems. Burial customs as well as sacrificial rituals are in focus. The current research also includes work on the Iron Age settlement archaeology in western Östergötland.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Bronze Age Håga and the Viking King Björn: A History of Interpretation and Documentation from AD 818 to 2018

    Uppsala universitet, 2018.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Anchorite Cells and Dwelling Complexes on al-Lisan Peninsula: Preliminary results based on the field documentation by TheSwedish Dead Sea Expedition 2009/2011

    Part of Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan (ADAJ), 2017.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Østigård, Terje

    Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption

    Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Artursson, Magnus; Larsson, Fredrik

    Rasbobygden i ett långtidsperspektiv 1100 BC till 1100 AD - kontinuitet och förändring


  • Kaliff, Anders; Mattes, Julia

    Tempel och kulthus i det forna Skandinavien: Myter och arkeologiska fakta

    Carlsson Bokförlag, 2017.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Østigård, Terje

    Kremation och kosmologi: en komparativ arkeologisk introduktion

    Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia, 2013.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Munkhammar, Lars

    Wulfila 311–2011: International Symposium


  • Kaliff, Anders

    Goter och goticism - ett europeiskt fenomen

    Part of Saga och sed, p. 77-94, 2012.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Det medeltida Sverige:  Förutsättningar för den fortsatta kunskapsuppbyggnaden


  • Kaliff, Anders


    Part of The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual & Religion , p. 51-62, 2011.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Goternas ursprung - Mystiskt och missförstått

    Part of Wulfila och den gotiska bibeln, p. 7-14, 2011.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Hallberg, Anders; Göranson, Ulf

    Greeting Adress

    Part of Gotite III, 2011.

  • Holmgren, Richard; Kaliff, Anders

    Kosmopoliterna som lyssnade i vildmarken

    Part of Populär arkeologi, p. 26-27, 2011.

  • Kaliff, Anders


    Part of Gotite III, p. 19-21, 2011.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Runverksamheten inom Riksantikvarieämbetet: Förutsättningar för kompetens och kunskapsuppbyggnad


  • Kaliff, Anders

    Silverbibeln - nytt världsarv

    Part of Populär Arkeologi, p. 26-27, 2011.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Dracula och hans arv: Myt, fakta, fiktion

    Efron & Dotter, 2009.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Skepnader i historiens gränsland: Identitet, centralitet och externa influenser i västra Östergötland under järnåldern

    Part of Skuggor i ett landskap, p. 13-45, 2009.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Skuggor i ett landskap: Västra Östergötlands slättbygd under järnålder och medeltid. Resultat av ett tvärvetenskapligt projekt.


  • Kaliff, Anders

    Tolkning eller analytiskt redskap?: Om terminologins betydelse vid tolkning av rituella lämningar

    Part of Döda personers sällskap, p. 19-34, 2009.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Oestigaard, Terje

    Excavating the Kings´Bones: The Materiality of Death in Practice and Ethics Today

    Part of The Materiality of Death, 2008.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Archaeology in the East and in the  West : papers presented at the Sino-Sweden archaeology forum, Beijing in September 2005


  • Kaliff, Anders

    Fire, Water, Heaven and Earth: ritual practice and cosmology in ancient Scandinavia: an Indo-European perspective

    Riksantikvarieämbetet, 2007.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Gravhus, kulthus eller tempel?

    Part of Kulthus & dödshus. , 2006.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Kremering i forntiden och idag

    Part of Ett bredare fält, p. 94-97, 2005.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Sundqvist, Olof

    Oden och Mithraskulten: finns det ett samband?

    Part of Religion och bibel: Nathan Söderblom-sällskapets årsbok, p. 61-75, 2005.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Goternas urhem - myt eller verklighet?

    Part of Guldskatter, 2004.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Goternas märkliga färder

    Part of Populär arkeologi, p. 19-23, 2002.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Bolin, Hans; Zachrisson, Torun

    Mellan sten och brons: Uppdragsarkeologi och forskning kring senneolitikum och bronsålder


  • Kaliff, Anders; Carlsson, Tom; Molin, Anna; Molin, Fredrik et al.

    Continuity and Long-term Changes: Three Prehistoric Sites in Western Östergötland

    Part of Tor: Tidskrift för arkeologi, p. 107-123, 2000.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Objekt och tanke: Speglingar av bronsålderns föreställningsvärld

    Part of Spiralens öga, p. 91-116, 1999.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Olika perspektiv: på en arkeologisk undersökning i västra Östergötland


  • Kaliff, Anders

    Tiden, landskapet och människan - en arkeologisk betraktelse

    p. 207-214 1999.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Skärvstenshögar och kremeringsplatser: Exempel och experiment med utgånsgpunkt från en utgrävning i Ringeby, Kvillinge sn, Östergötland

    Part of Tor: Tidskrift för arkeologi, p. 35-55, 1994.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Världsbild och dödsuppfattning: En essä med exempel

    Part of TOR, p. 129-143, 1993.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    En religionsarekologisk syn på gravar

    Part of Tor: Tidskrift för arkeologi, p. 125-143, 1992.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Kulturlandskapet och människan under 9000 år

    Part of En väg med historia, p. 13-21, 1992.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Skälv - en stormannagård med gravfält från äldre järnålder

    Part of En väg med historia, p. 65-72, 1992.

  • Kaliff, Anders

    Östergötland - ett landskap växer fram

    Part of Tor: Tidskrift för arkeologi, p. 103-124, 1992.