My speciality is Aegean prehistory, with focus on landscape- and settlement archaeology and human-environment dynamics.
In all my research I deem it most important to find ways to highlight the human experiences of life, on different levels. In trying to accomplish this, I focus on analyses of the archaeological material in the highest detail possible, in order to better understand local and regional variations and sequences of events. The goal is to emphasize in a meaningful and well-informed way the potentials and limitations in the archaeological material, in order to place the prehistoric individuals in a multidimensional reality, shaped by people in active interaction with their surroundings.
Project in progress
Societies in transition (2012-2014)
The project studied societal transformations in the Greek Bronze Age from a resilience perspective, i.e.through analysis of different systems’ ability to cope with change and continue to evolve. This ability is central for current studies of sustainable development and a growing focus in archaeological studies, with studies of the multidimensional dynamics of change, of human flexibility and resolve, and of continuity through change. One potential key in this context is the resilience based theory on adaptive cycles. In the light of this model of hierarchically arranged processes of varying length and speed, it is clear that continuity and change always works in parallel, albeit on different temporal and spatial scales.
The project was organized around two case studies, made up from two chronological periods for which contemporary societal ups and downs are available to be contrasted. The cognitive essence of these changes was sought through analyses of their practical appearance in settlement dynamics and material culture. The main objectives were: (1) to evaluate the potential of the resilience perspective for archaeological interpretations, and thus expand the traditionally employed theoretical framework; (2) to thereby seek nuanced and more comprehensive understandings of four societal transformations in the Greek Bronze Age, and (3) to bring the results to bear on the study of societies in transition today and in all times.
This project was 2011 awarded three years research funds from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and The Swedish Research Council.
Quantifying Land Use in Past Societies from Cultural Practice and Archaeological Data
Part of Land, 2018.
Resilience and persistence of ancient societies in the face of climate change: a case study from Late Bronze Age Peloponnese
Part of World archaeology, 2018.
Contrasting Histories in Early Bronze Age Aegean: Uniformity, Regionalism and the Resilience of Societies in the Northeast Peloponnese and Central Crete
Part of Cambridge Archaeological Journal, p. 479-494, 2017.
Early Helladic III: a non-monumental but revitalized social arena?
Part of Social change in Aegean prehistory, p. 32-48, 2017.
Samhällsomdaning – kris,kollaps eller möjlighet?
Part of Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, p. 315-328, 2017.
Klimat, miljö och forntida samhällen.: Vad vi vill veta - och varför?
Part of Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsalas årsbok, p. 181-187, 2016.
Realising consilience: How better communication between archaeologists, historians and natural scientists can transform the study of past climate change in the Mediterranean
Part of Quaternary Science Reviews, p. 5-22, 2016.
The socio-environmental history of the Peloponnese during the Holocene: Towards an integrated understanding of the past
Part of Quaternary Science Reviews, p. 40-65, 2016.
Lerna, A Preclassical Site in the Argolid.: Vol. 6, The Settlement and Architecture of Lerna IV
Part of American Journal of Archaeology, 2014.
The Early Helladic II–III Transition at Lerna and Tiryns Revisited: Chronological Difference or Synchronous Variability?
Part of Hesperia, p. 383-407, 2014.
Timing, perception and response: Human dimensions of erosison and sedimentation in the Greek Bronze Age
Part of PHYSIS: L'environnement naturel et la relation homme-milieu dans le monde égéen protohistorique, p. 33-40, 2014.
An Early Helladic burial: Connectingthe living and the dead
Part of Perspectives on ancient Greece, p. 29-47, 2013.
Forntider: Tankar om tidens gång i förhistoriska samhällen
Part of Institutionens historier, p. 291-301, 2013.
Institutionens historier: En vänbok till Gullög Nordquist
Mind or matter?: People-Environment Interactions and the Demise of the Early Helladic II Society in the Northeastern Peloponnese
Part of American Journal of Archaeology, p. 1-31, 2013.
Recension: D.J. Pullen, Nemea Valley Archaeological Project Volume I: The Early Bronze Age Village of Tsoungiza Hill, Princeton: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2011.
Part of The Classical journal, 2012.
What can Resilience Theory do for (Aegean) Archaeology?
Part of Matters of scale, p. 146-165, 2012.
Climate in the eastern Mediterranean, and adjacent regions, during the past 6000 years: A review
Part of Journal of Archaeological Science, p. 3153-3173, 2011.
The invisible dead: The case of the Argolid and Corinthia during the Early Bronze Age
Part of Honouring the Dead in the Peloponnese, p. 781-796, 2011.
Pictures and people: Seals, figurines and Peloponnesian imagery
Part of Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, p. 185-218, 2010.
Social and Environmental Dynamics in Bronze and Iron Age Greece
Part of The Urban Mind, p. 149-194, 2010.
Part of Hellenika, p. 14-15, 2010.
Verkligheten bakom arkeologin?: En berättelse kring ett tidighelladiskt dödsfall
Part of Medusa. Svensk tidsskrift för antiken, p. 34-43, 2010.
Production of female figurines at Mastos, Berbati
Part of Encounters with Mycenaean figures and figurines , p. 61-75, 2009.
Topography and settlement: perception of the bounded space
Part of HELIKE IV: THE FOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ANCIENT HELIKE AND AIGIALEIA , 2009.
Excavations in Midea 2003: B. East Gate Area. Outside the East Gate: Trench 4 with extensions 4B, 4C and 4D and Cleanings 1-5
Part of Opuscula Atheniensia, p. 22-25, 2004.
Excavations in Midea 2002: B. East Gate Area. The area outside the gate (Trench 4)
Part of Opuscula Atheniensia, p. 20-22, 2003.
Levande landskap. Om religiös topografi i antikens Grekland
Part of Medusa. Svensk tidsskrift för antiken, p. 31-41, 2003.