Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Gullög Nordquist

Gullög Nordquist is professor of Classical archaeology and ancient history and since 2006 Head of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

She has a long experience of leading positions in various contexts at Uppsala University, as Head of Studies of the epartment (1997-99), Vice Dean of the Historical-Philosophical Faculty (1996-99), Head of Gustavianum Gemensamt (1995-96) to membership in the Board of the Historical-Philosophical Faculty (1996-1999, 2007-2011), suppleant in the University Board (Konsistoriet) 1999-2002, chair of the board for the Centre of Multiethnic research 2007-2010 and several other commitments. She is a mentor for university teachers. She was also Assistant Director at the Swedish Institute at Athens (1987-90).

Her research interests are several.

Greek Bronze and Iron Age: She has worked on prehistory in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean basin in large, and participated in fieldwork in Sweden, Italy and Greece, in the latter case as field director. Her main focus of interest is various social aspects, such as age and gender, as well as the landscape, both as a physical and a mental environment. Her research includes studies on physical remains, e.g. pottery, as well as various aspects on graves, burial rites and social life in the Bronze Age. She has been invited to study and publish material from international excavations, e.g. the American Argolid Exploration Project, and the likewise American excavations at Lykaion, Arcadia, Greece (

As the leader of the Swedish part of the Norwegian excavations in the sanctuary of Athena Alea, Tegea, Greece, in 1991-95, she is one of the main authors of the publication of the stratigraphy and architecture from the temple trench, primarily the architectural remains of early temples (ca 700 BC), i.e. the period of the rise of the sanctuaries and the beginning of urbanism

Landscape, environment and sustainability: She is one of the leaders of the MISTRA financed idea development project The Urban Mind, Cultural and Environmental Dynamics 2008-2010. http://www.arkeologi.uu.se_copy/Forskning/Projekt/Urban_Mind/Introduction/
The project (a part of the IHOPE - Integrated History of Peoples on Earth - initiative) has combined humanities and natural science studies of the development of urbanism and climate change and included some 40 scholars from various disciplines mainly from Uppsala university but also Stockholm University and Royal University of Technology, Stockholm and from Aberdeen University, Pretoria University and University of Cape Town. The result has just appeared in one volume The Urban Mind, Cultural and Environmental Dynamics (660 pp). Within that frame she has presented a new model for how that development of Greek urbanism may relate to changing climatic conditions.

Ancient music is another interest, especially the function of music and the musicians role in society

Archaeological theory and history of research: She has discussed theoretical issues history of archaeological explorations, especially in Greece both in conference articles and popular talks. That interest is often interwoven in other parts of a research.

Teaching, lectures, conferences etc: In addition to teaching in Uppsala and at the Swedish institute at Athens, she has lectured at other Swedish universities as well as in the US, Canada, Norway and Italy, and worked as field teacher in field work in Syria, funded by NORFA. She has made numerous study tours and participated in conferences in European countries, the Middle East, North America, and China. She has been engaged in the organization of exhibitions, and organized seminars and workshops in Athens and Uppsala.

Popular Science: A large number of talks for various audiences in Greece and Sweden, including radio programs on various topics as well as a number of articles for a general public in various journals.


Bibliograhy, selection

  • Forthc. ‘Excavations at Tegea. The temple trenches’. In Excavations at the Sanctuary of Athena Alea at Tegea. Ed. Erik Ostby, Vol I: Investigations in the Temple Sector, by G. C. Nordquist and M. E. Voyatzis. (Publ. Norska institutet i Athen). Ca. 130 sidor, exkl. bilder och planer.
  • 2010 with Erika Weiberg, Michael Lindblom & Birgitta Leppänen Sjöberg 2010. ’Social and Environmental Dynamics in Bronze and Iron Age Greece’, In The Urban Mind. Cultural and environmental Dynamics (Studies in Global Archaeology 15), eds. P. Sinclair, G. Nordquist, F. Herschend & C. Isendahl, Uppsala 2010.
  • 2009. ‘Melody without the lyre. On the salpinx and its functions’. In Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet I Uppsala Årsbok 2008, Uppsala 5-51.
  • 2008. ‘Feasting: participation and performance’. In Dais. the Aegean feast: Proceedings of the 12th International Aegean Conference: 12e Rencontre égéenne internationale, University of Melbourne, Centre for Classics and Archaeology, 25-29 March 2008. Eds Louise A. Hitchcock, Robert Laffineur & Janice Crowley (Aegeum 29). Liège & Austin, 2008, 105-109.
  • 2007. ‘The Eastern Mediterranean during the Late Bronze Age’. In The Professorship of Semitic Languages at Uppsala University 400 years: Jubilee Volume from a Symposium held at the University Hall 21-23 September 2005. Eds. M Eskhult, B. Isaksson and G. Ramsay (Studia Semitica Upsaliensia), Uppsala 2007, 163-177.
  • 2005. ‘A house for Athena Alea? On two fragments of house models from the sanctuary at Tegea’, Ancient Arkadia: Papers from the third international seminar on Ancient Arcadia, held at the Norwegian institute at Athens, 7-10 May 2002 (Papers from the Norwegian Institue at Athens 8), Athens 2005, 151-166.
  • 2005 with Anne Ingvarsson–Sundström. ‘Live Hard, Die Young: Mortuary Remains of Middle Helladic and Early Late Helladic Children from the Argolid in Social Context’. In Autochthon: Papers Presented to O.T.P.K. Dickinson on the Occasion of his Retirement, A. Dakouri-Hild & S. Sherratt 2005 (eds.) (British Archaeological Reports International Series), Oxford 2005, 1-20.
  • 2002. ’Evidence for pre-classical cult activity beneath the temple of Athena Alea at Tegea’. In Peloponnesian sanctuaries and cults: Proceedings of the ninth international symposium at the Swedish institute at Athens 1994 (ActaAthen 4°, 48), 149-158.
  • 2002. ‘Pots, prestige and people. Symbolic action in Middle Helladic burials’, OpAth 27, 119-135.
  • 2002. ‘Intra- and extramural, single and collective – burials in the Middle and Late Helladic periods’. In A new research on old material from Asine and Berbati in celebration on the fiftieth anniversary of the Swedish institute at Athens. (ActaAthen-8°, 17), Stockholm 2001, 23-29.
  • 1999. ‘Early cult in the sanctuary of Athena Alea at Tegea, Arcadia’. In Proceedings of the 15th international congress of classical archaeology, Amsterdam, July 12-17, 1998 (Allard Pierson series vol. 12), Amsterdam 1999, 28-30.
  • 1999. ‘Pairing of pots in the Middle Helladic period’. In Meletemata: Studies in Aegean archaeology presented to Malcolm H. Wiener as he enters his 65th year (Aegeaum 20), eds Ph. P. Betancourt, V. Karageorghis, R. Laffineur & W.-D. Niemeier, Liège & Austin 1999, 569-573.
  • 1997. ‘Evidence for metal working in Late Geometric Tegea’. In Trade and production in premonetary Greece: Production and the craftsman. Proceedings of the 4th and 5th international workshops, Athens 1995 and 1995, eds. C. Gillis, C. Risberg & B Sjöberg, Göteborg 1997, 197-205.
  • 1997. ‘What about production? Production in the Middle Helladic frame’. In Trade and production in premonetary Greece: Production and the craftsman. Proceedings of the 4th and 5th international workshops, Athens 1995 and 1995, eds. C. Gillis, C. Risberg & B Sjöberg, Göteborg 1997, 15-27.
  • 1996. ’Male craft and female industry. Two types of production in the Aegean Bronze Age’. In Techne. Craftsmen, craftswomen and craftmanship in the Aegean Bronze Age: Proceedings of the 6th International Aegean Conference (Aegaeum 16), eds. R. Laffineur & P.P. Betancourt, Philadelphia 1996, 533-538.
  • 1996. ‘The salpinx in Greek cult’. In Dance, music art, and religion: Based on Papers read at the symposium on dance, music, and art in religions held at Åbo, Finland on the 16th-18th August 1994, ed. T. Ahlbäck, Åbo 1996, 241-256.
  • 1996. ‘The pottery of the Early Helladic III and Middle Helladic periods’. In Artefacts and assemblage: The finds from a regional survey of the southern Argolid, Greece, vol. 1: The prehistoric and early Iron Age pottery & the lithic artefacts, eds. C. N. Runnels, D. J. Pullen & S. Langdon, Stanford Cal. 1996, 43-51.
  • 1995. ‘Who made the pots? Production in the MH society’. In Politeia. Society and state in the Aegean Bronze Age: Proceedings of the 5th international Aegean Conference, Heidelberg 1994 (Aegeum 12), eds. W.-D. Niemeier & R. Laffineur, Liège & Austin 1995, 201-207.
  • 1995. ‘East Greek and related pottery’. In Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Stockholm 2 (Sweden 4), Stockholm 1995, 29-40.
  • 1995. ‘The salpinx as an instrument of Eros and Dionysos’. In Imago Musica VIII, 1991 (tr. 1995), 61-72.
  • 1994. ‘Some notes on musicians in Greek cult’. In Ancient Greek cult practice from the epigraphical evidence: Proceedings of the second international seminar on ancient Greek cult, Athens November 1991 (ActaAthen°-8), Stockholm 1994, 81-93.
  • 1993. ‘East Greek vases from the Kjellberg Collection’. In From the Gustavianum collections, 3 (Boreas 22), Uppsala 1993, 57-73.
  • 1992.’Instrumental music in representations of Greek cult’. In The iconography of Greek cult in the Archaic and Classical periods: Proceedings of the first international seminar on Ancient Greek cult, Delphi, 1990 (Kernos, suppl. 1), Athènes & Liege 1992, 143-168.
  • 1990a. ‘Middle Helladic burial rites in the Argolid. Some speculations’. In Celebrations of death and divinity in the Bronze Age Argolid (ActaAthen-4°: 60), eds. R. Hägg & G. Nordquist, Stockholm 1990, 35-41.
  • 1987. A Middle Helladic Village: Asine in the Argolid (Boreas 16), Uppsala 1987.
  • 1978. The history of the collection. In From the Gustavianum collections 2 (Boreas 9), Uppsala 1978, 11-36.

Edited works


  • The Urban Mind. Cultural and environmental Dynamics (Studies in Global Archaeology 15), Eds. P. Sinclair, G. Nordquist, F. Herschend & C. Isendahl, Uppsala 2010.
  • Asine 3. Supplementary Studies on the Swedish excavations 1922-1930 (ActaAthen-4°, 45), Stockholm 1996. Eds. R. Hägg, G. Nordquist & B. Wells.
  • Celebrations of death and divinity in the Bronze Age Argolid, Proceedings of the sixth international symposium at the Swedish Institute at Athens, June l987 (ActaAthen-4°:60), Stockholm 1990. Eds. R. Hägg & G Nordquist.
  • Gifts to the Gods. Papers read at the International Symposium in Uppsala (Boreas 15), Uppsala 1987. Eds T. Linders & G. Nordquist.
  • Early Greek cult practice. Proceedings of the fifth international symposium at the Swedish Institute at Athens, 26-29 June, l986 (ActaAthen-4°:38), Stockholm 1988, with R. Hägg, N. Marinatos & G. Nordquist.
  • Hydra: working papers in Middle Bronze Age studies, No. 1-no. 11 1985-[1994]. Coordinators G. Nordquist & C. Zerner