Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson

I am a researcher and part of the Viking Phenomenon research project. I studied at the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, and presented a PhD thesis in 2006 on the Birka Warrior – the material culture of a martial society. With a background in field archaeology and as senior curator at the Swedish History Museum (SHM) I have held research fellowships at SHM, Stockholm University and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (RGZM) in Mainz. Previous research projects have focused on warfare, identities, mobility and material culture in Late Iron Age – Viking Age societies. Most recently I was part of the interdisciplinary ATLAS-project aiming at unravelling human prehistory within present day Sweden by combining archaeology, physical anthropology and genetics.

Within the Viking Phenomenon I coordinate work in the sub-project Viking Economics aiming at exploring the economy and organisation of Viking raids and their impact when shaping Scandinavian identities. Key issues relate to how the raids were structured, including comparative studies on piracy, what role women played and the importance of slave-taking and trafficking, both when raiding and in society at large. I will also further develop my own research on the movements along the eastern trade routes and the contacts between Scandinavians and various groups of the Eurasian steppe.


Weltweites Zellwerk (RGZM):

Forskning på Historiska museet:


  • Price, Neil; Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte; Zachrisson, Torun; Kjellström, Anna et al.

    Viking warrior women?: Reassessing Birka chamber grave Bj.581

    Part of Antiquity, p. 181-198, 2019.

    Open access
  • Gräslund, Anne-Sofie; Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte; Lamm, Jan Peder; Edberg, Rune

    Fynden från "Svarta jorden" på Björkö: från Hjalmar Stolpes undersökningar. Studier. Äldre uppgifter.


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  • Krzewinska, Maja; Kjellstrom, Anna; Günther, Torsten; Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte et al.

    Genomic and Strontium Isotope Variation Reveal Immigration Patterns in a Viking Age Town

    Part of Current Biology, p. 2730-2738.e10, 2018.

    Open access
  • Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte; Kjellström, Anna; Zachrisson, Torun; Krzewińska, Maja et al.

    A female Viking warrior confirmed by genomics

    Part of American Journal of Physical Anthropology, p. 853-860, 2017.

    Open access
  • Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte

    Creating a Cultural Expression: On Rus' Identity and Material Culture.

    Part of Identity Formation and Diversity in the Early Medieval Baltic and Beyond., p. 91-106, 2017.

  • Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte

    Foreigner and Local: Identities and Cultural Expression among the Urban People of Birka

    Part of Shetland and the Viking World, p. 189-195, 2016.

  • Hedenstierna-Jonson, Charlotte

    Med utgångspunkt från människorna: Sociala roller och samhälleliga funktioner i Birka med utblick mot Gamla Uppsala

    Part of Socioekonomisk mångfald. Ritualer och urbanitet, p. 27-38, 2016.

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