Erika Weiberg

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

Domesticated Landscapes of the Peloponnese (DoLP)

completed Projects

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.

Collaborative projects

Svunna landskap / Past landscapes

Urban Mind

  • Katrantsiotis, Christos; Norstrom, Elin; Smittenberg, Rienk H.; Finné, Martin et al.

    Climate changes in the Eastern Mediterranean over the last 5000 years and their links to the high-latitude atmospheric patterns and Asian monsoons

    Part of Global and Planetary Change, p. 36-51, 2019.

  • Bonnier, Anton; Finné, Martin; Weiberg, Erika

    Examining Land-Use through GIS-Based Kernel Density Estimation: A Re-Evaluation of Legacy Data from the Berbati-Limnes Survey

    Part of Journal of field archaeology, p. 70-83, 2019.

    Open access
  • Knitter, Daniel; Guenther, Gerrit; Hamer, Wolfgang Berengar; Kessler, Torben et al.

    Land use patterns and climate change?a modeled scenario of the Late Bronze Age in Southern Greece

    Part of Environmental Research Letters, 2019.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika; Bevan, Andrew; Kouli, Katerina; Katsianis, Markos et al.

    Long-term trends of land use and demography in Greece: A comparative study

    Part of The Holocene, p. 742-760, 2019.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika; Hughes, Ryan E.; Finné, Martin; Bonnier, Anton et al.

    Mediterranean land use systems from prehistory to antiquity: a case study from Peloponnese (Greece)

    Part of Journal of Land Use Science, p. 1-20, 2019.

    Open access
  • Hughes, Ryan E.; Weiberg, Erika; Bonnier, Anton; Finné, Martin et al.

    Quantifying Land Use in Past Societies from Cultural Practice and Archaeological Data

    Part of Land, 2018.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika; Finné, Martin

    Resilience and persistence of ancient societies in the face of climate change: a case study from Late Bronze Age Peloponnese

    Part of World archaeology, p. 584-602, 2018.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika

    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.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Early Helladic III: a non-monumental but revitalized social arena?

    Part of Social change in Aegean prehistory, p. 32-48, 2017.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Samhällsomdaning – kris,kollaps eller möjlighet?

    Part of Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, p. 315-328, 2017.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika

    Klimat, miljö och forntida samhällen.: Vad vi vill veta - och varför?

    Part of Kungl. Humanistiska Vetenskaps-Samfundet i Uppsalas årsbok, p. 181-187, 2016.

  • Izdebski, Adam; Holmgren, Karin; Weiberg, Erika; Stocker, Sharon R et al.

    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.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika; Unkel, Ingmar; Kouli, Katerina; Holmgren, Karin et al.

    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.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika

    Lerna, A Preclassical Site in the Argolid.: Vol. 6, The Settlement and Architecture of Lerna IV

    Part of American Journal of Archaeology, 2014.

  • Weiberg, Erika; Lindblom, Michael

    The Early Helladic II–III Transition at Lerna and Tiryns Revisited: Chronological Difference or Synchronous Variability?

    Part of Hesperia, p. 383-407, 2014.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika

    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.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    An Early Helladic burial: Connectingthe living and the dead

    Part of Perspectives on ancient Greece, p. 29-47, 2013.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Forntider: Tankar om tidens gång i förhistoriska samhällen

    Part of Institutionens historier, p. 291-301, 2013.

  • Weiberg, Erika; Carlsson, Susanne; Ekroth, Gunnel

    Institutionens historier: En vänbok till Gullög Nordquist


  • Weiberg, Erika; Finné, Martin

    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.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    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.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    What can Resilience Theory do for (Aegean) Archaeology?

    Part of Matters of scale, p. 146-165, 2012.

    Open access
  • Finné, Martin; Holmgren, Karin; Sundqvist, Hanna S.; Weiberg, Erika et al.

    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.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    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.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Pictures and people: Seals, figurines and Peloponnesian imagery

    Part of Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, p. 185-218, 2010.

  • Weiberg, Erika; Lindblom, Michael; Sjöberg, Birgitta; Nordquist, Gullög

    Social and Environmental Dynamics in Bronze and Iron Age Greece

    Part of The Urban Mind, p. 149-194, 2010.

    Open access
  • Weiberg, Erika; Lindblom, Michael; Finné, Martin; Holmgren, Karin

    Svunna landskap

    Part of Hellenika, p. 14-15, 2010.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Verkligheten bakom arkeologin?: En berättelse kring ett tidighelladiskt dödsfall

    Part of Medusa. Svensk tidsskrift för antiken, p. 34-43, 2010.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Production of female figurines at Mastos, Berbati

    Part of Encounters with Mycenaean figures and figurines , p. 61-75, 2009.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Topography and settlement: perception of the bounded space


  • Demakopoulou, Katie; Schallin, Ann-Louise; Weiberg, Erika

    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.

  • Schallin, Ann-Louise; Weiberg, Erika

    Excavations in Midea 2002: B. East Gate Area. The area outside the gate (Trench 4)

    Part of Opuscula Atheniensia, p. 20-22, 2003.

  • Weiberg, Erika

    Levande landskap. Om religiös topografi i antikens Grekland

    Part of Medusa. Svensk tidsskrift för antiken, p. 31-41, 2003.