I’m a Swedish Archaeologist who has specialised in the Prehistory (Stone and Bronze Age)of the Baltic Islands Åland and Gotland and Archaeology of the Pacific with special focus on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and Samoa.
I have a broad experience of archaeology and cultural heritage management in these both settings and I have worked with contract archaeology, as museum curator, researcher and university lecturer. My interest in archaeology and my curiosity of past material achievements was inspired at young age when I saw runic stone monument every day walking to school. I have since mainly directed my research towards monuments and landscapes to understand the long-time dynamics and complex societies. I would label myself a semi-empirical researcher where I consider the material remains to be a foundation for archaeological research and important to analyse in various ways using methods from natural science but equally important is to understand their place in the landscape and the mindscape of people both then and now.
I’m an Associate Professor and University Lecturer and have been the Academic Head of Department at Gotland University since 2008 and have affiliations as Adjunct Professor at The National University of Samoa since 2011 and Honorary Fellow at The Australian National University 2015
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- Doctoral degree 1994 in Archaeology (Pacific Archaeology), Thesis Title: Ahu – Ceremonial Stone Structures on Easter Island Uppsala University supervisor Professor Bo Gräslund.
- Master degree 1986, Major: Archaeology, Minors: Osteology, Art History and Geosciences from Uppsala and Stockholm Universities. BA/Honors Thesis: Cremated bones from The Iron Age Grave field of Gribbylund Täby.The Stone Age of Åland,
- Titles and Academic Affiliations
- Associate Professor in Uppsala (2008),
- Adjunct Professor National University of Samoa (2011).
- Honorary Fellow at Australian National University (2015)
- 2013 (1/7 - ongoing) Senior Lecturer (with Tenure), Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
- 2008(1/9)-2013 (30/6). Senior Lecturer, Gotland University, Department of Archaeology and Osteology (with Tenure).
- 2006 (1/1)-2008 (31/7) Deputy Senior Lecturer (50%), Gotland University, Department of Archaeology and Osteology Chief Curator and
- 1997 (1/1) -2007 (31/7) Associate Professor, Chief Curator and Researcher. The Kon-Tiki Museum Institute for Pacific Archaeology and Cultural History (11.09.00-01.06.01 parental leave)
- 1992 (1/1) – 1994 (1/6) Doctoral Fellow at Uppsala University.
- 1981-1986 (all together 3 years during these years). Assisting Archaeologist and Field Director at the Museum of Åland, Finland (Museibyrån).
- Program director (developer of program) the International Archaeology Program at Gotland University.
- Academic Head (Ämnesansvarig) Department of Archaeology Gotland University 2008-2010, 2012-2013.
- Academic Head (Ämnesansvarig), Department of Archaeology and Ancient History Campus Gotland Uppsala University 2013-2014.
“Authenticity” as a Pathway to Sustainable Cultural Tourism?: The Cases of Gotland and Rapa Nui
Part of Sustainability, 2021.
[Review of:] Debating Lapita: Distribution, Chronology, Society and Subsistence / edited by Stuart Bedford and Matthew Spriggs, 2019
Part of AUSTRALIAN ARCHAEOLOGY, p. 109-110, 2021.
Landscape development at Lina myr fen, Eastern Gotland, 9000-2500 cal. yr BP
Part of The Holocene, p. 1205-1219, 2020.
Gothemshammar - a Late Bronze Age coastal rampart on Gotland
Part of Fornvännen, p. 65-75, 2018.
Stones in the South: Decoding Bronze Age Ritual Practices on Gotland
Part of Current Swedish Archaeology, p. 227-256, 2017.
Reconsidering Precolumbian Human Colonization In The Galapagos Islands, Republic Of Ecuador
Part of Latin American antiquity, p. 169-183, 2016.
Analysis of late mid-Neolithic pottery illuminates the presenceof a Corded Ware Culture on the Baltic Island of Gotland
Part of Documenta Praehistoria, p. 297-310, 2015.
Issues in the Management of Archaeological Heritage in Sāmoa
Part of The Journal of Samoan Studies, p. 1-16, 2015.
Monuments and People in the Pacific
Rapport från arkeologisk undersökning av rösemiljön runt Hägrör, Sanda 13:1.Gotland, 2011.
Rapport från arkeologisk yxboplats Medebys II, Vallstena 156:1, Gotland
Spatial Perspectives on Ceremonial Complexes: Testing Traditional Land Divisions on Rapa Nui
Part of Monuments and people in the Pacific, p. 317-342, 2014.
Stone tools from the ancient Tongan state reveal prehistoric interaction centers in the Central Pacific
Part of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, p. 10491-10496, 2014.
Chronogeographic Variation in Initial East Polynesian Construction of Monumental Ceremonial Sites
Part of Journal of island and coastal archaeology, p. 405-421, 2013.
World Heritage and Identity : Three Worlds Meet: a workshop arranged during the VII International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific : Migration, Identity, and Cultural Heritage
Belonging to a small, remote and special place: Rapa Nui, the long time perspective
Part of Kon-Tiki Museum. Occasional Papers, p. 41-48, 2011.
Monumental Structures and the Spirit of Chiefly Actions
Part of Time & Mind, p. 43-58, 2011.
Prehistoric lifestyles on Gotland: Diachronic and Synchronic perspectives
Part of Archaeologia Lituana, p. 142-153, 2011.
Rapport från arkeologisk undersökning i Rojrskogen 2010: Gotland, Garda och Lau sn. Goks 1:8, RAÄ Garda 1:2-3 och Lau 41:1
The complexity of an archaeological site in Samoa: the past in the present
Part of Pacific island heritage, p. 101-114, 2011.
The Samoa Project: archaeological results, local participation and intercultural exchange
Part of Kon-Tiki Museum. Occasional Papers, p. 33-40, 2011.
Baltic Prehistoric Interactions and Transformations: the Neolithic to the Bronze Age
Bronze Age Landscapes on Gotland: Moving from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age Perspective
Part of Baltic Prehistoric Interactions and Transformations, p. 63-77, 2010.
Part of Baltic Prehistoric Interactions and Transformations: the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, p. 3-4, 2010.
Rapport från arkeologisk undersökning i Uggarderojrområdet 2009: Gotland, Rone sn, Uggårda 3:1, RAÄ 10:1,3,4,5
The Gotland Papers: Selected Papers from the VII International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific : Migration, Identity, and Cultural Heritage
The story of the only (?) megalith grave on Gotland Island
Part of Documenta Praehistorica, p. 77-84, 2010.
Land and sea animal remains from Middle Neolithic Pitted Ware sites on Gotland Island in the Baltic Sea, Sweden
Part of Islands of Inquiry, p. 171-183, 2008.
Religious Structures in the Hanga Ho'onu Region
Part of Prehistoric Rapa Nui, p. 127-166, 2008.
A Radiocarbon Sequence for Samoan Prehistory and the Pulemelei Mound
Part of Archaeology in Oceania, p. 71-82, 2007.
Settlement Patterns: Social and Ritual Space in Prehistoric Samoa
Part of Archaeology in Oceania, p. 83-89, 2007.
The excavations of Pulemelei site 2002-2004
Part of Archaeology in Oceania, p. 41-59, 2007.