Kjel S.Å. Knutsson

kjel.knutsson@arkeologi.uu.seKjel Knutsson excavating

Professor of Archaeology, Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

Current research
My general research is concentrated on material culture and history in cultural reproduction. A special field of archaeological concern is the Stone Age of Northern Scandinavia and Lithic analysis.

Main occupation
Responsible for and teaching on the undergraduate level at the institute of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University. Supervisor on the postgraduate level.

Current Projects
Working to finalize the five year Coast to Coast project, dealing mainly with the Neolithzation in Scandinavia. I am functioning as supervisor for PhD theses (a total of 6 where 2 are still to be finished ) and my own contribution: a book on the Historical Construction of Norrland. Project financed through the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and have so far published 13 volumes in the report series: Coast to Coast Books.

At the end of a research project called “ Family space and communal areas: cultural reproduction among hunter-gatherers ” together with the PhD student Pierre Vogel. The project is financed through the Swedish Research Council.

Together with Paul Sinclair I have just become involved in a project on Cave sites on the East African Coast dealing with a cultural sequence from the late Pleistocene to the Present. My main contribution to the project is the analysis of the lithic assemblages. The project has just started and new field work in some of the caves is expected.

Together with Nordic colleagues I am currently also working on a series of lithic assemblages from a middle Mesolithic sequence from Northern Fennoscandia. In 2009 we got a grant from The Nordic Council for Research in the Humanities (NOS- HS) to arrange a series of workshops in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. These workshops also form the beginning of a joint scientific project concerning the pioneer settlement of northern Europe in the late Pleistocene/Early Holocene. The Uppsala part of this project involves a group of researchers (PhD Helena Knutsson; PhD Lars Sundström, and PhD candidates at the university). The project will continue for five years 2010 – 2015.

The joint Scandinavian project will be presented at a special session at the Eighth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe in Santander Spain 13-17 September 2010.

From 2010 the joint Scandinavian project has started a researcher Network and in addition to scientists from the Nordic countries, the network includes researchers from Germany, Poland, Estonia and Russia. The network has its own homepage where our members and upcoming events are presented.

Some of my recent publications
Forsberg, L. & Knutsson K., 1998. Converging conclusions from different archaeological perspectives. The early settlement of northern Sweden. Proceedings of the fifth Mesolithic conference i Grenoble 1995.

Knutsson, K., 1998. Convention and lithic analysis. In: Holm, J. & Knutsson, K. (eds.). Third flint alternatives conference at Uppsala. OPIA 16, Department of archaeology and ancient history, Uppsala: 71-93

Knutsson, K., Lindgren, C., Hallgren, F. & Björck, N. 1999. The Mesolithic in Eastern central Sweden. In: Boas, J. (ed.) The Mesolithic in central Scandinavia. Universitetets Oldsakssamlings Årbok 22 . Oslo: 87-125

Knutsson, K., 2001 (tillsammans med Jan Apel, Deborah Olausson, ) The Spread of Flint Axes and Daggers in Neolithic Scandinavia. Archaeologichke Rozhledy. Prag
Knutsson, K., Lindberg, K-F. & Falkenström P., 2003 Hunter/gatherers north of the TRB-culture in Central Scandinavia-The Neolithization from a north Scandinavian perspective. In: Kindgren, H., Knutsson, K., Larsson, L., Loeffler, D. & Åkerlund, A. (Eds) Mesolithic on the Move. Proceedings from MESO 2000, the 6:th international conference on the Mesolithic in Europe. Oxbow books. Oxford.

Knutsson, K. & Helena Knutsson 2003. Stone Age Transitions. Neolithization in central Scandinavia. In: Budja, M. (ed) . Neolithic Studies. Documenta Praehistorica XXX. Ljubljana.: 49-78.

Knutsson, K., 2003. Introduction to Stone vestiges. Lithic Technology and Human Landscape in the early Prehistory of Southeast Asia. In: Karlström, A. & A. Källén (eds.) Fishbones and Glittering Emblems. Southeast Asian Archaeology 2002:

Knutsson, K., 2005. The Historical Construction of Norrland. In: Knutsson, H. (ed.). Arrival. Coast to Coast Books 12. Uppsala: 45-71

Knutsson, K. & Knutsson, H., 2005. Introduction. In: Knutsson, H. (ed.) Arrival. Coast to Coast Books 12. Uppsala: 4-25

Knutsson, K., 2005. Bridging the abyss of time. Material culture, cultural reproduction and the sacred time of origin. In: Knutsson, H. (ed.). Pioneer settlements and colonization processes in the Barents region. Vuollerim Papers in hunter.gatherer archaeology 1. Vuollerim: 117-141

Knutsson, K., 2006. A genealogy of reflexivity. The skilled craftsman as scientist In: Apel J. & Knutsson. K. (eds.) Skilled production and Social reproduction. SAU Stone Studies 2. Uppsala: 153-187.

Knutsson, K., 2005. Rastklippan och historiens mening. Ekologi, socialt minne och materiella diskurser. I: Festskrift till Evert Baudou. Archaeology and Environment 20. Umeå.

Knutsson, K., 2008. Introduction. Flint alternatives session. In: Woodman. P., (ed.) Proceedings of the 7th international conference on The Mesolithic in Europe. (MESO 2005) in Belfast 28/8-2/9 2005.

Knutsson, K., 2008. Comment on Ingela Bergman: Indigenous time, colonial history: Sami conceptions of time and ancestry and the role of relics in cultural reproduction. Norwegian Archaeological Review Vol. 39/2; 151-161.

Knutsson K., 2007 Kumbi Cave Lithics. In: Chami, F. (ed.) Proceedings of the African Archaeology Network Conference, 2nd- 8th Oct, 2006. Kampala – Uganda.

Knutsson, H. & Knutsson, K., 2009. Neolithization as if history mattered in Central Scandinavia. In: Håkon Glörstad (ed.) Neolithization as if history mattered. Proceedings of the EAA Annual Meeting in Krakow 19-24 September 2006.


Knutsson, K., Knutsson, H., (manuskript). Cognitive tool categories in prehistoric quartz assemblages – The analysis of fracture patterns and use wear in a case study of Stone Age sites from Eastern Central Sweden. Ve službách archeologie 2009:1. Brno. Eds. Vladimír Hašek, Rostislav Nekuda, Matej Ruttkay.

Knutsson, K. (with Felix Chami, Paul Sinclair & Hans Åke Nordström. The archaeology of Mafia Island and its implications to ancient Indian Ocean trade networks. (manuscript completed in 2004).

  • Manninen, Mikael A.; Damlien, Hege; Kleppe, Jan Ingolf; Knutsson, Kjel et al.

    First encounters in the north: cultural diversity and gene flow in Early Mesolithic Scandinavia

    Part of Antiquity, p. 310-328, 2021.

    Open access
  • Apel, Jan; Olausson, Deborah; Knutsson, Kjel; Knutsson, Helena et al.

    Errett Callahan (1937-2019) and his impact on Swedish archaeology

    Part of Fornvännen, p. 258-262, 2019.

  • Fraser, Magdalena; Sanchez-Quinto, Federico; Evans, Jane; Storå, Jan et al.

    New insights on cultural dualism and population structure in the MiddleNeolithic Funnel Beaker culture on the island of Gotland

    Part of Journal of Archaeological Science, p. 325-334, 2018.

  • Damlien, Hege; Kjällquist, Mathilda; Knutsson, Kjel

    The pioneer settlement of Scandinavia and its aftermath: New evidence from western and central Scandinavia

    Part of Technology of early settlement of Northern Europe, p. 99-137, 2018.

  • Fraser, Magdalena; Sjödin, Per; Sanchez-Quinto, Federico; Evans, Jane et al.

    The Stone Cist Conundrum: A multidisciplinary approach to investigate Late Neolithic/ Early Bronze Age population demography on the Island of Gotland

    Part of Journal of Archaeological Science, p. 324-337, 2018.

  • Gummesson, Sara; Sundberg, Rolf; Knutsson, Helena; Zetterlund, Peter et al.

    Lithic Raw Material Economy in the Mesolithic: An Experimental Test of Edged Tool Efficiency and Durability in Bone Tool Production

    Part of LITHIC TECHNOLOGY, p. 140-154, 2017.

  • Knutsson, Helena; Knutsson, Kjel; Molin, Fredrik; Zetterlund, Peter

    From flint to quartz: Organization of lithic technology in relation to raw material availability during the pioneer process of Scandinavia

    Part of Quaternary International, p. 32-57, 2016.

  • Knutsson, Helena; Knutsson, Kjel; Taipale, Noora; Tallavaara, Miika et al.

    How shattered flakes were used: Micro-wear analysis of quartz flake fragments

    Part of Journal of Archaeological Science, p. 517-531, 2015.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Jordbrukets framväxt

    Part of En samtidig världshistoria, p. 90-110, 2014.

  • Manninen, Mikael; Knutsson, Kjel

    Lithic raw material diversification as an adaptive strategy: Technology, mobility, and site structure in Late Mesolithic northernmost Europe

    Part of Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, p. 84-98, 2014.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Hur samlaren-jägaren blev bonde

    Part of En samtidig världshistoria, 2013.

  • Sørensen, Mikkel; Rankama, Tuija; Kankaanpää, Jarmo; Knutsson, Kjel et al.

    The first eastern migrations of people and knowledge into Scandinavia: evidence from studies of Mesolithic technology, 9th-8th millennium BC

    Part of Norwegian Archaeological Review, p. 19-56, 2013.

  • Knutsson, Kjell; Knutsson, Helena

    The postglacial colonization of humans, fauna and plants in northern Sweden

    Part of Arkeologi i Norr, p. 004618 461003-, 2012.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Knutsson, Helena

    Chaine Operatoire analys av utvalda artefakter från Knöklegård, Porsgrunn kommune, Telemark fylke: En undersökning av tillverkning och användning

    Part of E18 Brunlanesprojektet, 2011.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Knutsson, Helena

    Chaine Operatoire analys av utvalda flintartefakter från pauler 1 och 6, Larvik kommune, Vestfold fylke: Enn undersökning av tillverkning och användning

    Part of E18 Brunlanesprojektet, 2011.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Knutssson, Helena; Guinard, Michel; Holmgren, Lars et al.

    Proffs och amatörer i Torsåker

    Part of Populär arkeologi, 2010.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Knutsson, Helena

    Cognitive tool categories in prehistoric quartz assemblages: The analysis of fracture patterns and use wear in a case study of Stone Age sites from Eastern Central Sweden.

    Part of Ve službách archeologie, p. 10--25, 2009.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Culture and long term history:: the handle core tradition as a possible prehistoric institution and its materialized context

    Part of Svartkärret 1-3, p. 150-164, 2009.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Knutsson, Helena

    Neolithization as if history mattered in Central Scandinavia

    Part of Neolithisation as if history mattered, 2009.

  • Hasek, Vladimir; Tomeschek, Jan; Knutsson, Kjel; Victor, Helena et al.

    Archaelogical and Geophysical Surveying in the Czech Republic and Sweden

    Part of Cultural interaction between east and west, p. 331-340, 2007.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Comment on Ingela Bergman: Indigenous Time, Colonial History: Saami Conceptions of Time and Ancestry and the Role of Relics in Cultural Reproduction

    Part of Norwegian Archaeological Review, p. 151-161, 2007.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Kuumbi Cave Lithics


  • Vogel, Pierre; Knutsson, Kjel

    Stenåldersboplats, Lasses Hydda (J 106 C), Vuollerim, Raä 1292, Jokkmokks sn, Lappland: undersökningar 2001-2003


  • Knutsson, Kjel; Knutson, Helena

    Stone Age Transitions: Neolithzation in central Scandinavia

    Part of Documenta Praehistorica, p. 49-78, 2003.

  • Kjel, Knutsson; Apel, Jan; Olausson, Deborah

    The Spread of Flint Axes and Daggers in Neolithic Scandinavia

    Part of Archaeologickke Rothzledy, p. 34-55, 2001.

  • Moback, Hanna; Knutsson, Kjel

    I framtidens fotspår: Ett förmedlingsprojekt vid Vuollerim 6000 år. Genomfört 1999-2000


  • Knutsson, Kjel; Lindgren, Christina; Hallgren, Fredrik; Björck, Niklas

    The Mesolithic in Eastern Central Sweden

    Part of Universitetets Oldsakssamlings Skrifter. Ny rekke: The mesolithic of Central Scandinavia, 1999.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Lindgren, Christina; Hallgren, Fredrik; Björck, Niklas

    The mesolithic in Eastern Central Sweden

    Part of Universitetets Oldsaksamlings Skrifter, p. 87-125, 1999.

  • Holm, Lena; Knutsson, Kjel

    Proceedings from the Third Flint Alternatives Conference at Uppsala, Sweden, October 18-20, 1996

    Uppsala : Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History [Institutionen för arkeologi och antik historia], Univ., 1998.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Ett jaktpass för 6000 år sedan vid Skumparberget II


  • Huang, Younping; Knutsson, Kjel

    Functional analysis of middle and upper palaeolithic quartz tools from China

    Part of Tor, p. 7-46, 1995.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Funktionsanalys av flintspån från stridsyxegravar i Vikletice i,Tjeckiska republiken.

    Part of Slutvandrat?, p. 221-225, 1995.

  • Apel, Jan-Erik; Bäckström, Ylva; Hallgren, Fredrik; Knutsson, Kjel et al.

    Fågelbacken och trattbägarsamhället: samhällsorganisation och rituella samlingsplatser vid övergången till en bofats tillvaro i östra Mellansverige

    Part of Tor, p. 47-132, 1995.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Garaselet-Lappviken-Rastklippan: Introduktion till en diskussion om Norrlands Äldsta Bebyggelse

    Part of TOR, p. 5-51, 1993.

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  • Knutsson, Kjel; Callahan, Errett; Forsberg, Lars; Lindgren, Christina

    Frakturbilder.: Kulturhistoriska kommentarer till kvarts säregna sönderfall vid bearbetning

    Part of Tor, p. 27-63, 1992.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Uleberg, Espen; Welinder, Stig

    One fine day in the Norwegian mountains.

    Part of Universitetets Oldsaksamlings Årbok, p. 61-69, 1990.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Analysé tracéoligique des outillages de quartz: les enseigments du site néolithique moyen-tardif de Bjursaelet, Suéde sptentrionale.

    Part of L'anthropologie, 1989.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Dahlqvist, Bengt; Knutsson, Helena

    Patterns of Tool Use

    Part of Industries Lithiques, Tracéologie et Technologie, p. 253-294, 1988.

  • Dahlqvist, Bengt; Knutsson, Kjel

    Texture analysis of use-wear on stone tools


  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Sammanfogning av flintor från de nordsvenska flintfyndplatserna: Belägg för Kombewa-metoden i Kusmark och Kallbäcken

    Part of Fjölnir, p. 5-15, 1986.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Yttopografiska studier av förhistoriska stenredskap 3: Svepelektronmikroskopi av experimentella kvartsredskap. Exemepl på urlakning, utfällning, deformering och mekanisk nötning

    Part of Tor, p. 45-73, 1985.

  • Hope, Rosemary; Knutsson, Kjel

    The application of acetate pels in lithic use-wear analysis

    Part of Archaeometry, p. 13-24, 1984.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Yttopografiska studier av förhistoriska stenredskap 1: Plastavtryck för dokumentation och analys av nötningsspår

    Part of Tor, p. 5-32, 1983.

  • Knutsson, Kjel; Karlsson, Gert

    Yttopografiska studier av förhistoriska stenredskap 2: Två experiment med automatisk registrering av nötningsglans

    Part of Tor, p. 33-48, 1983.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Experiment med förhistoriska stenredskap

    Part of Fjölnir, p. 5-, 1982.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Fjölnir experimentvecka

    Part of Fjölnir, p. 8-, 1982.

  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Seminariegrävningarna i Hässelby 1978-1981

    Part of Fjölnir, p. 5-, 1982.

  • Broadbent, Noel; Knutsson, Kjel

    Några reflexioner kring experimentell arkeologi och dess tillämpning i Norden

    Part of Tor, p. 5-14, 1979.

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  • Knutsson, Kjel

    Skrapor och skrapning: Ett exempel på artefakt och boplatsanalys

    Part of Tor, 1978.

  • Broadbent, Noel; Knutsson, Kjel

    An experimental analysis of quartz scrapers: results and applications

    Part of Fornvännen, p. 113-128, 1975.

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