Terje Östigård

terje.ostigard@arkeologi.uu.se

Throughout my career I have been working cross-culturally, comparatively and inter-disciplinary and I have conducted fieldworks in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, Jordan, India, Nepal, Palestine, Tanzania and Uganda. Before doing research in Africa, I studied cremation and life-giving waters in Nepal and India during my MA (1998) and PhD (2004) -education.

An ecology and cosmology of water, weather and winter

Ingbo Spring, Uppland.

My current project focuses on water, weather and the winter in the cold north – or the Nordic agricultural societies and ritual practices. Throughout the world, the main seasonal rituals and sacrifices aim to engage with the divinities controlling the natural forces of cosmos. The changing water-worlds in the Nordic countries have determined the agricultural seasons, and societies’ success and failures, and the rich ethnography and folklore is used as an empirical and methodological entrance opening up this prehistoric world of ecological realities.

Personal webpage: www.oestigaard.com

  • Østigård, Terje; Kaliff, Anders

    Likbrud og dødsbryllup: Sjelen, sykdommer ogoldnordiske gravskikker

    Uppsala universitet, 2020.

    Open access
  • Kaliff, Anders; Oestigaard, Terje

    The Great Indo-European Horse Sacrifice: 4000 Years of Cosmological Continuity from Sintashta and the Steppe to Scandinavian Skeid

    Uppsala universitet, 2020.

    Open access
  • Østigård, Terje

    The Medicine of Belief: Health from the Viking Age and Onwards

    Part of Culturally Modified, 2020.

    Open access
  • Kaliff, Anders

    Bronze Age Håga and the Viking King Björn: A History of Interpretation and Documentation from AD 818 to 2018

    Uppsala universitet, 2018.

    Open access
  • Østigård, Terje

    Nilens livgivende vann: Ritualer og religioner fra kildene til den egyptiske sivilisasjonen

    Uppsala universitet, 2018.

    Open access
  • Østigård, Terje

    Water from stone: archaeology and conservation at Florida's springs

    Part of Antiquity, p. 549-551, 2018.

  • Kaliff, Anders; Østigård, Terje

    Cremation, Corpses and Cannibalism: Comparative Cosmologies and Centuries of Cosmic Consumption

    Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

  • Østigård, Terje

    Holy water: the works of water in defining and understanding holiness

    Part of WIREs Water, 2017.

  • Østigård, Terje

    [Review of:] Transformation by Fire: The Archaeology of Cremation in Cultural Context

    Part of Norwegian Archaeological Review, p. 53-55, 2015.