Archaeology of waterscapes in northern Norway from the Iron Age to the present with an emphasis on linking cultural heritage issues to research themes:
- Coastal settlement and maritime activity (fishery development, boathouses as a social arena)
- Viking Age and medieval maritime trade and long distance transport of goods (stockfish, stone resources – bakestones, millstones, whetstones, soapstone)
- Fishery commercialization and globalization of the stockfish trade
- Watercraft and harbor development
- Interethnic relations (Sami-Norse interaction)
- Role of waterways in coastal-inland interaction
- Marine resources and the development of medieval farm mounds
Archaeological science (geoarchaeology- geochemistry, tephrochronology, geophysical methods)
Comparative heritage studies and museology
Long-standing research interests in the western Pacific and Oceania. Recent projects include research on perceptions of heritage in Palau, western Micronesia and ongoing research on the materiality of Australian South Sea Islander identity in Queensland, Australia.
See Cristin research profile for additional information on current research projects.
RESEARCH GROUPS AND PROJECTS
Current research group membership
- Joint Proxies Research Group (Dept. of Archaeology, history, religious studies and theology, UiT)
- Arctic Archaeology Research Group (Tromsø University Museum)
- Member of Working Group 2 “Coastal Settlements”, EU COST Action IS1403: Oceans Past Platform (OPP)
National research projects (Norway)
- Research Council of Norway (RCN) funded National University Museum Research Program "Forskning i Fellesskap"(UNI-MUSEER 2009-2015). Member of outfield archaeology network groups "Humans, reindeer and landscape - continuity and change in time and space" and "Iron and soapstone resources in Norway"
- Ongoing research collaboration involving geological and archaeological documentation of millstone and soapstone quarry sites in northern Norway initiated through the Millstone Project 2009-2012 (RCN 210449) led by the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU)
International research projects
- National Science Foundation (NSF) PLR-Arctic Social Sciences project “Paleoenvironmental perspectives on prehistoric human settlement of Arctic Norway: implications for climate, sea-level, and land-use changes during the Iron Age” (2017-2019). Senior research collaborator.
- RCN funded project “ECOGEN – ecosystem change and species persistence over time: a genome-based approach” (2017-2021). DNA analysis of lake sediment cores from the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway.
- Leader of ongoing project “Paleoenvironmental Reconstructions from Hollabåttjønnen Bog and Kulivatn Lake, Arctic Norway: Climate Change and Human Impact” in collaboration with Northern Arizona University, Columbia University and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Univ. of Bergen.
- Associate Partner, “Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in the Northern Environment Project (CINE)” (2017-2020), EU Northern Periphery an Arctic Programme.
- Collaboration with Museum Studies Program at EMSAH, University of Queensland, Australia related to the research project “Cultural heritage, museums and material culture: a comparative perspective from the southwest Pacific and northern Norway”. Research initiated as a visiting academic in 2014.
- RCN funded project “Pacific Alternatives” (2008-2011) involving researchers from social anthropology, museum studies, and Pacific studies with responsibility for sub-project in Palau, Micronesia.
1997-present: Researcher, Tromsø University Museum, Tromsø, Norway
2014: Visiting Academic (Assoc. Prof.), Museum Studies Program, EMSAH, Univ. of Queensland, Brisbane (5 months)
2004 : Visiting Colleague (Assoc. Prof.), Dept. of Anthropology, Univ. of Hawai’i at Manoa
1990-1997: Associate Archaeologist, International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
1995: Visiting Fellow, Dept. of Archaeology and Natural History, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), 1995, Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Master of Arts (M.A.), 1985, Anthropology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 1980, Anthropology major, History minor, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, USA