Environmental archaeology is an implicitly interdisciplinary field, incorporating theories and methods from the humanities and natural sciences. It encompasses a variety of research frameworks and methods, but almost always orientated towards studying past people and their relationships with environments. This breadth of competences and approaches allows us to interact with researchers from numerous other fields, on a potentially infinite number of research questions.
Research hosted at, or in partnership with, MAL ranges from the development of new mobile methods for using spectroskopy to investigate sediments and archaeological materials, to the use of fossil beetles for reconstructing past environments and climates. We also lead the development of two research database infrastructures (SEAD and BugsCEP) and are involved in related work internationally (primarily Neotoma and CyberNABO). See the project websites or Umeå University project database for more information.
The Environmental Archaeology Laboratory is a national research infrastructure for environmental archaeology.
MAL is involved in a large number of research and development projects in Sweden, Europe and beyond.
We work interdisciplinary with several different methods such as pollen and soil analysis. Learn more.
Published research, reports and student theses from the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory.
Staff, sample submission information and delivery addresses at the Environmental Archaeology Laboratory.