I am a PhD student in archaeology at the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. My research is interdisciplinary and deals with mobility and spatial organisation at different scales by using archaeological evidence, environmental proxies and ethnographic accounts. I am particularly interested in spectroscopy, Sámi archaeology and early reindeer herding.
In my PhD project, I study prehistoric and historic Sámi settlements in the northern parts of Sweden and Norway, where I employ an interdisciplinary approach emphasising on non-destructive methods such as soil chemistry and spectroscopy. The settlements I work with are of a varied character but mainly consists of hearths in different environments, shapes and contexts, such as linearly organised rectangular hearths or ‘hearth rows’ and so-called stállo-foundations.
This summer I conducted fieldwork with colleagues from the department at two settlements in the mountain regions of Västerbotten and Norrbotten counties. I am currently working with analysing the collected samples.
I have a B.A. in archaeology and a M.A. in environmental archaeology, both obtained at Umeå University. My background is in contract archaeology where I have worked at museums and companies in northern Sweden, northern Norway and along the Scandinavian west coast. I have also worked with matters of cultural heritage at administrative agencies on regional and national levels.
In addition to my research, I am also involved in teaching archaeology at the university. I teach courses on bachelor’s level as part of the campus-based archaeology programme but also as stand-alone internet courses. I have primarily been involved in modules dealing with the Mesolithic and Neolithic of northern Scandinavia, but I have also taught courses in environmental archaeology and laboratory work, environmental archaeology – sustainability and cultural heritage management. In addition to the teaching on bachelor's level, I have also been involved in the field and laboratory methodology course, which is included in the Master’s programme in environmental archaeology.