The department consists of Archaeology, African and Comparative Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and Egyptology. Research projects are located in Scandinavia/Northern Europe, Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Egypt and in the Mediterranean. Recently a cross-faculty focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East has developed in connection with the Urban Mind project. International networks are extensive and intensive with researchers and universities in e.g. Austria, UK, USA, southern Africa, and the Swedish institutes in Rome, Athens and Istanbul, e.g. SCIEM 2000 (Studies of the Chronology in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd Millennium BC) carried out in an international scientific community with researchers from Austria, UK, USA, Israel, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus. Research goals that concern all the disciplines can be summarized as:
- Landscape archaeology, GIS analyses, excavationso
- Human-environmental interactions, historical ecologyo
- Phenomenology of religion and studies of cult contexts
The GIS laboratory is a leading Swedish GIS environment, with strong competence in the combination of landscape archaeology, historical ecology and sophisticated modeling that strengthened the research in landscape archaeology. Together with the research initiative Rethinking Human Nature, where the main objective is to strengthen applied landscape analyses, it promises to develop GIS-based landscape archaeology even further and aims at taking a leading role in networking and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Selection of recent publications regarding GIS and landscape archaeology
LÃ¶wenborg, D. 2010. Using Geographically Weighted Regression to Predict Site Representativity. Making History Interactive: CAA 2009. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 34th Conference, Williamsburg, United States, April 2009. (ed. B Frischer).
LÃ¶wenborg, D. 2010. Excavating the Digital Landscape: GIS analyses of social relations in central Sweden in the 1st millennium AD. AUN 42
LÃ¶wenborg, D. 2009. Landscapes of death: GIS modelling of a dated se-quence of prehistoric cemeteries in VÃ¤stmanland, Sweden. Antiquity 83(322), p. 1134-43
Lindholm, K-J. 2009. A new approach to the archaeology of livestock herding in the Kalahari, Southern Africa. Antiquity 83(319), p. 110-24
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