Christopher Prescott

Head of Department - Det norske institutt i Roma
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Director of The Norwegian Institute in Rome (2017-2020)


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I pursued undergraduate studies in archaeology, geology and social anthropology1980-1984, finished my MA-degree in archaeology in 1986 and received the degree of Dr. philos. from the University of Bergen in 1993. I was employed in contract archaeology, cultural resource management, training and research projects from 1986 to 1993. From 1989-1992 I held a research fellowship from the Norwegian Research Council. 1997-99 I collaborated with Lene Melheim and Nils Anfinset in a subproject within the Swedish Norwegian “Rock art in the borderland” project financed by the EU-structure fund (INTERREG II). The aims of our work were investigations of Bronze Age metallurgy at the Iron Age grave site at Hunn in Østfold, Norway. From 1997-2003 I collaborated with Sebastiano Tusa and Kristian Kristiansen in the "The Scandinavian-Sicilian Archaeological Project", and led investigations of the fortified Archaic settlement of Monte Polizzo in Salemi, Trapani, Sicily. This project was continued within the EU-financed "Emergence of European Communities" – a collaborative endeavor between the University of Cambridge, University of Southampton, Consejo Superior de Invesigaciones Cientifícas; Instituto de Estudios Galegos Padre Sarmiento in Spain, the University of Oslo, Matrica Museum, Százhalombatta in Hungary and the University of Gotheburg. More recently I have collaborated with Karl Kallhovd (Museum of Cultural History, Oslo) and Lisbeth Prøsch-Danielsen (Stavanger) on a field project investigating early farms in Lista, southwest Norway, and with Lene Melheim (Museum of Cultural History, Oslo) conducting new investigations in the Skrivarhelleren rock shelter (see: and the impact of the Bell Beaker Culture in western Scandinavia. I was member of the editorial board of the Norwegian Archaeological Review from 1996, editor-in-chief 1997-2001.

I was lecturer and associate professor in archaeology at the University of Bergen (1992-96), and moved to the University of Oslo in 1996 where I’ve worked with archaeology at various departments. My research interests include the Neolithic (especially Nordic Late Neolithic and Scandinavian Bell Beaker), Nordic Bronze Age, upland archaeology, early non-ferrous metallurgy, the Late Iron Age in the western Mediterranean, the relationship between science and archaeology, theory and the history of archaeology. I’ve collaborated with Atle Omland and Josephine Munch Rasmussen on investigating looting, the unethical trade in antiquities and the role professionals play in this trade (particularly in the wake of the Norwegian Schøyen case). Recently I’ve also worked with themes concerned with archaeology and globalization, particularly in the wake of migration.

I’ve been involved in university training and research politics, serving on a number of boards and councils, evaluation committees and various positions of academic leadership. In recent years I’ve been strongly involved in researcher training, particularly through the Nordic graduate school in archaeology “Dialogues with the Past”. My practical, scholarly and political interests (science in archaeology, migration, Bell Beaker Culture, early metallurgy, cultural heritage, etc.) have generated a strong appreciation for continental perspectives, interdisciplinary collaboration and international archaeology.

I’ve taught undergraduate courses and supervised on all levels (BA to PhD) particularly in relation to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, theory and disciplinary history and cultural heritage. My research interests have been tied to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, disciplinary history and theory, heritage and globalisation, archaeology and science and mountain archaeology. I’ve also worked with settlement in the Archaic period of the western Mediterranean and questions concerned with the unethical trade in antiquities.


Tags: Archaeology, cultural heritage


  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Dramatic beginnings of Norway’s history? Archaeology and Indo- Europeanization, In Adam Hyllestad; Benedicte N. Whitehead; Thomas Olander & Birgit A. Olsen (ed.),  Language and Prehistory of the Indo- European Peoples A Cross-Disciplinary Perspective.  Museum Tusculanums Forlag.  ISBN 978-87-635-4421-4.  13.  s 187 - 208
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Looting and illicit trade in Cultural artefacts: Challenges and implications for academia, In Hilde Marie Madsø Jacobsen (ed.),  Illicit trade in Cultural artefacts. Stronger together: How can the Nordics join forces to stop the illegal import and export of cultural objects?.  Nordic Council of Ministers/ TemaNord.  ISBN 9789289349970.  2.15.  s 53 - 56
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). T. Douglas Price: Ancient Scandinavia. An Archaeological History from the First Humans to the Vikings. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015.. Norwegian Archaeological Review.  ISSN 0029-3652.  50(1) . doi:
  • Prescott, Christopher & Melheim, Anne Lene (2017). Textiles from the peripheries? Upland evidence from Norway, In Sophie Bergerbrant & Anna Wessman (ed.),  New Pespectives on the Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015.  Archaeopress.  ISBN 9781784915988.  24.  s 313 - 326
  • Melheim, Anne Lene & Prescott, Christopher (2016). Exploring New Territories – Expanding Frontiers: Bowmen and Prospectors on the Scandinavia Peninsula in the 3rd–2nd Millennia BC, In Anne Lene Melheim; Håkon Glørstad & Ann Zanette Tsigaridas Glørstad (ed.),  Comparative Perspectives on Past Colonisation, Maritime Interaction and Cultural Integration.  Equinox Publishing.  ISBN 9781781790489.  10.
  • Melheim, Anne Lene; Prescott, Christopher & Anfinset, Nils (2016). Bronze casting and cultural connections: Bronze Age workshops at Hunn, Norway. Praehistorische Zeitschrift.  ISSN 0079-4848.  91(1), s 42- 67 . doi: 10.1515/pz-2016-0003
  • Prescott, Christopher (2016). Is there an alternative to the nation state?. Archaeological Dialogues.  ISSN 1380-2038.  23(1), s 18- 27 . doi: 10.1017/S1380203816000052
  • Prescott, Christopher & Glørstad, Håkon (2016). En gullalder I norsk arkeologi?. Samtiden.  ISSN 0036-3928.  (3/4), s 18- 26
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). Skaper globaliseringen nye problemstillinger i kulturminnevernet?. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0332-8937.  (125), s 35- 43
  • Prescott, Christopher & Glørstad, Håkon (2015). Expanding 3rd millennium transformations: Norway, In Maria Pilar Prieto Martínez & Laure Salanova (ed.),  The Bell Beaker Transition in Europe: Mobility and local evolution during the 3rd millennium BC.  Oxbow Books.  ISBN 9781782979272.  8.  s 77 - 87
  • Comer, Douglas; Soderland, Hilary; Biehl, Peter & Prescott, Christopher (2014). The Future Challenges of Heritage and Identity in a Globalized World, In Peter Biehl; Douglas Comer; Christopher Prescott & Hilary Soderland (ed.),  Identity and Heritage Contemporary Challenges in a Globalized World.  Springer.  ISBN 9783319096889.  16.  s 161 - 169
  • Prescott, Christopher (2014). A synthesis of the history of third millennium north-western Scandinavia, In Hans Christian Gulløv (ed.),  Northern Worlds – landscapes, interactions and dynamics Research at the National Museum of Denmark Proceedings of the Northern Worlds Conference Copenhagen 28-30 November 2012.  University Press of Southern Denmark.  ISBN 978 87 7674 824 1.  III.  s 449 - 462
  • Prescott, Christopher (2014). Rising to the challenge? Research-based training in contexts of diversification, In Victoria Haas & Peter Schut (ed.),  The Valletta Convention Twenty Years After – Benefits, Problems, Challenges.  Archaeolingua.  ISBN 978-963-9911-49-9.  17.  s 131 - 141
  • Soderland, Hilary; Biehl, Peter; Comer, Douglas & Prescott, Christopher (2014). Identities and Heritage: Contemporary Challenges in a Globalized World, In Peter Biehl; Douglas Comer; Christopher Prescott & Hilary Soderland (ed.),  Identity and Heritage Contemporary Challenges in a Globalized World.  Springer.  ISBN 9783319096889.  1.  s 3 - 10
  • Biehl, Peter F. & Prescott, Christopher (2013). Introduction: Issues Concerning Heritage in the Context of Globalization, In Peter F. Biehl & Christopher Prescott (ed.),  Heritage in the context of Globalization. Europe and the Americas.  Springer.  ISBN 978-1-4614-6076-3.  1.  s 3 - 9
  • Biehl, Peter F. & Prescott, Christopher (2013). The Future of Heritage in a Globalized World, In Peter F. Biehl & Christopher Prescott (ed.),  Heritage in the context of Globalization. Europe and the Americas.  Springer.  ISBN 978-1-4614-6076-3.  14.  s 117 - 122
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). A history of the Neolithic? (comment to J. Robb:Material Culture, Landscapes of Action, and Emergent Causation A New Model for the Origins of the European Neolithic). Current Anthropology.  ISSN 0011-3204.  54(6), s 675- 676 . doi:
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Archaeology vs. science. Or taking knowledge-based communication seriously?. Current Swedish Archaeology.  ISSN 1102-7355.  2013(21), s 39- 44
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Heritage and the New Immigrant Minorities: A Catalyst of Relevance for Contemporary Archaeology?, In Peter F. Biehl & Christopher Prescott (ed.),  Heritage in the context of Globalization. Europe and the Americas.  Springer.  ISBN 978-1-4614-6076-3.  8.  s 59 - 68
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Recurrent themes: Indo-Europeans in Norwegian Archaeology, In Sophie Bergerbrant & Serena Sabatini (ed.),  Counterpoint : essays in archaeology and heritage in honour of Professor Kristian Kristiansen.  Archaeopress.  ISBN 978-1-4073-1126-5.  Problematizing the Past.  s 607 - 613
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Stark, Bowser& Horne: Cultural transmission and material culture: Breaking down boundaries. Norwegian Archaeological Review.  ISSN 0029-3652.  2013(1)
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Utfordrer archaeo-science norsk arkeologi?. Primitive tider.  ISSN 1501-0430.  15, s 47- 58
  • Prescott, Christopher & Mühlenbock, Christian (2013). House 1, Monte Polizzo, Sicily: from Excavation of a Ruin to Steps Towards an Interpretation of a Household, In Marco Madella; Gabriella Kovacs; Brigitta Kulcsarne-Berzsenyi & Ivan Briz i Godino (ed.),  The Archaeology of Household.  Oxbow Books.  ISBN 978-1-84217-517-0.  12.  s 217 - 234
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). Et essay om naturvitenskapene og arkeologien. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0332-8937.  118, s 5- 10
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). No longer north of the beakers. Modeling an interpretative platform for third millennium transformations in Norway, In Harry Fokkens & Franco Nicolis (ed.),  Background to Beakers Inquiries into regional cultural backgrounds of the Bell Beaker complex.  Sidestone Press.  ISBN 9789088900846.  2.  s 37 - 61
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). The origin of a Bronze Age in Norway: structure, regional process and localized history, In Nils Anfinset & Melanie Wrigglesworth (ed.),  Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern Europe.  Equinox Publishing.  ISBN 9781845537425.  12.  s 215 - 231
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). Veien til norske gårdssamfunn. Synspunkter på den kronologiske og kulturelle konteksten, I: Annette Solberg; Jon Atle Stålesen & Christopher Prescott (red.),  Neolitikum. Nye resultater fra forskning og forvaltning.  Nicolay Arkeologisk Tidsskrift.  ISBN 9-770333-263007.  9.  s 169 - 179
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Third millennium transformations in Norway:modelling an interpretative platform, In Christopher Prescott & Håkon Glørstad (ed.),  Becoming European: The transformation of third millennium Northern and Western Europe.  Oxbow Books.  ISBN 1-84217-450-9.  10.  s 115 - 127
  • Prescott, Christopher & Glørstad, Håkon (2011). Introduction:becoming European, In Christopher Prescott & Håkon Glørstad (ed.),  Becoming European: The transformation of third millennium Northern and Western Europe.  Oxbow Books.  ISBN 1-84217-450-9.  1.  s 1 - 11
  • Rasmussen, Josephine Munch & Prescott, Christopher (2011). Implementation, complications and lack of education: Some refl ections on the advantages of knowledge exchange1, In liv Ramskjær (ed.),  Stop heritage crime.  National Heritage Board.  ISBN 978-83-931656-5-0.  kapitellXX.  s 117 - 120
  • Rasmussen, Josephine Munch & Prescott, Christopher (2011). Implentering og kunnskapsutveksling: Noen refleksjoner og erfaringer, I: liv Ramskjær; Anne Nyhamar; Aleksandra Chabiera & Michal Anisweski (red.),  Bekjemp kulturkriminalitet. Retningslinjer og anbefalinger. Prosjektet "Lovlig og ulovlig handel med kunst- og kulturgjenstander. Et utdannings- og erfaringsforebygging av kunst- og kulturkriminalitet.  National heritage Board of Poland.  ISBN 9788393165667.  del II.  s 117 - 120
  • Rasmussen, Josephine Munch & Prescott, Christopher (2011). Realizacja, komplikacje i brak edukacji: rozważania na temat zalet wymiany wiedzy, I: liv Ramskjær; Anne Nyhamar; Aleksandra Chabiera & Michal Aniszewski (red.),  Stop przestępczości przeciwko dziedzictwu : dobre praktyki i rekomendacje.  Narodowy Instytut Dziedzictwa.  ISBN 978-83-931656-4-3.  11.  s 117 - 120

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  • Biehl, Peter; Comer, Douglas; Prescott, Christopher & Soderland, Hilary (ed.) (2014). Identity and Heritage Contemporary Challenges in a Globalized World. Springer.  ISBN 9783319096889.  197 s.
  • Biehl, Peter F. & Prescott, Christopher (ed.) (2013). Heritage in the context of Globalization. Europe and the Americas. Springer.  ISBN 978-1-4614-6076-3.  125 s.
  • Solberg, Annette; Stålesen, Jon Atle & Prescott, Christopher (red.) (2012). Neolitikum. Nye resultater fra forskning og forvaltning. Nicolay Arkeologisk Tidsskrift.  ISBN 9-770333-263007.  180 s.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Glørstad, Håkon (ed.) (2011). Becoming European: The transformation of third millennium Northern and Western Europe. Oxbow Books.  ISBN 1-84217-450-9.  208 s.

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  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Archeologia di montagna in Norvegia e Scandinavia.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Bronze Age landscapes in Norway - from national primordialism to human ecology.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Concluding Remarks.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Norway’s mountain landscapes: national romantic legends and the political economy of agro-pastoralism.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). One size does not fit all? Interpreting complex diachronic Neolithic-period data in Norway.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2017). Re-examining narratives and practice in archaeology and cultural heritage.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Hølleland, Herdis (2017). Bronze Age research: Past, present and future. Panel dicussion With Kristin Oma, Kristian Kristiansen, Marie Louise Stig Sørensen and Jan Apel.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Larsen, Kjersti (2017). Introduction, Beyond Our Crisis: Towards Archaeological Time and Anthropological Space.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2016). Are professionals a problem for heritage?.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2016). Kulturarv og krig i Irak og Syria. Fra haug ok heidni.  (4), s 8- 12
  • Prescott, Christopher (2016). Looting and illicit trade in cultural artefacts: challenges and implications for academia..
  • Prescott, Christopher; Austvoll, Knut Ivar & Sand-Eriksen, Anette (2016). The Sea and Late Neolithic/Bronze Age transformations.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Guttormsen, Torgrim Sneve (2016). Archaeology and heritage in changing societies – approaches to present and future disciplinary significance for citizens of the 21st century - Introduction.
  • Prescott, Christopher; Melheim, Lene; Austvoll, Knut Ivar; Amundsen, Marie; Sture, Maria & Kilhavn, Håvard (red.) (2016). Arkeologi I Skrivarhelleren Facebookside .
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). 4000–1700 f.Kr.: yngre steinalder: -Midt i matfatet -Bofast uten jordbruk -Der jordbrukerne møtte jegerne -Bondesamfunnet etableres -Omveltning av samfunnet -Høvdingdømmer vokser fram -Steinalderkulturer -Fra jegere til bønder -Jordbruk – en ny levemåte -Helleristninger og veidekunst -Mangfoldige gravfunn -En jordbruksrevolusjon? -Nye teknologier.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). Excavations in Skrivarhelleren in Sogn (Norway) – challenging notions of center and periphery in Scandinavia.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). Norsk gråsonehandel med kulturminner: NRKs Skriftsamleren.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). Plyndring og omsetting av kulturgjenstander fra Irak og Syria. Miljøkrim : tidsskrift for miljøkriminalitet.  ISSN 1501-5920.  2015(2), s 45- 46
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). Sale of cultural artefacts: Challenges and implications for museums and experts? Hvilke utfordringer gir omsetningen av arkeologisk materiale for fagmiljøer og museer?.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). Scandinavia: Is there an alternative to the nation narrative..
  • Prescott, Christopher (2015). The Sea and Bronze Age transformations in western Scandinavia.
  • Prescott, Christopher; Biehl, Peter F.; Comer, Douglas & Soderland, Hilary (2015). SUSTAINING HERITAGE: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR ARCHAEOLOGY (symposium).
  • Prescott, Christopher; Biehl, Peter F.; Comer, Douglas & Soderland, Hilary (2015). Sustainable heritage tourism: session introduction.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Melheim, Anne Lene (2015). Skrivarhelleren in Sogn - challenging notions of centre and periphery.
  • Melheim, Anne Lene & Prescott, Christopher (2014). Skrivarhelleren - Årdal i ei brytningstid.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2014). Arkeologi i skjæringssonen mellom prinsipper og praksis.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2014). Neolitikum på norsk?.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). Høyere utdanning i endring: Hvordan møter arkeologi utfordringene (... i en oppgangstid)?.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Melheim, Anne Lene (2014). Skrivarhelleren, Holsbru.
  • Comer, Douglas; Prescott, Christopher & Soderland, Hilary (2013). Identity and Heritage: Contemporary challenges in a globalizing world. The European Archaeologist.  ISSN 1022-0135.  40, s 42- 43
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Archaeology, heritage and the demographic shift in Norway.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Arkeologi & naturvitenskap: nye muligheter, gamle utfordinger.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Challenges to outreach and training in the midst of a demographic shift; Norway.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Cultural transmission and material culture: breaking down boundaries (Miriam T. Stark, Brenda J. Bowser and Lee Horne, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 2008, 317 pp., ISBN 978-0-81652675-8). Norwegian Archaeological Review.  ISSN 0029-3652.  46(1), s 128- 131 . doi: 10.1080/00293652.2013.777363
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Not a tale of Neolithisation - The transformation of third millennium Western Scandinavia as history and anthropology.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2013). Skrivarhelleren revisited og konjukturer i landskapsbruken fra sen-neolitikum til førromersk jernalder (2400-200 f.Kr.).
  • Prescott, Christopher; Glørstad, Håkon & Melheim, Anne Lene (2013). Norske Røtter. Levende Historie.  ISSN 1503-4208.  2, s 36- 39
  • Prescott, Christopher & Melheim, Anne Lene (2013). Der ingen skulle tru at nokon kunne bu - arkeologiske undersøkelser i Skrivarhelleren, Årdal i Sogn.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Melheim, Anne Lene (2013). Skrivarhelleren revisited - om resultatene av årets undersøkelser i Årdal.
  • Melheim, Anne Lene & Prescott, Christopher (2012). Exploring New Territories – Expanding Frontiers: Bowmen and Prospectors on the Scandinavia Peninsula in the 3rd–2nd Millennia BC.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). Not really Neolithisation? A Discussion of the Transformation of Third Millennium Western Scandinavia.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). Steinaldervalg med store konsekvenser. Frá haug ok heiðni.  ISSN 0015-9255.  (3), s 22- 25
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). The third millennium Beaker impact; material institutions and forces of transformation.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2012). The transformation of third millennium north western Scandinavia.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Bruket, Samina (2012, 31. mars). Norske Røter, 2. [TV].  NRK1 & 2.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Johansen, Per Anders (2012, 18. april). Professor avslører Breiviks DNA-blunder.  Aftenposten.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Omland, Atle (2012). Plyndring og handel med kulturminner. Spor.  ISSN 0801-5376.  1, s 18- 21
  • Prescott, Christopher & Rønning, Asle (2012, 17. januar). De som forandret Norge. [Internett].
  • Prescott, Christopher & Rønning, Asle (2012, 19. januar). The people who changed Norway. [Internett].  Science Nordic.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Spilde, Ingrid (2012, 27. april). De første bønda ifra nord. [Internett].
  • Prescott, Christopher & Spilde, Ingrid (2012, 23. mai). Hvem er nordmannen?. [Internett].
  • Prescott, Christopher & Spilde, Ingrid (2012, 26. mai). Immigration in the Stone Age. [Internett].  Science Nordic.
  • Biehl, Peter; Prescott, Christopher; Comer, Doug & Bánffy, Eszter (2011). Report on the joint SAA-EAA round tables, April and September 2011. The European Archaeologist.  ISSN 1022-0135.  36, s 85- 86
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Archaeology and heritage management in 2011: challenges in a globalised world.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Archaeology and the new immigrant minorities – A bid for contemporary relevance?.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Arkeologiutdanning 2010 - et perspektiv fra Oslo. Riss (Bergen).  8(1), s 58- 65
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Environment, archaeology and the dynamics of collaboration between Science and Archaeology.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Noen ny-gamle funn fra Lista.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Norway on the edge of third millennium transformation: archaeological patterns, ideal types and historical interpretation.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Phd-programmes seen from Oslo – and challenges for the next decade.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). "Ståa" i norsk arkeologi nasjonalt og internasjonalt. Og hvordan norsk arkeologi kan bidra til verdensarkeologi.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Trender og utfordringer i norsk arkeologi.
  • Prescott, Christopher (2011). Veien til norske gårdssamfunn: Ulike forutsetninger, varierte prosesser og et forbausende homogent resultat.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Glørstad, Håkon (2011). Slettabø: Europe's northernmost beaker. The BBC in Norway - from black box to historical watershed.

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