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Per Ditlef Fredriksen

Associate Professor - Archaeology
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Visiting address IAKH Arkeologiseksjonen Blindernveien 11 0371 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1008 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Academic interests

My two primary research fields are the late prehistory (Late Iron Age) and historical archaeology of southern Africa and the Nordic Early Iron Age. Common foci in both parts of the world are ceramics and its links to metalworking, technological development, and theory/methodology in archaeology. Interests also include archaeologies of the contemporary, critical heritage studies and the relationship between anthropology and archaeology. In addition to excavations and analysis of archaeological material in Norway, South Africa and Zimbabwe I have also conducted several anthropological field studies in Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa.

Collaborative projects

Since April 2011 I have been a Honorary Research Associate at Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, see

I am the project manager for Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region in Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach. The project is a collaboration between UiO and University of Cape Town, and is supported by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) in the period 2014-2017.

I am part of several collaborative projects, including Technology beyond History. A Comparative Study of Iron Age Innovation and Collapse together with Professor in Archaeology Elna Siv Kristoffersen and Associate Professor in geology Udo Zimmermann, both at Universitetet i Stavanger.

I am also actively involved in Death, Materiality and the Origins of Time together with colleagues within anthropology and archaeology, both at UiO and internationally. See 


Cand. Philol. in archaeology at University of Bergen (UiB) 2002. In 2000-2005 I participated in several long-term excavation projects at Museum of Cultural History (KHM), UiO and NTNU University Museum in Trondheim, in addition to various excavations and projects in France, South Africa and Mozambique. In 2005-2009 I held a RCN-funded PhD grant at Unifob Global (now named UiB Global) and AHKR at UiB. PhD in archaeology at UiB 2009.

I taught in diverse courses at BA and MA level at AHKR, UiB in 2006-2008, and in 2008 I worked as Lecturer in Archaeology at IAKH for 6 months. In 2009 I returned to a deputy position at IAKH, this time as Senior Lecturer in Archaeology. I have held the position as Associate Professor in Archaeology at IAKH since 2010.

In 2013-2014 I was teaching coordinator for archaeology. I am currently Head of Archaeology Group at IAKH (since January 2015).


Tags: Archaeology, Iron Age, Southern African Archaeology, Theory, Method, Ethnoarchaeology, Critical Heritage Studies
Published Dec 14, 2010 02:36 PM - Last modified Feb 23, 2015 08:11 AM