Per Ditlef Fredriksen

Professor - Archaeology
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Head of Research and Deputy Head of Department at IAKH in the period 2021-24.

Academic interests

My research interests include contemporary archaeology and historical archaeology in southern Africa, and the Iron Age and critical heritage studies in the Nordic region. Common research foci are memory studies, technology and craft creativity, knowledge networks, relocation and translocality, and development of theory and methodology.

My work in contemporary archaeology extends into critical heritage studies and the relationship between anthropology and archaeology. The focus is on meetings between knowledge systems and ontologies, human/thing relations, and how the material world is engaged in death, burial and ancestor relations. In addition to excavations and archaeological analyses in Norway, South Africa and Zimbabwe I have conducted several anthropological field studies in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa.

Collaborative projects

2019- The ‘hinterland’ and the coast: Commodities production and circulation in southern Africa, AD 700–1800 with colleagues at the universities of Cape Town, Cambridge and Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique 

2019-21 Reinvigorating Scandinavian Research in African Archaeology, with colleagues at the universities of Uppsala, Copenhagen and Cambridge

2019- The Heritage Experience Initiative (HEI),UiO

2019- Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH), UiO

2014-2017 Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region in Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach, with colleagues at the University of Cape Town

2014- Technology beyond History. A Comparative Study of Iron Age Innovation and Collapse, with Elna Siv Kristoffersen, University of Stavanger

2013-2018 Death, Materiality and the Origins of Time


2019-       Life Member, Clare Hall College, University of Cambridge

2018-19   Visiting Scholar, University of Cambridge

2017        Head of Research and Deputy Head of Department, IAKH

2016-       Professor, IAKH

2013-16   Head of Archaeology, IAKH

2011-       Research Associate, University of Cape Town, South Africa

2010-16   Associate Professor in Archaeology, IAKH

2009-10   Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, IAKH

2009        PhD in Archaeology, University of Bergen

2008        Lecturer in Archaeology, IAKH

2002        Cand. Philol. in Archaeology, University of Bergen

Tags: Archaeology, Iron Age, Southern African Archaeology, Theory, Method, Ethnoarchaeology, Critical Heritage Studies
Published Dec. 14, 2010 2:36 PM - Last modified Jan. 5, 2021 4:51 PM


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