Per Ditlef Fredriksen

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In 2019 I am on research leave at the Centre of African Studies and The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge.

Academic interests

My research interests include the late prehistory (Late Iron Age), historical archaeology and contemporary archaeology in southern Africa, and the Iron Age and critical heritage studies in the Nordic region. Common research foci are technology and craft creativity, ceramics and its links to metalworking, transmission of handcraft knowledge, relocation and translocality, and development of theory and methodology. The interest in archaeologies of the contemporary extends into critical heritage studies and the relationship between anthropology and archaeology. This work centres 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 

2019-20 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

2011- Research Associate at Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town

Background

I have the degrees Cand. Philol. (2002) and PhD (2009) in archaeology from the University of Bergen (UiB). In 2000-05 I participated in several long-term excavation projects at the Museum of Cultural History, UiO and NTNU University Museum in Trondheim, in addition to various excavations and projects in France, South Africa and Mozambique. In 2005-09 I held a PhD grant from the Research Council of Norway (RCN) at Unifob Global (now UiB Global) and AHKR at UiB. In 2006-08 I taught several courses in archaeology at BA and MA level at UiB, before joining IAKH for the first time in 2008 as a Lecturer in Archaeology. I was Senior Lecturer in 2009-10, and Associate Professor in the period 2010-16. I have been Professor in Archaeology since 2016.

In 2013-14 I was teaching coordinator for archaeology, and in 2015-16 the Head of the Archaeology Group. In 2017 I was Head of Research and Deputy Head of Department at IAKH.

Tags: Archaeology, Iron Age, Southern African Archaeology, Theory, Method, Ethnoarchaeology, Critical Heritage Studies

Publications

Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). When Bad Places Turn Worse: The Necropolitics of Death Sites in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, In Sophie Seebach & Rane Willerslev (ed.),  Mirrors of Passing. Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time.  Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78533-908-0. Chapter 4. s. 74 - 89

Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Untimely Death and Spirit Mobility in a Southern African Border Zone, In Peter Bjerregaard; Anders Emil Rasmussen & Tim Flohr Sørensen (ed.),  Materialities of Passing: Explorations in Transformation, Transition and Transience.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-4724-5791-2. Chapter 7. s. 147-165

Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Bandama, Foreman (2016). The mobility of memory: space/knowledge dynamics in rural potting workshops in Limpopo Province, South Africa.  Azania.  ISSN 0067-270X. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0067270X.2016.1220056

Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). What kind of science is archaeology? Iron Age studies in southern Africa, In Stephanie Wynne-Jones & Jeffrey Fleisher (ed.),  Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-886060-5. Chapter 10. s 156-172

Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Chirikure, Shadreck (2015). Beyond static models: an evaluation of present status and future prospects for iron age research in Southern Africa.  Cambridge Archaeological Journal.  ISSN 0959-7743 25(3), s 597- 614. doi:10.1017/S0959774314001115

Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Kristoffersen, Siv & Zimmermann, Udo (2014). Innovation and Collapse: Bucket-Shaped Pottery and Metalwork in the Terminal Migration Period.  Norwegian Archaeological Review.  ISSN 0029-3652 47(2), s 119-140. doi:10.1080/00293652.2014.945476

  • Chirikure, Shadreck; Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Manyanga, Munyaradzi (2018). Adaptation, craftscapes and knowledge networks: introductory remarks on historical ecology and state formation in southern Africa. Azania.  ISSN 0067-270X.  53(4), s 425- 438 . doi: 10.1080/0067270X.2018.1533696
  • Dyvart, Katrine Furu; Sealy, Judith & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). Osteological and stable isotope (δ13C and δ15N) analysis of faunal remains from Khami, Zimbabwe. Azania.  ISSN 0067-270X.  53(4), s 507- 527 . doi: 10.1080/0067270X.2018.1540215 Show summary
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). When Bad Places Turn Worse: The Necropolitics of Death Sites in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, In Sophie Seebach & Rane Willerslev (ed.),  Mirrors of Passing. Unlocking the Mysteries of Death, Materiality, and Time.  Berghahn Books.  ISBN 978-1-78533-908-0.  Chapter 4.  s 74 - 89
  • Sontum, Kaja Hannedatter & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). When The Past is slipping. Value tensions and responses by heritage management to demographic changes: a case study from Oslo, Norway. International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS).  ISSN 1352-7258.  24(4), s 406- 420 . doi: 10.1080/13527258.2017.1378907 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ashley, Ceri; Antonites, Alexander & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Mobility and African archaeology: An Introduction. Azania.  ISSN 0067-270X.  51(4), s 417- 434 . doi: 10.1080/0067270X.2016.1233766
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Untimely Death and Spirit Mobility in a Southern African Border Zone, In Peter Bjerregaard; Anders Emil Rasmussen & Tim Flohr Sørensen (ed.),  Materialities of Passing: Explorations in Transformation, Transition and Transience.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-4724-5791-2.  Chapter 7.  s 147 - 165
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Bandama, Foreman (2016). The mobility of memory: space/knowledge dynamics in rural potting workshops in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Azania.  ISSN 0067-270X.  51(4), s 489- 506 . doi: 10.1080/0067270X.2016.1220056
  • Zimmermann, Udo; Kristoffersen, Siv; Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Bertolino, Silvana; Andò, Sergio & Bersani, Danilo (2016). Provenance and composition of unusually chrome and nickel-rich bucket-shaped pottery from Rogaland (southwestern Norway). Sedimentary Geology.  ISSN 0037-0738.  336, s 183- 196 . doi: 10.1016/j.sedgeo.2015.09.001
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). What kind of science is archaeology? Iron Age studies in southern Africa, In Stephanie Wynne-Jones & Jeffrey Fleisher (ed.),  Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-886060-5.  Chapter 10.  s 156 - 172
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Chirikure, Shadreck (2015). Beyond static models: an evaluation of present status and future prospects for iron age research in Southern Africa. Cambridge Archaeological Journal.  ISSN 0959-7743.  25(3), s 597- 614 . doi: 10.1017/S0959774314001115
  • Jopela, Albino & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Public archaeology, knowledge meetings and heritage ethics in southern Africa: an approach from Mozambique. World archaeology.  ISSN 0043-8243.  47(2), s 261- 284 . doi: 10.1080/00438243.2015.1016583
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Amundsen, Marie (2014). Når stedsbånd veves og løses opp. En sosial kronologi for bosetningen av Kalvebeitet i indre Sogn i yngre romertid og folkevandringstid. Viking.  ISSN 0332-608X.  LXXVII, s 79- 104
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Kristoffersen, Siv & Zimmermann, Udo (2014). Innovation and Collapse: Bucket-Shaped Pottery and Metalwork in the Terminal Migration Period. Norwegian Archaeological Review.  ISSN 0029-3652.  47(2), s 119- 140 . doi: 10.1080/00293652.2014.945476

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  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2012). Material Knowledges, Thermodynamic Spaces and the Moloko Sequence of the Late Iron Age (AD 1300-1840) in Southern Africa. Archaeopress.  ISBN 9781407309798.  138 s.

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  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019). Material culture and translocality in the terminal Iron Age in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019). Material culture and translocality. The terminal Iron Age in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019). Relocated: people, materials and knowledges in motion in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019). The end of prehistory: Urbanism and mobility in southern Africa, c. AD 1700–1850. Show summary
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019). The mobile workshop. Households as arenas for creativity and memory-work in the turbulent terminal Iron Age in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Gabrielsen, Vincent & Solli, Brit (2019). Research Evaluation for Development RED 19: Expert Panel Report - Dep. of Historical Studies, Göteborgs Universitet.
  • Lane, Paul J.; Graham, Angus; Dann, Rachael & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019). Introduction.
  • Nygård, Morten & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2019, 08. august). Arkeologen som stiller dei store spørsmåla.  Grenda.
  • Rider, Sharon; Bränström-Öhman, Annelie; Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Gregersen, Frans; Kondrup, Johnny & Skoie, Mathilde (2019). Research Evaluation for Development 2019. Expert Panel Report for the Faculty of Arts, University of Gothenburg.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). Heritage in Motion. People, Things and Materials in New Places.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). Mobility in historical and contemporary archaeology in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). Time and necropolitics: heritage-making in contemporary southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). Who are the locals? Local craft knowledge and heritage-making in the aftermath of a capacity-building project in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2018). Why did one collapse and the other not? Comparing technologies in turbulent Iron Age phases in southern Africa and Scandinavia.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde (2018). Archaeology and deep histories of science and technology in Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Babalola, Abidemi Babatunde (2018). Archaeology as a method for doing African Studies.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Kristoffersen, Siv (2018). The making of a terminal Migration Period ‘technology of remembrance’ in SW Norway.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). An archaeologist meets a moon crater soup plate.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). Djup tid, samtid, framtid: Ei arkeologisk synfaring av grenselandet. Show summary
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region of Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). Historical ecology and state formations in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). Hva gjør teknologisk utvikling med kunnskap om fortida?.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). Relocated: Ceramic knowledge in motion in terminal Iron Age towns and beyond.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; Bjerregaard, Peter & Schüssler, Alexandra (2017). On Letting Go / Om å gi slipp.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef; House, Michelle; Nyamushosho, Robert Tendai & Dyvart, Katrine Furu (2017). Historical Ecology and State Formation: Project Status and Future Prospects.
  • Jacobsen, Erik & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017, 09. september). Kulturreportasjen Kunst: Kopernikus møter kunsten. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Nyamushosho, Robert Tendai; Chirikure, Shadreck & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2017). From Mapela to Mananzve: Archaeological survey in the Shashi Region, Southwestern Zimbabwe.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). By a street robot in South Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Clay on display: potting as performance in terminal Iron Age towns and beyond.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Ethnographic research and Iron Age ceramics in southern Africa: Technology, spatiality and style.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Experimentation, innovative acceleration and collapse: the case of ceramic technology in Iron Age western Scandinavia, c. AD 200-550.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Introduction to the PULA workshop.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Introduksjon og opning av konferansen.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Memory, space/knowledge tensions and the necropolitics of contemporary pasts in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). The necropolitics of contemporary pasts in southern Africa.
  • Kristoffersen, Elna Siv & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Migration Period Graves in Southern and Western Norway, AD 400-550.
  • Sontum, Kaja Hannedatter & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2016). Tensions Between Unity and Diversity: Responses by Norwegian Heritage Management to Challenges of Globalization and Demographic Changes.
  • Amundsen, Marie & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). A social chronology from below: a 'marginal' Early Iron Age site from western Norway in a comparative perspective.
  • Fitch, Chris & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015, 11. august). Out of Africa. [Tidsskrift].  Geographical Magazine.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). 400-550: folkevandringstid. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). 550-800: merovingartid. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Acceleration before Urbanism.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Berre kvinnearbeid?. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Discussant, African Mobilities session.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Frå alliansar med ringsverd til kongemakt. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Frå fjord til fjell - og ned igjen. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Garden i folkevandringstida. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Grunnlaget for vikingtida. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Hallen - rommet for dei rike og mektige. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Handverket som forsvann. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). "Hordernes innvandring". Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Hundre års tystnad. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Hva er arkeologi og hva gjør arkeologer?.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Kongelege alliansar. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Kvar vart alle gravene av?. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Kvifor vart dei ikkje kristne?. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Makt på færre hender. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Mang slags grav - mang slags død. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Mannen med skjeggstubbane - eller...?. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Ny livsstil gav ny dødsstil. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Politisk makt samlar seg. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Runene i den tomme grava. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Utviklinga av det havgåande seglskipet. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Var fimbulvinteren og ragnarok verkelege?. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Griffin, Catherine (2015, 02. juni). The Ancient Settlement of Mapela May be a New World Heritage Site. [Internett].  Science World Report.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Jopela, Albino (2015). Public archaeology, knowledge meetings and heritage ethics: comparing two cases from southern Africa.
  • Jopela, Albino & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015). Public archaeology, knowledge meetings and heritage ethics in southern Africa: An approach from Mozambique.
  • Kildahl, Mari & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015, 01. juni). A new site on the World Heritage list?. [Internett].  Alphagalileo.org.
  • Kildahl, Mari & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2015, 05. juni). Ny by på verdensarvlisten?. [Internett].  http://www.uio.no/.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region of Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). Historical ecology and state formation in the Shashi-Limpopo region of southern Africa: a cross-disciplinary approach.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014, 20. november). Hvordan velge riktig peis?.  Aftenposten.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). Materiality in Passing: A Study of Spirit Mobility in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). Spiralling from Soil and Transience: An Archaeological Gaze at the Present.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). What counts as heritage? Archaeology, history and present pasts.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Chirikure, Shadreck (2014). Historical Ecology and State Formation in the Shashi-Limpopo Region of Southern Africa: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Kristoffersen, Elna Siv (2014). Ceramic technology, death and temporality: puzzling Migration Period choices as source of theoretical reflection.
  • Prescott, Christopher & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2014). Høyere utdanning i endring: Hvordan møter arkeologi utfordringene (... i en oppgangstid)?.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2013). Beyond static Iron Age models in southern Africa.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2013). Ceramic ethnoarchaeology: What do we learn from studying clay and potting in households?.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2013). Har Fimbulvinter og Ragnarok rot i verkelege hendingar?.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2013). Kva skjedde med keramikkhandverket i Sørvest-Noreg på 500-talet?.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef & Jopela, Albino (2013). Where different knowledges speak: Collaborative engagement in archaeological research and heritage management in two southern African border zones.
  • Kristoffersen, Siv & Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2013). From innovation to collapse. Archaeometric analyses of Migration Period bucket-shaped pottery from Southwest Norway.
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2012). Ingen grunn til begeistring? Då straumen kom til Phondwane i KwaZulu-Natal, Sør-Afrika. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0332-8937.  2(117), s 51- 60
  • Fredriksen, Per Ditlef (2012). Leire-ild-kar. Keramikkfylket Rogaland.

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