Þóra Pétursdóttir

Associate Professor - Archaeology
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Phone +47-22841948
Mobile phone +47-92077735
Room 1.44
Visiting address Blindernveien 11 0371 Oslo

Research interest

As an archaeologist and researcher I work predominantly with themes within contemporary archaeology, cultural heritage studies and archaeological theory and method. These three fields overlap in my current work with archaeology and heritage of the Anthropocene where I study the afterlife of things as unruly heritage, the relation between culture and nature, and archaeology's challenges and potentials in this regard.

My orientation has always been towards the north and Arctic and my research has been carried out mostly in Iceland, Northern Norway and Russia.

In my work I put great emphasis on communication and I am interested in how different forms of dissemination further archaeology's knowledge production and the characteristics of material culture.


ARK 4040 Fordypning i arkeologisk teori og metode

ARK 2110 Arkeologisk kulturminneforvaltning


I have my education from the University of Iceland (BA) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway (MA, PhD). As a PhD candidate I also studied at Stanford University (2012). From 2007 to 2010 I worked as project manager at Institute of Archaeology/Fornleifastofnun Íslands (http://fornleif.is/), in Iceland, where I was responsible for archaeological registration projects, excavations and consultation. I held a lectureship at the University of Iceland in 2008 and 2009. After completing my PhD in 2013 I held postdoc and later researcher positions at UiT The Arctic University of Norway (2013-2019), and a research fellowship at CAS Centre for Advanced Studies in Oslo during 2016-2017. I have been Associate Professor at UiO from August 2019.

I currently serve as Editor-in-Chief for the journal NAR Norwegian Archaeological Review

Other commissions

2019-2021 Reserve member of the Science and Technology Policy Council of the Icelandic Government

2019- Editor-in-Chief, NAR Norwegian Archaeological Review

2016- Assistant Editor, Post Medieval Archaeology

2016- Board member of standing committee, CHAT, Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory, International network of archaeologists working with the recent past.

2015-2017 Vice president for the Icelandic Archaeological Association (Hið íslenzka fornleifafélag)

2015-2016 Representative for temporary employees on the institute board, IAS, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

2014-2019 Editorial Secretary NAR Norwegian Archaeological Review

2010-2013 Vice president for the Archaeology committee, Ministry of Education and Culture, Iceland

2009-2011 President of the executive committee, Akureyri Academy


2019: Universitetsforlagets lærebokpris

Tags: Archaeology, Archaeological theory, Contemporary archaeology, Cultural heritage, Environmental Humanities
Published Aug. 6, 2019 9:10 AM - Last modified Sep. 16, 2020 1:42 PM