Søren Handberg

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

Academic interests

My academic interests cover the archaeology and history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions from the Bronze Age to the Roman Imperial period. My research focuses mainly on the ancient Greek world in the period from the Iron Age to Hellenistic times (ca. 1000-100 BC). I have a special interest in the study of ceramics and how the study of ancient consumption patterns can increase our knowledge about the social and cultural history of the ancient world. I also carry out research related to the meeting of cultures, mixed societies and cultural exchange with a particular emphasis on the Greek colonial environment of the western Mediterranean. I am currently the director of the archaeological excavations in the ancient Greek city of Kalydon in Aitolia in western Greece. The fieldwork focuses mainly on the excavation of a house of the Hellenistic period situated on the Lower Acropolis, but additional investigations of the Archaic city and the urban layout are also carried out. The work is undertaken in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Aetolia-Acarnania and Lefkada and the Danish Institute at Athens. 

Courses taught


In 2006 I obtained a MA in Classical Archaeology and Social Anthropology at Aarhus University, Denmark. In 2010 I received a PhD from the Centre for Black Sea Studies (Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence) at Aarhus University on the topic of the locally produced pottery in the ancient Greek colonies in the Black Sea region. I then held a postdoc fellowship at the Department of Classical Studies at the same university, until I moved to Athens in 2012 to take up the position as assistant director of the Danish Institute at Athens. I have participated in archaeological fieldwork in Denmark, Greece, Italy, Norway and Ukraine. I have been at Oslo University since August 2015. 


  • 2017- : Elected member of the Board of the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
  • 2017- : Chairperson of the Council of the Study Programme for Archaeology and Conservation
  • 2017- : Chairperson of the National Academic Council for Archaeology
  • 2017- : Member of the Council of The Norwegian Institute in Rome
  • 2016- : Head of the Archaeology Group

Positions held

  • 2012-2015: Assistant Director, The Danish Institute at Athens
  • 2010-2012: Postdoc fellowship, Department of Classical Studies, Aarhus University
  • 2010: Research Assistant, Department of Classical Studies, Aarhus University
  • 2007-2010: PhD student, The Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Black Sea Studies, Aarhus University


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Tags: Classical Archaeology, Archaeology, Cultural history, Greek and Roman History, Kalydon in Aitolia, Social archaeology
Published Aug. 6, 2015 11:07 AM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2021 11:36 PM