Søren Handberg

Associate Professor - Archaeology
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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


  • Handberg, Søren (2019). The Beginning of Sacred Travel in Ancient Athens and Its Countryside, In Wiebke Friese; Søren Handberg & Troels Myrup Kristensen (ed.),  Ascending and Descending the Acropolis. Movement in Athenian Religion. (Monographs of the Danish Institute at Athens volume 23).  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 978 87 7184 467 2.  Kap. 6.  s 121 - 143
  • Handberg, Søren & Barfoed, Signe (2019). Frederik Poulsen & Ejnar Dyggve – og udgravninger i den antikke by Kalydon i Vestgrækenland, I: Eva Mortensen & Rubina Raja (red.),  Store danske arkæologer. På jagt efter fortidens byer.  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 9788771847512.  -.  s 133 - 161
  • Vikatou, Olympia; Handberg, Søren; Michaelides, Neoptolemos & Barfoed, Signe (2019). Topographical Work in Ancient Kalydon, Aitolia (2015-18). Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens.  ISSN 1108-149X.  9, s 161- 188
  • Vikatou, Olympia & Handberg, Søren (2018). Excavations on the Lower Acropolis plateau in Kalydon, In Olympia Vikatou (ed.),  Το Αρχαιολογικό Εργο στη Αιτωλοακαρνανία και τη Λευκάδα, Πρακτικά 2ου Αρχαιολογικού και Ιστορικού Συνεδρίου, Μεσολόγγι 6-8 Δεκεμβρίου 2013.  Mεσολόγγι.  ISBN 978-960-386-357-1.  Kapitel.  s 347 - 361
  • Handberg, Søren & Gadolou, Anastasia (2017). Introduction to Material Koinai, In Søren Handberg & Anastasia Gadolou (ed.),  Material Koinai in the Greek Early Iron Age and Archaic Period. Acts of an International Conference at the Danish Institute at Athens, 30 January – 1 February 2015.  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 9788771843286.  Chapter 1.  s 7 - 16
  • Vikatou, Olympia & Handberg, Søren (2017). The Lower Acropolis of Kalydon in Aitolia: preliminary report on the excavations carried out in 2013-15. Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens.  ISSN 1108-149X.  8, s 191- 206
  • Winther-Jacobsen, Kristina; Frederiksen, Rune & Handberg, Søren (2017). Celebrating 25 years of archaeological research at the Danish Institute at Athens. Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens.  ISSN 1108-149X.  8, s 7- 22
  • Crudo, Maurizio; D’Andrea, Maria; Handberg, Søren; Mittica, Gloria; De Francesco, Anna Maria; Andaloro, Eliana & Kindberg Jacobsen, Jan (2016). L’abitato enotrio di Timpone della Motta (Cs): culture a confronto, relazioni e scambi. FORUM ROMANUM BELGICUM.  ISSN 2295-9432.  13, s 1- 22
  • Handberg, Søren; Jacobsen, Jan Kindberg; Colelli, Carmelo & Mittica, Gloria (2015). Pottery Workshop Organization and Transformation at the Archaeological Site of Timpone della Motta between 800 and 650 BC: a case study from Northern Calabria, Southern Italy, In R. Gül Gürtekin-Demir; Hüseyin Cevizoğlu; Yasemin Polat & Gürcan Polat (ed.),  Keramos. Ceramics: a cultural approach. Proceedings of the First International Conference at Ege University, May 9-13, 2011 İzmir.  Bilgin Kültür Sanat.  ISBN 978-605-85730-4-8.  13.  s 158 - 165
  • Handberg, Søren; Jacobsen, Jan Kindberg; Ippolito, Francesca & Mittica, Gloria Paola (2015). Greek and Greek Style Pottery in the Sibaritide during the 8th Century BC., In Giulia Saltini Semerari & Gert-Jan Burgers (ed.),  Early Iron Age Communities of Southern Italy.  Papers of the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome.  ISBN 978-88-6060-689-1.  Part III: Territory.  s 151 - 175
  • Frederiksen, Rune; Vikatou, Olympia & Handberg, Søren (2014). The Danish-Greek Excavations at Kalydon, Aitolia. The Theatre Project: Preliminary Report from the 2011-2012 Campaigns. Proceedings of the Danish Institute at Athens.  ISSN 1108-149X.  7, s 221- 234
  • Lawall, Mark L.; Bilde, Pia Guldager; Bjerg, Line M. Højberg; Handberg, Søren & Højte, Jakob Munk (2014). The Lower City of Olbia Pontike Occupation and Abandonment in the 2nd Century BC, In Pia Guldager Bilde & Mark L. Lawall (ed.),  Pottery, peoples and places: the late Hellenistic period, c. 200-50 BC between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (Black Sea Studies volume 16).  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 978 87 7934 532 4.  Chapter 3.  s 29 - 45

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