Unn Pedersen

Associate Professor - Archaeology
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Pedersen’s areas of research are non-ferrous metalworking, technology, crafts, economy and urbanisation. Her research is based on studies of artefacts from Viking Age and Migration Period graves and settlements, supported by archeaometallurgical analyses. She gives public lecturers several times a year, has participated in the production of exhibitions, presents her research regularly in media, and has published three children’s books, two of them being translated to English.

Pedersen is the project leader of HEI: Heritage Experience Initiative.

Background

Pedersen held the position as Head of External Relations at The Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History 2018-2020. 2011-2010 she headed Norgeshistorie.no, a public dissemination project at the University of Oslo. She was Finds Leader and had a PhD position in The Kaupang Excavation Project (2008–2000), has participated in numerous excavations (2000-1992) and has experience in teaching and supervising bachelor and master students from Aarhus University (2009) and the University of Oslo (2000–present). Pedersen has been editor in Chief of the journal Viking 2012-2013 and a member of the expert group of the Avaldsnes project.

Education

2010 Ph.D. University of Oslo.  I smeltedigelen - Finsmedene i vikingtidsbyen Kaupang (Non-ferrous metalworkers in the Viking Age town Kaupang)

2000 Cand. philol. University of Oslo. Vektlodd - sikre vitnesbyrd om handelsvirksomhet? (Weights - unquestionable evidence of trade?)

Tags: Archaeology, Viking Age, Medieval Studies, Material culture, Craft

Publications

Pedersen, Unn 2017: Viking-period non-ferrous metalworking and urban commodity production, In Ann Zanette Tsigaridas Glørstad & Kjetil Loftsgarden (ed.), Viking-Age Transformations: Trade, Craft and Resources in Western Scandinavia, s. 124-138. Routledge. 

Pedersen, Unn 2016: Into the Melting Pot: Non-ferrous Metalworkers in Viking-period Kaupang. Aarhus Universitetsforlag

Pedersen, Unn 2015: Leadworking in Viking-Age Norway, I Marianne Hem Eriksen, Unn Pedersen, Bernt Rundberget, Irmelin Axelsen og Heidi Lund Berg (red.): Viking Worlds. Things, spaces, and movement, s. 179-197. Oxbow.

Pedersen, Unn 2015: Urban craftspeople at Viking-age Kaupang, I Gitte Hansen, Steven P. Ashby og Irene Baug (red.): Everyday Products in the Middle Ages: Crafts, Consumption and the Individual in Northern Europe c. AD 800-1600, s. 51-68. Oxbow.

Pedersen, Unn 2014: Kaupangs kvinner, I Nancy L. Coleman og Nanna Løkka (red.): Kvinner i vikingtid, s. 167-185. Scandinavian Academic Press.

Madsen, H.J., U. Pedersen, E. Roesdahl og S.M. Sindbæk 2014: Mindre inventar og personlige ejendele, I  Else Roesdahl, Søren M. Sindbæk og Anne Pedersen (red.): Aggersborg i vikingetiden. Bebyggelsen og borgen, s. 314-329. Nationalmuseet/ Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab.

Pedersen, U. 2014: Nye studier av Gokstadfunnet. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift 122, s 33-36, tilgjengelig på academia.edu

Pedersen, U. 2013: På en gård i vikingtiden. Gyldendal.

Pedersen, U. 2013: Det store i det små - vikingtidens finsmeder under lupen. Primitive tider, 15 s. 71-83, tilgjengelig på academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. og C.L. Rødsrud 2013: Nye vektlodd fra Vestfold. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift, 119, s. 53-59, tilgjengelig på academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. 2010: I smeltedigelen. Finsmedene i vikingtidsbyen Kaupang. Avhandling for ph.d.-graden, Universitetet i Oslo.

Pedersen, U. 2009: Den ideelle og den reelle smed. I: "Håndverk og produksjon. Et møte mellom ulike perspektiver", red. J. Lund og L. Melheim. OAS vol. 2, s. 129–146. Unipub. Oslo, available at academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. 2008: Weights and balances. I: "Means of Exchange. Dealing with Silver in the Viking Age", red. D. Skre. Kaupang Excavation Project Publication Series, vol. 2. Norske Oldfunn XXIII, s. 119–195. Aarhus University Press. Århus, available at academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. 2008: Dumme menn og troll til kjerringer. I: "Facets of archaeology. Essays in honour of Lotte Hedeager on her 60th birthday", red. K. Chilidis, J. Lund, C. Prescott. OAS vol. 10, s. 585–595. Unipub. Oslo, available at academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. og L. Pilø 2007: The Settlement: Artefacts and Site Periods. I: "Kaupang in Skiringssal", red. D. Skre. Kaupang Excavation Project Publication Series, vol. 1. Norske Oldfunn XXII,s. 179–190. Aarhus University Press. Århus, available at academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. 2001: Vektlodd – sikre vitnesbyrd om handelsvirksomhet? I Primitive tider 2001:19–36, available at academia.edu.

Pedersen, U. 2000: Vektlodd – sikre vitnesbyrd om handelsvirksomhet? Vektloddenes funksjoner i vikingtid. En analyse av vektloddmaterialet fra Kaupang og sørøst-Norge. Hovedfagsoppgave i nordisk arkeologi.

  • Pedersen, Unn (2020). Communication Through Creativity – The Vestfold School Revisited. In Pedersen, Anne & Sindbæk, Søren M. (Ed.), Viking encounters. Proceedings of the Eighteen Viking Congress . Aarhus Universitetsforlag. ISSN 9788771842654. p. 399–412.
  • Jahnsen, Sofie Scheen & Pedersen, Unn (2020). HEI: Heritage Experience Initiative . Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0332-8937. 132, p. 18–22.
  • Kristoffersen, Siv & Pedersen, Unn (2020). Changing perspectives in southwest Norwegian Style I . In Martin, Toby & Morrison, Wendy (Ed.), Barbaric Splendour: The Use of Image Before and After Rome. Archaeopress. ISSN 9781789696592. p. 47–60.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). From bronze-casting to non-ferrous metalworking: complexity, choices and cooperation in urban Scandinavian Viking-Age workshops. In Ashby, Steven P. & Sindbæk, Søren M. (Ed.), Crafts and Social Networks in Viking Towns. Oxbow Books. ISSN 978-1-78925-160-9. p. 231–250. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv138ws19.13.
  • Pedersen, Unn & Kristoffersen, Elna Siv (2019). To spenner fra samme hånd? Folkevandringstidens relieffspenner i detalj. Viking. ISSN 0332-608X. LXXXII, p. 119–134. doi: 10.5617/viking.7118. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pedersen, Unn & Kristoffersen, Siv (2018). A Scandinavian Relief Brooch: Artistic Vision and Practical Method Combined. Medieval Archaeology. ISSN 0076-6097. 62(2), p. 219–236. doi: 10.1080/00766097.2018.1535384. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pedersen, Unn (2017). Hva er faglitterær formidling for barn? Fakta forskning og fantasi. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0332-8937. p. 37–42. Full text in Research Archive
  • Pedersen, Unn (2017). Vikingtidskvinner i maktens innerste sirkel. In Kjesrud, Karoline & Løkka, Nanna (Ed.), Dronningen i vikingtid og middelalder. Scandinavian Academic Press. ISSN 9788230401828. p. 98–125.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2017). Viking-period non-ferrous metalworking and urban commodity production. In Glørstad, Ann Zanette Tsigaridas & Loftsgarden, Kjetil (Ed.), Viking-Age Transformations: Trade, Craft and Resources in Western Scandinavia. Routledge. ISSN 978-1-47-247077-5. p. 124–138. doi: 10.4324/9781315548197-7.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2016). Non-ferrous metalworking in Viking Age Scandinavia: A question of mobility. In Turner, Val E.; Owen, Olwyn A. & Waugh, Doreen J. (Ed.), Shetland and the Viking World. Papers from the Seventeenth Viking Congress, Lerwick. Shetland Heritage Publications. ISSN 978-0-9932740-3-9. p. 263–269.
  • Pedersen, Unn; Andersen, Tom; Simonsen, Siri Lene & Erambert, Muriel (2016). Lead isotope analysis of pewter mounts from from the Viking ship burial at Gokstad: On the origin and use of raw materials. Archaeometry. ISSN 0003-813X. 58, p. 148–163. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12222.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2015). På den andre siden - smykkehåndverket bak Dalemspennen. In Hedeager, Lotte & Forseth, Lars (Ed.), Dalemfunnet. Kulturhistorisk museum, Universitetet i Oslo. ISSN 978-82-8084-203-9. p. 37–46.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2015). Noe for enhver smak - smykkeproduksjon i vikingtidsbyene. In Risvaag, Jon Anders; Berge, Ragnhild & Brattli, Terje (Ed.), Inn i fortida - ut i verden - i museet!. Museumsforlaget AS. ISSN 978-82-830-5019-6. p. 52–60.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2015). Urban craftspeople at Viking-age Kaupang. In Hansen, Gitte; Ashby, Steven P. & Baug, Irene (Ed.), Everyday Products in the Middle Ages: Crafts, Consumption and the Individual in Northern Europe c. AD 800-1600. Oxbow Books. ISSN 978-1782978053. p. 51–68. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvh1dtfs.8.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2015). Leadworking in Viking-Age Norway. In Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Pedersen, Unn; Rundberget, Bernt; Axelsen, Irmelin & Berg, Heidi Lund (Ed.), Viking Worlds. Things, spaces, and movement. Oxbow Books. ISSN 9781782977278. p. 179–197. doi: 10.2307/j.ctvh1dgwk.16.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Kaupangs kvinner. In Coleman, Nancy L. & Løkka, Nanna (Ed.), Kvinner i vikingtid : Vikingatidens kvinnor. Scandinavian Academic Press. ISSN 978-82-304-0129-3. p. 167–185.
  • Dobat, Andres; Pedersen, Unn & Roesdahl, Else (2014). Objects of unknown use. In Roesdahl, Else; Sindbæk, Søren Michael; Pedersen, Anne & Wilson, David M. (Ed.), Aggersborg. The Viking-Age settlement and fortress. National Museum of Denmark/ Jutland Archaeological Society. ISSN 9788788415872. p. 346–351.
  • Dobat, Andres; Pedersen, Unn; Resi, Heid Gjøstein & Roesdahl, Else (2014). Raw material, rough-outs, waste. In Roesdahl, Else; Sindbæk, Søren Michael; Pedersen, Anne & Wilson, David M. (Ed.), Aggersborg. The Viking-Age settlement and fortress. National Museum of Denmark/ Jutland Archaeological Society. ISSN 9788788415872. p. 337–345.
  • Madsen, Hans Jørgen; Pedersen, Unn; Roesdahl, Else & Sindbæk, Søren Michael (2014). Small objects and personal equipment. In Roesdahl, Else; Sindbæk, Søren Michael; Pedersen, Anne & Wilson, David M. (Ed.), Aggersborg. The Viking-Age settlement and fortress. National Museum of Denmark/ Jutland Archaeological Society. ISSN 9788788415872. p. 262–278.
  • Dobat, Andres; Pedersen, Unn; Pedersen, Anne & Roesdahl, Else (2014). Genstande med uvis funktion. In Roesdahl, Else; Sindbæk, Søren Michael & Pedersen, Anne (Ed.), Aggersborg i vikingetiden. Bebyggelsen og borgen. Nationalmuseet/ Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab. ISSN 9788788415865. p. 395–400.
  • Dobat, Andres; Pedersen, Unn; Resi, Heid Gjøstein & Roesdahl, Else (2014). Råmaterialer, forarbejder, spild. In Roesdahl, Else; Sindbæk, Søren Michael & Pedersen, Anne (Ed.), Aggersborg i vikingetiden. Bebyggelsen og borgen. Nationalmuseet/ Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab. ISSN 9788788415865. p. 386–394.
  • Madsen, Hans Jørgen; Pedersen, Unn; Roesdahl, Else & Sindbæk, Søren Michael (2014). Mindre inventar og personlige ejendele. In Roesdahl, Else; Sindbæk, Søren Michael & Pedersen, Anne (Ed.), Aggersborg i vikingetiden. Bebyggelsen og borgen. Nationalmuseet/ Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab. ISSN 9788788415865. p. 314–329.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Nye studier av Gokstadfunnet. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0332-8937. p. 33–36.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Det store i det små - vikingtidens finsmeder under lupen. Primitive tider. ISSN 1501-0430. p. 71–83.
  • Pedersen, Unn & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2013). Nye vektlodd fra Vestfold. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift. ISSN 0332-8937. 119, p. 53–59.

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  • Aannestad, Hanne Lovise; Pedersen, Unn; Moen, Marianne; Naumann, Elise & Berg, Heidi Lund (2020). Vikings Across Boundaries Viking-Age Transformations – Volume II. Routledge. ISBN 9780367364526. 328 p.
  • Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Pedersen, Unn; Rundberget, Bernt; Axelsen, Irmelin & Berg, Heidi Lund (2019). Viking Worlds: Things, Spaces and Movement [Paperback edition]. Oxbow Books. ISBN 9781789252101. 250 p.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2017). Vikingdronningens grav. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag A/S. ISBN 9788205490000. 58 p.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2016). Into the Melting Pot: Non-ferrous Metalworkers in Viking-period Kaupang. Aarhus Universitetsforlag. ISBN 9788779343108. 222 p.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2016). The Viking Farm. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag A/S. ISBN 9788205496958. 64 p.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2016). The Viking Town. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag A/S. ISBN 9788205496965. 64 p.
  • Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Pedersen, Unn; Rundberget, Bernt; Axelsen, Irmelin & Berg, Heidi Lund (2015). Viking Worlds. Things, spaces, and movement. Oxbow Books. ISBN 9781782977278. 250 p.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). På en gård i vikingtiden. Gyldendal Norsk Forlag A/S. ISBN 9788205446649. 57 p.

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  • Pedersen, Unn (2021). Creativity and copying in non-ferrous metalworking.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2021). Another story: Returning to Oseberg.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2021). Kaupangs gravfelt: en vandring i vikingbyen.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2021). Handelsnettverk og handelsstedsutvikling i tidlig vikingtid.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2021). Vestfolds vikingtidsverksteder.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2020). The gripping beast: A curious little critter , Fabulous animals - from the Iron Age to the Vikings. Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. ISSN 978-82-8084-212-1. p. 59–63.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2020). Gripedyret: En artig liten krabat. In Røstad, Ingunn Marit; Aannestad, Hanne Lovise; Elliott, Kathrine & Mansrud, Anja (Ed.), Fabelaktige dyr - fra jernalder og vikingtid. Ingunn M. Røstad, Hanne L. Aannestad, Katherine Elliott og Anja Mansrud (red.). . Kulturhistorisk Museum. p. 59–63.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2020). A shiny brooch and its secrets .
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). A perspective from the North.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). Female Power in the Viking Age.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). Urban Viking women.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). Osebergbegravelsen og hva den kan fortelle om mektige vikingtidskvinner.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). Vikingbyene som forsvant .
  • Pedersen, Unn (2019). Formidling som forskningsmetode.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2018). Urban Viking women: life in Kaupang in Skiringssal.
  • Kristoffersen, Siv & Pedersen, Unn (2018). In close-up view: Animal art and crafts in times of change.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2018). Birkakrigeren. Nemi. ISSN 1651-3436. p. 20–23.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2018). Byene som forsvant.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2018). Urban Vikings with global networks.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2017). Vikingtiden.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2017). Ny bok: Vikingdronningens grav. [Radio]. NRK Vestfold.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Landet blir kristnet. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Rane, bytte, kjøpe, gi. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Fangst, jern og serieproduksjon. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Samlingen av «Norge». Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Fra høvdingdømmer til kongedømme. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Religioner møtes i vikingtiden. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Vikingenes vakre verden. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Vikingferdene. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Den vennlige vikingen. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Treller, bønder og elite. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Den mangfoldige vikingtidsgården. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Pedersen, Unn (2015). Vikingtidsbyen Kaupang. Norgeshistorie.no.
  • Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Pedersen, Unn; Rundberget, Bernt; Axelsen, Irmelin & Berg, Heidi Lund (2015). Exploring Viking Worlds. In Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Pedersen, Unn; Rundberget, Bernt; Axelsen, Irmelin & Berg, Heidi Lund (Ed.), Viking Worlds. Things, spaces, and movement. Oxbow Books. ISSN 9781782977278.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Økonomi i vikingtiden.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Kaupang: Viking-Age expansion to the North. In Sindbæk, Søren Michael & Trakadas, Athena (Ed.), The World in the Viking Age. Vikingeskibsmuseet. ISSN 978-87-85180-70-4. p. 96–97.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Economy in the Viking Age.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Vestfold in the Viking Age.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). En allsidig mann... In Gustavsen, Cecilia (Eds.), Hauglagt - vikingenes gravskikk på Gulli. Vestfoldmuseene. p. 52–55.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). En allsidig mann.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Nytt om vikingtiden.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Vektlodd og skålvekter fra vikingtiden.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2014). Historieskriving for barn - mer enn bare fakta.
  • Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen; Bill, Jan & Pedersen, Unn (2013). Siste nytt fra Gokstad.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Non-ferrous metalworking in Scandinavia: knowledge and learning.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). På en gård i vikingtiden.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Ny barnebok om Vestfolds vikingtid. [Radio]. NRK Vestfoldsendingen.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Finsmedenes smykker - produksjon og distribusjon.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Vikingtidens finsmeder - kunnskap, opplæring og ressurser.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Copper alloy working. Technological innovations, learning and adoption.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Vikingtidens finsmeder.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). Lead-working in Viking-age Norway.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2013). From bronze casting to non-ferrous metalwork in Viking-age Scandinavia.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2012). Smykkehåndverket.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2012). Kvinnene på Kaupang.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2012). Non-ferrous metalworkers in the Scandinavian Viking-age towns.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2012). Vestfolds vikingtid.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2012). Urban craftspeople at Kaupang.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2012). Objects of lead and copper alloys from Gokstad.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Smykkestøperne i vikingtidsbyen Kaupang.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Vikingtidens skipsgraver.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Noe for enhver smak – smykkeproduksjon i vikingtidsbyene.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Non-ferrous metalworkers at Kaupang.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Barna i vikingtidsbyen.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). En reise tilbake i tid, til vikingtiden.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Smykkestøping i vikingtid.
  • Pedersen, Unn (2011). Non-ferrous metalworkers in the Scandinavian Viking Age towns.

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