The research school is a unique venture financed by The Knowledge Foundation and Linnaeus University in collaboration with the following participating companies: Bohuslän Museum, Jamtli in Östersund, Kalmar County Museum Department of Museum Archaeology and the conservation service, Västarvet Studio Västsvensk Konservering. For more information, please contact the Director of the Research School, Professor Cornelius Holtorf.
Presentation of PhD projects
The aim of my PhD project is to explore how cadavers from intergroup conflicts are politicized and used as manifestations by the perpetrators. I will explore cross-cultural and cross-temporal use of violence in order to understand the usage of dead bodies. My archaeological case study is the 5th century ringfort Sandby borg where bodies have been left unburied inside the houses and out on the streets inside the ringfort after a massacre. I am since 2014 involved as bioarchaeologist in the project. In my research, I will explore how the bioarchaeological record can contribute to the understanding of corpses from intergroup conflicts as manifestations. I focus on unburied bodies.
Delia Ní Chíobhaín Enqvist
This project seeks to establish how contract maritime archaeology and its results can be communicated to a diverse public with the use of new technologies. An important aim is to assure the discipline's theoretical frameworks keeps pace with explosion of available technologies. The project will further the overarching themes of communication in society and improving efficiency within the contract archaeology department at Bohusläns museum, Uddevalla.
My research is about how archaeology can be pursued in areas where indigenous people work. My main focus is Sami archaeology. I want to find methods that establish the conditions for respect, cooperation and dialogue in day-to-day practices.
Kalmar County Museum Department of Museum Archaeology
Ivonne Dutra Leivas
This project, aims to investigate how public archaeology responds to the needs of school education, and how archaeologists can improve the methods of mediation to facilitate a better understanding of archaeological material as a source of knowledge. The focus here is on archaeological finds of personal items such as buttons, pipes, gambling pieces, combs, images of saints, and utensils. Items small enough to be grasped in the palm of a hand. These items are easy to recognize from our contemporary everyday life and can therefore contribute to dialogues about people in the past and present, enhancing understanding of time, culture and humanity. By making a thorough analysis of these items in relation to current theoretical approaches of materiality and developing adequate archaeo-didactics, the objective is to create a bridge between academia and the public.
My research focuses on digital developments within archaeology. How can digital methodologies assist in making contract archaeology socially relevant in new ways? I examine what these developments mean for the documentation and communication of archaeological source material. How can the archaeological workflow be improved with digital solutions? My case studies are projects within the contract archaeology sector that work with digital workflows. One case study in particular is also connected to Sandby borg on Öland where applied research will evaluate new digital solutions. The goal of my research is to find new ways for us to communicate social issues through archaeology.
How history is understood is of great significance for contemporary politics is shaped. My research is about how history has been told and can be told. The ambition is to develop tools that enable contract archaeology to communicate its knowledge to the general public in a way that ensures involvement and social relevance.
My research examines the role that archaeology and heritage can play in sustainable urban and rural development. A central aspect is how the use of archaeological knowledge and heritage values in modern urban planning affects a socially sustainable development of future cities and communities. Inquiry will focus on, among other things, issues of democratic town and country planning, social capital and identity.
Västarvet Studio Västsvensk Konservering
My research within the Grasca project aims to assess the means and reasons for selecting archaeological materials for future research, conservation and building up or expanding museum collections. Investigating the motivation for, and mapping the direct effects of selecting on the structure of collections before as well as after the introduction of contract archaeology, will challenge the way we shape our past as well as our future.