Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay

Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay

Associate professor
Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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I defended my dissertation at the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, in 2006 and have been active as an archaeologist in Kalmar County since 2007. I worked at the Kalmar County Museum until 2019, when I was permanently employed as a lecturer at Linnaeus university. I was assigned the level of Docent in 2022.

Through my previous work as an archaeologist at Kalmar County Museum, I was involved in the notable work around the Iron Age ringfort of Sandby Borg where excavations were carried out 2011–2018.


I mostly teach archaeology at the undergraduate and advanced level, as well as within the bachelor's program "Cultural heritage in present and future society". In archaeology teaching, the field courses are especially close to my heart. I have on four occasions led seminar excavations at Sandby borg. The excavations have been in or near the ringfort, and Linnaeus University's archeology students have had the chance to take part in the extremely exciting work with the excavations. In recent years, the field courses have been located at Gamla Skogsby, a prominent Iron Age settlement site on Öland potentially contemporary with Sandby borg, i.e. from the mid-Iron Age.

I mostly teach archeology at basic level and advanced level, as well as within the bachelor's program "Cultural heritage in present and future society". In archeology teaching, the field courses are particularly close to my heart. I have led LNU's seminar excavations almost every year since 2011, at a number of different locations on Öland and in the Kalmar region. On four occasions, the students have been allowed to dig in or adjacent to the famous ringfort of Sandby borg, and in 2019–2023 we excavated at the Iron Age village of Gamla Skogsby on western Öland. During a five-year period starting in 2024, the seminar excavations will be carried out within the framework of the major research program "Crisis, conflict, climate", which deals with the Iron Age ringforts of Öland.


My research interests have varied over time, with Öland as the common denominator. During my time as a doctoral student and postdoc, I worked a lot with Stone Age ceramics from Öland. I also wrote several articles about megalithic tombs and the significance of places, both based on my own excavations and older investigations. In recent years, I have focussed on the Iron Age, mainly the migration period based on the investigations at the ringfort of Sandby Borg and the open settlement at Gamla Skogsby. Starting in 2023, I devote a large part of my research to Öland's Iron Age ringforts, within the framework of the RJ-funded research program "Crisis, conflict and climate" which is led by Stockholm University.

Through my background at the Archaeological research laboratory in Stockholm and my years in contract archaeology, I have a strong field archaeological and methodological foundation, which permeates much of what I do today. Likewise, I have always had a strong commitment to public archaeology, that is, the communication of what we do to a wider audience.


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