This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course deals with interdisciplinary research in environmental archaeology, i.e. relationships between past societies and the natural world (plants, animals and landscapes). Central to the course is project designs and methodological approaches of research topics primarily combining paleoecology and archaeology. The focus will be on Scandinavian archaeology from where ongoing research and relevant literature will be presented, analysed and discussed. During the course, the candidates get the possibility to advance their own research, by using their own projects as examples.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:
  • have advanced knowledge of research designs used in environmental archaeology
  • be able to evaluate methods used in environmental archaeology
  • be able to develop new methodological approaches in environmental archaeology

After completing the course the student should:
  • be able to formulate new research questions, plan and execute research in environmental archaeology
  • be able to conduct research in environmental archaeology at an international level
  • be able to handle complex research questions and challenge existing knowledge in environmental archaeology

General competence
After completing the course the student should:
  • be able to identify ethical dilemmas and conduct research with integrity
  • be able to handle complex interdisciplinary research assignments
  • be able to communicate academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field at an international level
  • be able to contribute to new thinking and innovation processes


The course will be centred on themes related to interdisciplinary research in Scandinavian archaeology. The themes will be addressed through student presentations, lectures by established researchers, classroom discussions (seminars) and a written assignment.
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Wetland archaeology
  • Landscape reconstruction
  • Agricultural development
  • Natural resources

Human-environment interactions (driving forces, impact, feedback)
The students will present papers from the themes included in the course, followed by discussions by all participants. The presentations should be prepared before the course starts.
Lectures will provide an overview of interdisciplinary research designs and methodology. Case studies of current research in environmental archaeology will be presented, with a focus on methodological approaches used to address different research questions.
The course will enable the PhD-student to develop his/her own research project. The post-course assignment may be part of the candidate's project and should be related to current archaeological research.

Required prerequisite knowledge

The students must satisfy the admissions requirements of the PhD programme.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Active class room participation Post-course assignment1/1 Pass - Fail
Coursework requirements
Students need to attend a one-week on-campus study programme. Presence is mandatory (MP). Mandatory requirements: 75% presence. If students do not fulfil the MP requirement, students will have to pass an assignment given by the course coordinators in order to take the course exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Erik Daniel Fredh

Method of work

A combination of lectures, article presentations made by students, classroom discussions and post-course assignment.

Course assessment

Student evaluation will be conducted according to the regulations set forth by the Faculty of Social sciences.


Reading List

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 20.10.2020