from the Roman Period to the Middle Ages

Advisory Board members of the priority programm

Prof. Dr. Jan Bill
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Bill

    Department of Archaeology
    Postboks 6762 St. Olavs plass
    0130 Oslo

    Tel.: +47-22859556

    E-Mail: jan.bill(at)khm.uio.no


  • Bill, Jan (2013). Langskibet Roskilde 6, I: Gareth Williams; Peter Pentz & Matthias Wemhoff (red.),  Viking.  British Museum Press.  ISBN 978-87-7602-199-3.  5.1.  s 228 - 233

    Bill, Jan (2013). Osebergskipet og ritual begravelse, I: Gareth Williams; Peter Pentz & Matthias Wemhoff (red.),  Viking.  British Museum Press.  ISBN 978-87-7602-199-3.  4.3.  s 200 - 201

    Bill, Jan (2013). Revisiting Gokstad. Interdisciplinary investigations of a find complex investigated in the 19th century, In Sebastian Brather & Dirk Krausse (ed.),  Fundmassen. Innovative Strategien zur Auswertung frühmittelalterlicherQuellenbestände.  Konrad Theiss Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-8062-2872-4.  7.  s 75 - 86

    Bill, Jan & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2013). En ny markeds- og produksjonsplass ved Gokstad i Vestfold. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0332-8937.  120, s 5- 12

    Macphail, Richard; Linderholm, Johan; Bill, Jan; Cannell, Rebecca & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2013). Integrated microstratigraphic investigations of coastal archaeological soils and sediments in Norway: The Gokstad ship burial mound and its environs including the Viking harbour settlement of Heimdaljordet, Vestfold. Quaternary International.  ISSN 1040-6182.  315, s 131- 146 . doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.05.051

    Bill, Jan & Daly, Aoife (2012). The plundering of the ship graves from Oseberg and Gokstad: an example of power politics?. Antiquity.  ISSN 0003-598X.  86(333), s 808- 824

    Bill, Jan; Daly, Aoife; Johnsen, Øistein & Dalen, Knut Sigmund (2012). DendroCT – Dendrochronology without damage. Dendrochronologia.  ISSN 1125-7865.  30(3), s 223- 230 . doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2011.11.002

    Bill, Jan (2011). Sea Trade. The Development of Ships and Routes, In Martin Carver & Jan Klapste (ed.),  The Archaeology of Medieval Europe Vol. 2 Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries.  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 9788779342897.  Chapter 8, part 1.  s 328 - 337

    Larsen, Jan Henning; Bill, Jan; Rundberget, Bernt & Grandin, Lena (2011). Distinguishing iron production sites by chemical signature of bloomery slag in South-eastern Norway - the iron clench nails in the Gokstad ship - only local production or of various origin?. Metalla.  ISSN 0947-6229.  Sonderheft(4), s 183- 183

    Bill, Jan (2010). Towards an archaeology of transport. Some comments on: Traffic-related reflections on Norway´s prehistory and some remarks about Sweden (O. Grimm), In Babette Ludowici (ed.),  Trade and Communication Networks of the First Millennium AD in the northern part of Central Europe: Central Places, Beach Markets, Landing Places and Trading Centres.  Konrad Theiss Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-8062-2412-2.  5.4.  s 328 - 334

    Bill, Jan (2010). Viking Age ships and seafaring in the West, In Iben Skibsted Klæsøe (ed.),  Viking Trade and Settlement in Continental Western Europe.  Museum Tusculanums Forlag.  ISBN 978-87-635-0531-4.  2.  s 19 - 42

    Bill, Jan (2009). From Nordic to north European - Application of Multiple Correspondence Analysis in the Study of Changes in Danish Shipbuilding A.D. 900-1600, In Ronald Bockius (ed.),  Between the Seas. Transfer and Exchange in Nautical Technology. Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology, Mainz 2006. ISBSA 11.  Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums.  ISBN 9783884671429.  47.  s 429 - 438

    Bill, Jan (2009). Piracy and naval organisation in the Baltic Sea in the 9th century: some security considerations concerning Wulfstan's voyage, In Anton Englert & Athena Trakadas (ed.),  Wulfstan's Voyage. The Baltic Sea region in the early Viking Age as seen from shipboard.  Vikingeskibsmuseet.  ISBN 978-87-85180-56-8.  4.4.  s 343 - 353

    Bill, Jan (2009). Zwischen Kogge und Kraweel. Traditioneller Kleinschiffbau in Südskandinavien in einer Zeit der Wende, I:  Zwischen Tradition und Wandel. Archäologie des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts.  Verlag Dr. Faustus.  ISBN 978-3-933474-56-8.  kapitel.  s 251 - 260

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  • Jan Bill (Ph.D., born 1961) is Professor of Viking Age Archaeology and curator of the Viking Ship Collection at the Museum of Cultural History.


    He was 2003–7 at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde as head of research, exhibition and antiquarian work and senior researcher. Before that he was 10 years at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the National Museum of Denmark as a PhD student, researcher, senior researcher, research group director (1997–2003) and deputy director (1999–2000). 2001–7 he was part-time lecturer in maritime archaeology at the University of Aarhus. He has experience with teaching and supervising students on bachelor, master and Ph.D.-level and he currently is supervising two PhD-projects.

    Research interests

    His areas of research encompass a varied range of themes within Viking Age and medieval archaeology, notably seafaring, communication and the application of scientific methods in archaeology. He has published around 10 papers in scientific journals, 4 books and booklets, 15 chapters in books and 10 papers in conference proceedings. He is being used as referee in PhD exams, articles, grant and tenure applications and book reviews. He has presented papers at important conferences, including the Viking Congress (2002, 2006).


    He has directed a number of archaeological excavations and is now directing the major research project Gokstad revitalised (http://www.khm.uio.no/english/research/projects/gokstad/), plus the research groups SIGMA (on the combination of archaeological, osteological, isotopic and aDNA data on later Iron Age burials in Norway) and Iron Origins (on developing a provenancing method for iron).

    In 2009–10 he attended The Educational Programme for Research Leaders, University of Oslo. He figures regularily in media, and he is a member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat des Niedersächsischen Institut für historische Küstenforschung, the Advisory board of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Schwerpunktprogramme "Häfen von der Römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter", and a board member of Collegium Medievale.

Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert
  • Prof. Dr. Nikolas Jaspert

    Universität Heidelberg
    Zentrum für Europäische Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (ZEGK)
    Historisches Seminar
    Grabengasse 3-5
    D-69117 Heidelberg

    Tel.: ++49 (0)6221/54-2789

    E-Mail: nikolas.jaspert(at)zegk.uni-heidelberg.de


  • Geboren 1962 in Melbourne, Australien. Studium der Geschichte, Hispanistik, Kunstgeschichte und Anglistik in Berlin und Madrid. Promotion 1995 am Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin. Dort von 1995 bis 1998 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und Wissenschaftlicher Assistent. Von 1998 bis 2005 Akademischer /  Oberrat am Lehrstuhl für die Geschichte des Mittelalters der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Von 2005 bis 2013 Professor für die Geschichte des Mittelalters unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Späten Mittelalters an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Seit Oktober 2013 Professor für Mittelalterliche Geschichte an der Universität Heidelberg. Mitherausgeber der „Zeitschrift für Historische Forschung“ (seit 2009). Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Zeitschriften Anuario de Estudios Medievales (seit 2002), „Imago Temporis“, „Aragón en la Edad Media“ und „Medievalismo“ (seit 2008). Mitherausgeber der Reihen „Geschichte und Kultur der Iberischen Welt“, „Outremer“ und „Spätmittelalterstudien“. Seit 2008 Membre correspondent der Geisteswissenschaftlichen Sektion der Katalanischen Akademie für Wissenschaften (Institut d’Estudis Catalans), seit 2009 Mitglied des Konstanzer Arbeitskreises für Mittelalterliche Geschichte.

PD Mag. Dr. Sabine Ladstätter
  • PD Mag. Dr. Sabine Ladstätter

    Direktorin | Leiterin der Grabung Ephesos
    Österreichisches Archäologisches Institut
    Zentrale Wien
    Franz Klein-Gasse 1
    A-1190 Wien

    T: +43 1 4277 27110
    F: +43 1 4277 27190
    E: sabine.ladstaetternoSpam@oeai.at

Prof. Dr. Frans Theuws
  • Prof. Dr. Frans Theuws

    Faculteit Archeologie, Provincial Roman & Medieval Archaeology
    Universiteit Leiden
    Reuvensplaats 3-4
    2311 BE Leiden

    Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 1751

    E-Mail: franstheuws(at)gmail.com

  • Selected publications

    • Haas M.V. de & Theuws F.C.W.J. (2013), The Merovingian Cemetery of Posterholt-Achterste Voorst Merovingian Archaeology in the Low Countries no. 2. Bonn: Habelt Verlag Bonn.
    • (boek)
    • Theuws F.C.W.J. & Haperen M.C. van (2012), The Merovingian cemetery of Bergeijk-Fazantlaan. Bonn: Habelt Verlag Bonn.
    • Theuws F.C.W.J. (2012), River-based trade centres in early medieval northwestern Europe. Some ‘reactionary’ thoughts,. In: Gelichi S, Hodges R (Eds.) From one Sea to another. Trading Places in the European and Mediterranean Early Middle Ages. Proceedings of the International Conference Comacchio, 27th-29th March 2009. Turnhout: Brepols. 25-45.
    • Theuws F.C.W.J. (2009), Grave goods, ethnicity, and the rhetoric of burial rites in Late Antique Northern Gaul. In: Derks T, Roymans N (Eds.) Ethnic Constructs in Antiquity. The role of power and tradition. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 283-317.
    • Theuws F.C.W.J. (2008), Settlement research and the process of manorialization in Northern Austrasia. In: Gasparri S. (Ed.) 774: ipotesi su una transizione: atti del seminario di Poggibonsi, 16-18 febbraio 2006. Turnhout: Brepols. 199-220.
      ('non-refereed' congresbijdrage)
    • Theuws F.C.W.J. (2007), Where is the eighth century in the towns of the Meuse valley?. In: Henning J. (Ed.) Post-Roman Towns, Trade and Settlement in Europe and Byzantium, 1. The Heirs of the Roman West. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter. 153-164.
    • Theuws F.C.W.J. (2001), Maastricht as a centre of power in the early middle ages. In: de Jong Mayke, Theuws Frans (Eds.) Topographies of power in the early Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill. 155-216.



  • Professor Frans Theuws studied History and Provincial Roman Archaeology at the University of Nijmegen and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam (1983 cum laude). His PhD research dealt with the characteristics of early medieval society in the southern Netherlands and northern Belgium (1988 cum laude). As an initiator and a team leader he was involved in the organisation of the European Science Foundation project ‘The Transformation of the Roman world’. He has directed several projects financed by the National Science foundation on the archaeology of the Late Roman and Early medieval period of Northern Gaul. He directed excavations of medieval settlements in the southern Netherlands. Between 2003 and 2011 he was professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam.

    Frans Theuws is currently professor of medieval archaeology at the University of Leiden (as of January 1st 2012). His research will focus upon the complex networks and relations that connect the various regions of Europe and the Mediterranean (connectivity) in the Early Middle Ages. The movement of persons, objects, knowledge and ideas and the role of various agents (from peasants to kings) will be studied on the basis of evidence from cemeteries and settlements. To achieve this goal he will closely cooperate with the department of Near Eastern Archaeology and its medieval archaeologists. Current projects directed by him are the Saint-Servatius project, dealing with the archaeology of the early Christian complex in Maastricht and the Anastasis project which has as its goal the publication and analysis of unpublished Merovingian cemeteries in the Netherlands. As of 2012 a project will be started that has as its goal the study of Merovingian and Carolingian society in the north of the kingdom. Topics such as urbanisation, rural development, Christianisation and especially trade and exchange will be dealt with. Detailed research on these topics in the Netherlands, Belgium and the German Rhineland, in cooperation with institutions in each country, will be combined with more general research in Europe and the Mediterranean at large. Frans Theuws is also involved in the Udruh project in Jordan of the University of Leiden and the Al-Hussein Bin Talal University in Jordan which can be considered a Mediterranean counterweight to the project in the north.

Dr. Immo Trinks
  • Dr. Immo Trinks

    Head of Research & Development
    Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology
    Hohe Warte 38
    1190 Wien

    Tel.: +43 699 1520 6508

    E-Mail: immo.trinks(at)archpro.lbg.ac.at


  • Immo Trinks is key researcher of Propgramme Line 2 - Archaeological Geophysical Prospection.

    Since March 2005 Immo has been in charge of the setup and operation of a new geophysical archaeological prospection unit at the Department for Archaeological Excavations at the Swedish National Heritage Board. Immo obtained a PhD in exploration geophysics from Cambridge University in 2004 and has within the past 17 years worked with and for several internationally outstanding archaeological prospection teams (BLfD, Kiel University, ZAMG). He has considerable experience in high-resolution near-surface geophysical prospection, the latest technological developments, geophysical data processing and interpretation, advanced processing of laser scanner data, 3D data visualization, and scientific programming. Immo is familiar with both academic research projects and commercial applications (involving marketing and project management) at an international level.


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