Project members

Jessica Andersson

After completing a master’s degree in archeology at the University of Gothenburg in spring 2011, Jessica worked with archaeology at Gunnebo House and the National Heritage Board (UV West). She wrote her master’s thesis on Archaeological remains and historical records in upper-class environments, creating a historical archaeological survey of the site of Gunnebo Castle’s 18th century orangery. Jessica has a special interest in interpretative differences between archaeological and historical source material used for comparative studies on the early modern period.

As part of the project Jessica will compile archaeological records from Swedish cities with a focus on Linkoping.

Imelda Bakunic

Archaeologist Imelda Bakunic completed her Master´s degree in archaeology, at the University of Gothenburg in spring 2010. Her Master’s essay deals with the Late Neolithic Settlement patterns, in Bohuslän (the westcoast of Sweden) – involving social practices, GIS & predictions. She also has a background within culture science with a focus on history of ideas.

Imelda holds a position at the University of Gothenburg as the artifacts manager, working with finds from seminar excavations – processing artefacts and distributing them to museums in Sweden. She also has experience working on excavations at Gunnebo Slott, a historic site near Gothenburg.

Within the project she is working part-time and is responsible for working with four swedish cities (Alingsås, Landskrona, Gävle, Halmstad). Her focus lies on the discussion of small towns, digital work-possibilities and difficulties within archaeology.

Malou Blank

Archaeologist Malou Blank completed her Masters of Arts in archaeology at the University of Gothenburg in spring 2006. She is currently finishing a Master’s program in Archaeological Practice and Theory. Malou has a part-time position at the University of Gothenburg working with finds from seminar excavations, processing artifacts and writing reports. She has also studied Social Anthropology with a focus on Southeast Asia. Malou has experience from working on excavations at historic sites as Lödöse and Gunnebo Slott.

Within the project she is collecting material from the following Swedish cities: Alingsås, Landskrona, Gävle, Halmstad, Borås, Norrköping. She is also georeferencing maps and helping to create the Intrasis database.

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Lars Ersgård

Lars is an associate professor in medieval archaeology (historical archaeology) having studied at Lund University. His doctoral thesis focused on medieval trade and urbanization based on archaeological investigations in the two medieval marketplaces Skanör and Falsterbo in the southwest of Scania. He has worked as lecturer, researcher and scientific coordinator at the Archaeological institute of Lund, Gotland University and the Swedish National Heritage Board. Besides urbanization his research interests are landscape archaeology and the transition from paganism to Christianity. Within the project Lars works halftime. Above all he will study cultural changes at the transition from the medieval town to the early modern town.

At present he is finishing an outline of research concerning the archaeology of the early modern town in Sweden. In addition to the project Lars is taking part in a research project at the Swedish National Heritage Board concerning the crisis of the Late Medieval society.

Björn Johansson

Björn Johansson, a student in the masters program “Archaeological practice and theory” at the University of Gothenburg, participates in this project by compiling the archaeological excavation material from the Swedish towns of Nyköping and Västerås.

Andrine Nilsen

Andrine is employed as a full time coordinator and assistant researcher within the project. Her duties are to coordinate and distribute tasks and also to inform what is going on within the project and also to keep in touch with our network. She works with inputing information on early modern towns into the database, writing articles and is soon to start on a thesis about wood as an archaeological material in medieval and early modern towns. Andrine is involved in developing new ideas for upcoming projects connected to the early modern town project. She is also responsible for updating the website with the latest activities and publications of the project members.

Andrines Masters essay was a comparative study of wooden buildings in 26 medieval towns. Earlier she worked at Lödöse Museum with medieval finds and in the field. Then was employed at Bohusläns Museum as a field archaeologist.

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Johan Normark

Researcher specializing in the Maya area of southern Mexico, and social theory. Johan has worked at dozens of facilities in Belize, Guatemala and Mexico since 1997. Johan gained his Doctorate in December 2006 with a dissertation on road embankments in the two pre-Hispanic Mayan cities (Ichmul and Yo’okop). After a two year postdoc at Stockholm University, funded by the Medical Research Council, Johan is now back in Gothenburg and to finish his first postdoc project around the caves, buildings and climate change in southern Mexico, with additional funding by SIDA. He has also launched a new Governor-funded project on water as an archaeological object. This project has a global perspective. In addition to this, Johan has a small project, the ‘2012 phenomenon orbiting the New Age speculation about the Maya calendar system. For more information about his research and my publications, see my blog Archaeological Haecceities

Within this project, Johan will be actively working from 2013. His contribution concerns the early colonial presence in what became the border between the Spanish Empire and the “uninhabited” (despoblado) part. Larger premises Ichmul, Xquerol, Sacalaca, Saban and Huay Maax will be compared to smaller rooms where single chapels and ranches were. Special focus will be on the restructuring of the buildings which above all Franciscan pushed through.

Rich Potter

Rich works with computers in archaeology. He graduated from Southampton University with a BA in Archaeology and is part way through an MSc in Interaction Design.Rich is interested in 3D Reconstruction, Database and Web development and working with interaction and digital recording techniques. His role in the project is currently development of the website, and converting the Intrasis database into a PHP/MySQL deployment. Later in the project he will be working with 3D reconstructions and experimenting with digital recording techniques.

Teobaldo Ramirez Barbosa

Teo studied archaeology at the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City (ENAH). He later worked as an archaeologist in Chiapas and at the Center of Maya Studies (Centro de Estudios Mayas) in Mexico City. His studies in Sweden in archaeology began with a magister in 2003. In 2009 he recieved a bachelor degree in social anthropology at Global Studies and in 2010 a masters in archaeology at the University of Gothenburg. He has always focused on the indigenous cultures of Mexico like the Mayas and Huichols, of which he has written about. At the moment Teo is working with a doctorate in historical archaeology with the issue of colonial churches in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico under the Spanish contact period, mid-fifteenth century to the late sixteenth century.

Christina Rosén

Christina received her doctorate in Medieval Archaeology in Lund, 2004 with a thesis on cultural differences between urban and rural areas in Halland in the medieval and early modern period. Currently, Christina is employeed by RAÄ UV West, she previously worked at Halland county museum and the University of Halmstad. She has long worked on issues of modernity and material culture, both from an overall historical landscape perspective and from a micro perspective of the household, often with an interdisciplinary perspective where even historical source material is used in the discussion. Particular focus has been on the role of ceramics as a marker of social status and questions about the landless settlements materiality. In the project, she will be examining the smallest urban urbanity and how this manifests in the material culture.

Bengt Westergaard

Bengt Westergaard, archaeologist, antiquarian and systems manager at the National Heritage Board for nearly 20 years. He works primarily with digital field records of all kinds, and to some extent with archaeological exploration methods. He has also participated in international projects in both South America and Cuba, as in Sicily (SSAP = Scandinavian Sicilian Archaeological Project 1998-2004). In the project “Early Modern cities”, he is responsible for building the database to accommodate virtually all the information needed by the selected early modern cities. And make the information searchable.