We will study one of the more prominent Olandic ancient remains, the ringforts. We will study the people and the societies utilizing the ringforts, and put them into their Scandinavian and European context. What was the economy enabling their construction? Why were they abandoned? Why were some re-utilized? Were the people who built them local to Oland? Was it the local people who re-utilized them? What economic conditions enabled re-utilization of them? Were conflicts the reason for abandonment? Were the conflicts internal or external?
We will provide information on how societies, during major climatic events and pandemics, have coped with conflicts and crises and how this has changed the societies in terms of economy, cultural expressions and religious beliefs. With high-resolution dates on the ringfort’s different utilization phases will we clarify their societal role, and see if crises are driving or retarding forces of societal development.
With leading expertise, up-to-date knowledge of the field, state-of-the-art methods we have a unique opportunity to study processes leading to societal crises and societal responses, caused by external factors; climate change, contagious diseases, and warfare — conditions not very different from the situation that many countries in the world face today in times of a warming climate, covid-19 and worldwide conflicts.
Fibula from Sandby Borg
Skills and qualifications
The programme brings together some of the leading archaeologists working in Sweden, who all have conducted research on fortifications and/or on ringforts or Iron Age Oland. All of them publish frequently in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals. All researchers in the programme also, individually, hold at least three specialist competences.
Lidén, Kerstin (Professor)
Eriksson, Gunilla (Docent)
Fallgren, Jan-Henrik (Docent)
Holmquist, Lena (Docent)
Isaksson, Sven (Docent)
- Prof. Anders Andrén (Dept. of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University)
- Dr Anna Bitner-Wroblewska (State Archaeological Museum, Warsaw)
- Dr Manuel Fernandez- G6tz (School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh)
- Dr Xenia Pauli Jensen (Moesgaard Museum/Aarhus University)
- Prof. Felix Riede (School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University)
- Christina Seehusen (Museum Nordsjzlland)
- Research leader Professor Kerstin Lidén
- Osteoarchaeologist Dr. Clara Alfsdotter
- Archaeozoologist, professor Laszl6 Bartosiewicz
- Stable isotope specialist and archaeologist,
- Associate Professor Gunilla Eriksson
- Archaeologist, Associate Professor Jan-Henrik Fallgren
- Archaeologist and conservator, Associate Professor Lena Holmquist
- Archaeochemist and archaeologist, Associate Professor Sven Isaksson
- Archaeologist, Associate Professor Sven Kalmring
- Osteologist, Associate Professor Anna Kjellstrém
- Archaeobotanist, Associate Professor Matti Leino
- Archaeologist, Dr Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay
- Archaeologist, Dr Helena Victor