About the project
In 2014 the Swedish History Museum (SHM) and the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University received funding from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences to make the archaeological site of the Alvastra pile dwelling digitally accessible to the scientific community.
This was a so-called infrastructure project entitled Alvastra Pile Dwelling – an archaeological resource (IN14-0811:1). The project was based at the Swedish History Museum within the Unit for Research which belongs to the Department of Collections. The archaeological assemblages from the site have been registered in the database of the museum. Other documentary material from the excavations at the site has been made available for study on a digital platform. The project began in May 2015 was completed at the end of 2019.
The project had a small team of members who worked periodically more or less full time on the project.
|Gregory Hayden Strand Tanner||2015-2018||Worked on the lithic assemblages from Mats P. Malmer’s excavations, planning of project work, communication of project work|
|Nathalie Hinders (née Dimc)||2015-2019||Worked on the ceramic and bone/ antler/tooth/tusk assemblages from Mats P. Malmer’s excavations, planning of project work, communication of project work|
|Sandra Söderlind||2017-2018||Worked on the lithic and the bone/antler/tooth/tusk assemblages from Mats P. Malmer’s excavations, planning of project work, communication of project work|
|Jackie Taffinder||2015-2019||Project manager|
A reference group met around twice a year during a large part of the project period. Matters of principal interest in connection with the project were discussed.
|Hans Browall||Specialist Alvastra pile dwelling|
|Anders Carlsson||Department of archaeology and classical studies, University of Stockholm|
|Kerstin Lidén||Archaeological Research Laboratory, University of Stockholm|
|Fredrik Svanberg, Elisabet Regner, Christina Fredengren||Head of research, SHM|
The project has been managed and supported by three different research directors during its life. Fredrik Svanberg submitted the original research proposal. Elisabet Regner and Christina Fredengren succeeded Fredrik in this post, showing interest in the project and lending us support in various ways.
Other members of the National Historical Museums have assisted us in many different ways. Here I would especially like to acknowledge the work of Eva Vedin in constructing this research platform.
|Azam Tehrani||Curator||Database registration 2019|
|Ebba Drugge (née Landfeldt)*||Curator||Osteological assemblage from Frödin’s excavation|
|Elin Fornander||Senior curator||GIS questions, field drawings, digital platform|
|Elin Larsson||Economy controller||Economy|
|Erik Lernstål||Photographer||Photography coordination|
|Eva Vedin||Systems manager||Database and digital platform, GIS questions|
|Helen Persson*||Senior curator||Textile fragments|
|Hilde Skogstad*||Conservator||Excavation of peat block|
|Jennie Arvidsson||Conservator||Conservation issues|
|Johnny Karlsson||Senior curator||Supervision interns working on osteological collections|
|Julie Melin||Collections systems manager||Database|
|Karin Nilsson||Head of communications and digitalisation||Questions of digital platform|
|Katarina Nimmervoll||Photography curator||Photographic archives|
|Kent Andersson||Head of collections||Personnel|
|Leena Drenzel*||Senior curator||Supervision interns working on osteological collections|
|Emma Björkqvist Wallman||Registrator||Photographic archives|
|Clara Carlsson||Web editor||Digital platform|
* No longer work at the museums
A number of interns from the University of Stockholm have worked on the digital registration of material from Otto Frödin’s excavations. The interns who worked on the archaeological assemblage have used Hans Browall’s find catalogue from chapter 5 of the CD that accompanies the 2011 publication.
|David de Lorenzi||Stockholm University||10-week internship 2017||Archaeological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Emelie Westerlind||Stockholm University||10-week internship, 2018||Osteological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Emil Åkesson||Stockholm University||10-week internship, 2018||Osteological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Erik Andersson||Stockholm University||10-week internship 2019||Archaeological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Jenna Kahru||Stockholm University||8-week internship, 2016||Osteological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Jessica Lindqvist||Stockholm University||10-week internship, 2016||Archaeological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Karolina Eriksson||Stockholm University||10-week internship, 2018||Osteological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Linda Sundström||Stockholm University||10-week internship, 2018||Osteological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
|Sabina Wahlstedt||Stockholm University||10-week internship, 2018||Osteological assemblage from Otto Frödin’s excavations|
The following have also made contributions to the project:
Apart from his participation in the reference group, Hans Browall has assisted us in many different ways, answering questions about both excavation campaigns and their documentation.
Anders Carlsson has also answered our many questions concerning Mats P. Malmer’s excavations and directed many interns from Stockholm University to us.
Johan Hinders, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Library, Stockholm. Data mining, mainly regarding the database from Otto Frödin’s excavations
Daniel Löwenborg and his collaborators at Disr productions, Uppsala, created the GIS applications.
Carolina Gustafsson and her team at the Kiruna Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Property have scanned photographs, field drawings and the large number of pile photographs resulting from Mats P. Malmer’s excavations.
Magnus Stibéus och Fredrik Molin of the Archaeologists helped us in our hunt for Otto Frödin’s fix point at the site of Alvastra pile dwelling.
Susanna Allesson-Nyberg, curator at the unit for collections, Maritime Museum, has answered questions about the de-accessioning of the piles.
Sebastian Wärmländer documented the textile fragments with the help of a Scanning Electron Microscope.
Christina Lindgren at the Cultural Heritage Foundation (KM) has been creative and very generous regarding the sharing of personel resources towards the end of the project. We also gained valuable first-hand experience of the mire at Dagsmosse via Fredrik Hallgren’s and Britta Kihlstedt’s KM excavations from another period and in another part of the mire in the spring of 2017.
At various times we have discussed the project and received advice and feedback from the following academics: Anders Andrén, Jonas Bergman, Errett Callahan, Fredrik Hallgren, Jens Heimdahl, Anders Högberg, Britta Kihlstedt, Åsa M. Larsson, Jonathan Lindström, Deborah Olausson, Jan Risberg, Ole Stilborg,Jan Storå and Ulf Strucke. We have presented the project for the Stone Age network of the Archaeologists at the National Historical Museums and the Swedish national conference of Stone Age archaeologists, receiving valuable comments, insight and support from all concerned.