Alexandra Sanmark

Alexandra Sanmark is an archaeologist and historian with a strong research interest in Iron Age Scandinavia, in particular the Viking Age and the Viking Expansion in the west. Since her PhD she has been fascinated by Viking Age religion and the Christianisation of Northwest Europe, and her interests also include assembly places and political practice. She is the author of Viking Law and Order. Places and Rituals of Assembly in the Medieval North (Edinburgh University Press, 2017). For more information about Alexandra, click here.

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The Vasa Ship in Stockholm is a major find due to the development of diving techniques in marine archaeology. Today, it is considered the most preserved ship from the 17th century. Photo: Georg Dembowski, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

2020.07.21 | Article, Alexandra Sanmark, Research

The field of archaeology in the Nordics

Prominent Nordic archaeologists have included C J Thomsen, who proposed the first the chronological classification of artefacts, and Lennart von Post, who pioneered useful dating methods. Archaeology as a discipline in the Nordics has changed dramatically over time, from traditional archaeology in 19th century, to more emphasis on scientific…