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I am an archaeologist specialised in North European textiles and costumes. I received my Ph.D. in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. I also have a M.Phil. from Ancient Textile Unit, University of Manchester, UK.

In 2005 I started together with historian and director Marie-Louise Nosch and archaeologist, Associate professor Eva Andersson Strand the Danish National Research Foundation's Center for Textile Research (CTR) at the University of Copenhagen (DNRF64).

I have been analysing textiles for numerous museums in Denmark and abroad. My areas of research include Scandinavian and Roman textile and costume traditions, the use and production of prehistoric plant fibre materials, especially nettle and flax, and study of costume from iconographic sources.

I have also worked intensively with the development of metodes within textileresearch using colour technology and plant dyeing technology, fiber analysis and fiber identification, protein-, DNA-, pollen-, 14C- og strontium iostope analysis.

CURRENT RESEARCH

In  2010 I initiated the CTR Research Programme, Textile Crafts and Cultures, primarily located at The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. This research programme work in close collaboration with several researchers from the National Museum, and the SAXO-Institute, University of Copenhagen with the unique collections of textiles costumes from the Danish Bronze and Early Iron Ages.

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT

2010-present Senior Researcher and Research programme manager of Textile Crafts and Cultures at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, The National Museum of Denmark

2009-2010 Associate Professor and Research programme manager of Textile and Costume from Bronze and Early Iron Ages in Danish Collections at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, The SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen

2005-2009 Post doctoral and Research programme manager of Textile and Costume from Bronze and Early Iron Ages in Danish Collections at the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research, The SAXO Institute, University of Copenhagen

2000-2005 Ph.D. scholarship at the Department of Archaeology, University of Copenhagen. Work on dress in Scandinavian iconography of the 6-11th centuries AD. Funded by the Danish Research Council for the Humanities

1999-2000 Research assistant at the Department of Archaeology, University of Copenhagen, for the Mons Claudianus Textile Project. Analysis and publication of Roman costumes from Egypt. Funded by NOS-H

EDUCATION

2006 Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen. Dissertation called Billeder af dragt. En analyse af påklædte figurer fra yngre jernalder i Skandinavien

1998 Cand.mag. from the Department of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of Copenhagen in prehistoric archaeology

1995 M.phil. from the Ancient Textile Unit, University of Manchester

1992-1993 Postgraduate student at the Ancient Textile Unit, University of Manchester, England

1987-1992 BA student at the Department of Archaeology, University of Copenhagen

FURTHER ACADEMIC AND ADMINISTRATIVE QUALIFICATIONS

January 2001 Konservatorskolens efteruddannelseskursus in Fibre and fabric cross-sections, School of Conservation, Copenhagen

January 2001 Det Arkæologiske Nævns Efteruddannelsesseminar i Yngre Germansk Jernalder, Vikingetid og tidligste middelalder. Perioden ca. 600 til 1100 e.Kr., Museums Højskolen, Sorø

November 2001 Videnskabsteori, University of Copenhagen

December 2001 Pædagogisk Lynkursus, University of Copenhagen

May 2002 Almen Videnskabsteori, University of Copenhagen

December 2007 till March 2008 Research Management Course no. 7, Copenhagen Business School

RESEARCH PROJECTS

1991-2000 The Mons Claudianus Textile Project (KUA & NTNU)

1994-1995 Production of flax and nettle fibres (Archaeological Research Centre at Lejre)

Since 2005 Research projects on prehistoric textiles, costume and textile production in Danish Collections (CTR & NM)

2007-2012 Dress and Identity, spokesperson for Study Group 1 with Annemarie Stauffer, Cologne, Germany (EU Project)

2008-2015 The Vorbasse Textile Production Pilot Project (NM & KUA)

2009-2015 The Hammerum project (NM, KUA & Herning Museum)

2011-2016 The Lønne Hede Textile Projekt (NM, KUA & Museet for Varde og Omegn)

TEACHING

1997-2005 Participated regularly in the teaching at the School of Conservation, Copenhagen with lectures at BA level

1998 Håndarbejdets Fremmes Seminarium, Copenhagen

Since 1998 Regular lectures at Folkeuniversitetet in Copenhagen, Roskilde and Århus

1999-2005 Teaching at the Department of Archaeology, University of Copenhagen

2006 Kolding Design School, Denmark, MA course in History of Costume

Since 2006 lectures at the SAXO-Institute, University of Copenhagen

EDITORIAL WORK

Since 2006 Co-editor of CTR publications

2008 Website of the prehistoric section of the National Museum of Denmark

Since 2008 Co-editor of Archaeological Textiles Newsletter/Review

MEMBERSHIPS

Since 1998 Det Kongelige Nordisk Oldskriftselskab

Since 2005 The steering committee for the North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles (NESAT)

Since 2008 The editorial board of Archaeological Textiles Newsletter/Review

CONFERENCE & SEMINAR ORGANISATION

May 2000 Organiser of the international seminar Textiles from Roman Egypt, Department of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of Copenhagen

November 2001 Organiser of the seminar Billede og betydning, Department of Archaeology and Ethnology, University of Copenhagen

March 2003 Co-organiser of the international conference Ancient Textiles. Production, Crafts and Society, Lund and Copenhagen

January 2007 Responsible for the organisation of the International conference Textiles in Context, CTR, Copenhagen, Denmark

May 2008 Responsible for the organisation of 10th North European Symposium for Archaeological Textiles, Copenhagen, Denmark

Latest activities

  1. Archaeological Textiles Review (Journal)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditor of Research journalResearch

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Latest research outputs

  1. Published

    Wool textiles and archaeometry: testing reliability of archaeological wool fibre diameter measurements

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Vikingernes klædedragt

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

  3. Published

    Arkæologisk tekstilforskning: baggrund og ny viden

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearch

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