Prof Dr Berit Valentin Eriksen

Archaeologist, head of research

 

 

 

Curriculum vitae:
Born 1960 in Horsens, Denmark
   

Academic qualifications:

2011 Transfer of habilitation to the University of Kiel. Venia legendi in Prehistory (Ur- und Frühgeschichte)
2010 Habilitation at the University of Tübingen. Thesis: "Transitions and Transformations. From late Pleistocene reindeer hunters to Bronze Age flint knappers"
1989 Ph.D. degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from the University of Aarhus. Thesis: "Change and Continuity in a Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Society"
1986 - 1989 Doctoral studies at the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Aarhus (scholarship awarded by Aarhus University Research Foundation)
1984 - 1985 Doctoral studies at the Institut für Urgeschichte, University of Tübingen (scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service/ DAAD)
1984 Masters degree in Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Aarhus

Academic career:

2014 Professor II, University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion (part time professorship)
2009 -          Head of research, "Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie" (ZBSA) in the "Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen Schloss Gottorf".
2007 - 2008 Fixed-term lecturer in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology, University of Aarhus, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology
2004 - 2007 Senior research fellow at Moesgaard Museum (Danish Research Council for the Humanities)
2002 - 2004 Project officer at Moesgaard Museum (Motorvejsprojektet)
1997 - 2002 Associate professor in Palaeolithic and Mesolithic archaeology, University of Aarhus, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology
Research fellow at Ferskvandsmuseet (University of Aarhus Research Foundation; Danish Lake District Eco-museum), and at Museet for Thy og Vester Han herred (Dronning Margrethe II's arkæologiske fond; Beckett-Fonden; Elisabeth Munksgaards Fond)
1997 Managing editor of "Nordic Archaeological Abstracts"
1996 Research fellow at Museet for Thy og Vester Han herred
Research travels
in Germany (Christian og Ottilia Brorsons Rejselegat for yngre videnskabsmænd og -kvinder; Ingeniør Svend G. Fiedler og hustrus legat til fremme af botanisk og arkæologisk forskning; Julie von Müllens Fond)
1992 - 1995 Assistant professor, University of Aarhus, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology (Danish Research Council for the Humanities)
1990 - 1992 Alexander von Humboldt research fellow, University of Tübingen, Institut für Urgeschichte (Alexander von Humboldt Research Foundation)
Honorary offices:
2009 -          

President of the UISPP Commission for "The Final Palaeolithic of Northern Eurasia / Le Paléolithique Final de l'Eurasie du Nord"

1998 - 2009 Founding member and secretary of the UISPP Commission XXXII: "Final Palaeolithic of the Great European Plain / Paléolithique final de la Grande Plaine européenne"
1999 - 2003 Founding member and secretary of the Danish Alexander von Humboldt Club
1992 - 2003 Founding member and secretary of the INQUA working group on "The Archaeology of the Pleistocene-Holocene Transition"; 1999-2003 also secretary of the INQUA Commission on "Human Evolution and Paleoecology"
   
Major research grants:
2004-2007 The Danish Research Council for the Humanities kindly financed the project: "Produktionsstrategier i bronzealderens flinthåndværk - fra mesterlære til klamp-huggeri i en teknologisk brydningstid" (Production strategies in Bronze Age flint-working - the decline and fall of a master craft). Grant no. 25-03-0520.
1992-1995 The Danish Research Council for the Humanities kindly financed the project: "Kulturgeografiske variationsmønstre blandt senglaciale og tidligt postglaciale jæger-samler samfund i Mellem- og Nordeuropa" (Patterns of ethnogeographic variability in late Pleistocene and early Holocene Central and North Europe). Grant no. 15-8654.
1990-1992 The German Alexander von Humboldt Research Foundation kindly financed the project: "Räumliche Variabilität der urgeschichtlichen Jäger- und Sammlergemein-schaften im spätglazialen und frühpostglazialen Mittel- und Nordeuropa". Grant no. IV 1 701-2.
   
Minor research projects, travel or publication grants:
My Doctoral studies was partly financed through grants from the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, and by the Aarhus University Research Foundation. My Post Doctoral research has been supported by a variety of Danish grants, some of which have been awarded on more than one occasion. The following list is not entirely complete: Beckett-Fonden; Carlsen-Langes Legatstiftelse; Christian og Ottilia Brorsons Rejselegat; Statens Humanistiske Forskningsråd/Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation; Dronning Margrethe II's arkæologiske fond; Elisabeth Munksgaards Fond; Erik Westerbys Legat; Fabrikant Laurits Petersen og Hustru Annina Helene Petersens Legat; Hielmstierne-Rosencroneske Stiftelse; Ingeniør Svend G. Fiedler og hustrus legat; Julie von Müllens Fond; Landsdommer V. Gieses Legat; Aarhus Universitets Forskningsfond.
   

Various other activities:

Since 1985 regular participation in, as well as organization, chairing and presentation of papers at various international conferences and meetings. The proceedings of the symposiums organized have for the major part been published as edited volumes (Straus et al. 1996; Eriksen & Straus 1998; Eriksen & Bratlund 2002; Fisher & Eriksen 2002; Terberger & Eriksen 2004; Eriksen 2010). Since 1986 various teaching assignments (lectures, seminars, etc.) at the universities of Aarhus, Kiel and Tübingen. In addition guest lecturer at the universities of Aarhus, Cambridge, Copenhagen, Ferrara, Jena, Southampton, Tomar and Tübingen. External examiner at the University of Oslo.

From 2005 to 2007 academic host of PD Dr. Miriam N. Haidle who received a Feodor Lynen Scholarship to do research at the University of Aarhus. In 2010 academic host of Professor T. Douglas Price who received an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award to do research at the "Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology".

Ad hoc peer reviews of research applications for Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and the Autonome Provinz Bozen - Südtirol, Bildungs-förderung, Universität und Forschung. Ad hoc peer review of manuscripts for example for The McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Current Anthropology, Elsevier Science (BSB), Journal of Archaeological Science, Journal of World Prehistory, KUML, and Norwegian Archaeological Review. Member of the editorial board of "Quartär" - International Yearbook for Ice Age and Stone Age Research (http://www.quartaer.eu/)

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