A short update from Leiden

I’ve been in Leiden for¬†two months now and it’s rather enjoyable. The town is very nice and the same can be said about the university. It’s a university which put focus on archaeology as is evident from the fact that a whole faculty has been devoted to it. There is also a¬†department for osteology and funerary archaeology with several times more osteologists than in the whole of Norway, so, for me, this is¬†an excellent place to be. I’ve even gone slightly Dutch since I’ve been here. The last time I went Dutch was at Sandown Park.¬†I’m riding a bike to work and I’ve started to make sounds previously unfamiliar to me during conversations. The Dutch language is, indeed, an interesting one, and quite good fun to try¬†to learn.

With views like these along the way, the ride to work is quite pleasant.

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Over to something more serious and project related. I’ve got a slightly busy, and hopefully quite exciting,¬†week ahead of me. On Monday I’m going to Trondheim to attend the yearly¬†SAMKUL conference and seminar. ¬†There I will meet project leaders and participants in the¬†other SAMKUL funded projects and learn more about the¬†other research projects within this NRC program. My stay in Trondheim will, however,¬†be a rather short one and already the next day I’ll be leaving for Innsbruck where I will meet with the Walther Parson and Petra Kralj from the¬†GMI. This is something I’ve been waiting for for a long time and will be very important for the project. The rest of the week we will go through the results of the DNA¬†analyses and¬†I don’t really have any idea of what’s been found, so, needless to say, these are exciting times.

I have also had some time to look at the isotope data¬†and there is a good mixture of exciting and expected results. It is evident that the studied population was quite a mobile one, with people moving to and from the¬†area, and some moving away and later back again. I can’t go into too much detail as the interpretation of the data hasn’t finished and it will also have to be properly published before I can share every detail here on the blog. With regard to the further interpretation of the isotope data, I am pleased to announce that I will be cooperating with Val√©rie Daux at Universit√© de Versailles in France. I am very hopeful that this cooperation will be¬†a great asset for project and I’m looking forward to our first meeting in a couple of weeks’ time.

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3 Responses to “A short update from Leiden”

  1. Tarje Wanvik Says:

    Good luck in Innsbruck! Coffee when you are back??

  2. hif001 Says:

    Thanks! There’ll be plenty of opportunities for coffee in December. Looking forward to it.

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Immigration and mobility in mediaeval and post-mediaeval Norway
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen
E-mail: stian.hamre@ahkr.uib.no

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