Knut Andreas Bergsvik

Knut Andreas

Professor Knut Andreas Bergsvik

My main academic interests deal with economic, social and ideological and aspects of prehistoric societies and my research are presently concentrated on two different themes: (1) subsistence-settlement patterns among coastal hunter-fishers and (2) the human use of caves and rockshelters. My work on these themes is mainly based on own archaeological fieldwork at several sites in western Norway and also on extensive cross-disciplinary cooperation with botanists, geologists, and osteologists. I have particularly been engaged in discussing the development of sedentary settlement patterns during the late Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in western Norway, the implications of these patterns for the development of territorial units, and the introduction of agriculture. Caves and rockshelters are studied in a long-term perspective, and within a broad geographical frame. Their special character as “natural places” and their good preservation conditions for organic material allow for in-depth, multi-disciplinary studies of ritual life as well as subsistence and social relations. During the last few years I have used archaeological data from rockshelters in Norway for discussions on Mesolithic bone technology and subsistence changes, as well as on the significance of caves and rockshelters in the in the Iron Age and Middle Age societies.


University Museum of Bergen

University of Bergen, Norway

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