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Nils Anfinset

Professor, archaeology
  • E-mailNils.Anfinset@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 29 08
  • Visitor Address
    Haakon Sheteligespl. 10
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7800
    5007 BERGEN

 

  • Neolithic - Late Neolithic, Chalcolithic and early Bronze Age in the Near East
  • Metallurgy, in particular copper, mining, smelting, casting
  • Late Neolithic and Bronze Age in Skandinavia
  • Pastoral nomads and nomadism
  • Development of political economy and complex socieites
  • Research ethics

 

 

Research ethics for masterstudents, course given at AHKR, UiB

ARK 301

ARK 201

ARK 102

ARK103

Books
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Anfinset, Nils. 2016. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade Between Orient and Occident: Proceedings of the Conference Held in Athens, December 1-3, 2012. Archaeopress. 192 pages. ISBN: 9781784912802.
  • Anfinset, Nils; Wrigglesworth, Melanie. 2012. Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern Europe. Equinox Publishing. 250 pages. ISBN: 9781845537425.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2011. Social and technological aspects of mining, smelting and casting copper. An ethnoarchaeological study from Nepal. 136 pages. ISBN: 978-3-937203-55-3.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2008. Metal, Nomads and Culture Contact: The Middle East and North Africa. Equinox Publishing. 288 pages. ISBN: 9781845532536.
  • Oestigaard, Terje; Anfinset, Nils; Saetersdal, Tore. 2004. Combining the Past and the Present: Archaeological perspectives on society. Archaeopress. ISBN: 1841715735.
  • Østigård, Terje; Anfinset, Nils; Saetersdal, Tore. 2004. Combining the Past and the Present: Archaeological perspectives on society. 216 pages. ISBN: 1-84171-573-5.
Journal articles
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2017. Etnoarkeologi, eksperimentell arkeologi og taus kunnskap. Riss: Et arkeologisk tidsskrift. 4-11.
  • Anfinset, Nils; Bergsvik, Knut Andreas; Dommasnes, Liv Helga; Hansen, Gitte; Hommedal, Alf Tore. 2017. Svart natt på Universitetsmuseet. Årbok for Universitetsmuseet i Bergen. 7-16.
  • Bergsvik, Knut Andreas; Hansen, Gitte; Anfinset, Nils; Dommasnes, Liv Helga; Hommedal, Alf Tore. 2017. Ingen pengesum vil kunne erstatte det tapte. Bergens Tidende. Published 2017-08-26.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2012. Bronsealdersverdet fra Rimsvarden: Fortid møter nåtid. Riss: Et arkeologisk tidsskrift. 2. 4-11.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2012. Book review: El Kharafish. The archaeology of Sheikh Muftah Patoral Nomads in the desert around Dakhla Oasis (Egypt). By H. Reimer, Africa Praehistorica 25. Heinrich Barth-Institut, Köln, 2011. Journal of African Archaeology. 10: 125-127. doi: 10.3213/2191-5784-10209
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2010. Forskningsetiske utfordringer i arkeologien. RISS : magasin for studentar og tilsette ved Institutt for nordistikk og litteraturvitskap, Universitetet i Trondheim. 1. 13-20.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2010. Fra tidlige jordbrukere til pastoralnomader. RISS : magasin for studentar og tilsette ved Institutt for nordistikk og litteraturvitskap, Universitetet i Trondheim. 8: 4-12.
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Anfinset, Nils. 2010. The Hinterland of Palmyra. Antiquity. 84.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2009. The ethics of ethics, or same but different? Comments to Gabriel Moshenska. Norwegian Archaeological Review. 42: 177-180.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2005. Bosetninger på Vestbredden i fortid og nåtid. Babylon - Nordisk tidsskrift for Midtøstenstudier. 3: 106-115.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2004. En arkeologisk utgravning i Jeriko på Vestbredden. RISS : magasin for studentar og tilsette ved Institutt for nordistikk og litteraturvitskap, Universitetet i Trondheim. 2. 11-19.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2004. Preliminary Report on the First Excavation of the Palestinian - Norwegian Excavation at Tell el-Mafjar, 2002, Jericho. Orient Express. Notes et Nouvelles d'Archèologie Orientale. 2: 40-44.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2003. Museumsdirektør uten museer. Museumsnytt. 52: 12-13.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2003. A Passion for Cultural Difference. Ethnicithy and Archaeology in the Southern Levant. Norwegian Archaeological Review. 36: 45-63.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2003. Irak - Hva skjer? Museumsnytt. 52. 1 pages.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2003. Er Unesco partisk? Museumsnytt. 52: 6-8.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2003. Bosettere i dilemma. Klassekampen. Published 2003-07-07.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2000. Teknologi og Etnoarkeologi. Viking. 19-30.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2000. Demokrati og kulturminnevern og arkeologi i den 3. verden. Kommentarer til Atle Omland. Primitive tider. 3: 158-161.
Reports and theses
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2009. Palmyrena. Palmyra and the surrounding territory. Joint Syrian-Norwegian Project surface survey north of Palmyra April and May 2009. Preliminary Report. Prehistoric Periods. 146 pages.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2005. Report to the UNESCO on the International training Workshop "Tell es- Sultan in the context of the Jordan Valeey: site management, conservation ans sustainable development. 100 pages.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2005. Secondary Products, Pastoral Nomads and the Introduction of Metal: The 5th and 4th Millenia BC in the Southern Levant and Nort-East Africa. 401 pages.
Book sections
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2017. Craft and materials in the Bronze Age. 8, pages 95-96. In:
    • Bergerbrant, Sophie; Wessman, Anna. 2017. New Pespectives on the Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015. Archaeopress. 450 pages. ISBN: 9781784915988.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2017. Craft and resources - western Norway in the Late Neolithic and the Early Bronze Age. 13, pages 153-167. In:
    • Bergerbrant, Sophie; Wessman, Anna. 2017. New Pespectives on the Bronze Age. Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015. Archaeopress. 450 pages. ISBN: 9781784915988.
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Anfinset, Nils; Schou, Torbjørn Preus. 2016. Palmyrena. The Northern Hinterland of Palmyra (Homs). 81, pages 355-358. In:
    • Kanjou, Youssef; Tsuneki, Akira. 2016. A History of Syria in One Hundred Sites. Archaeopress. 452 pages. ISBN: 9781784913816.
  • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Anfinset, Nils. 2016. Palmyrena. Introduction. Introduction, pages iii-v. In:
    • Meyer, Jørgen Christian; Seland, Eivind Heldaas; Anfinset, Nils. 2016. Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade Between Orient and Occident: Proceedings of the Conference Held in Athens, December 1-3, 2012. Archaeopress. 192 pages. ISBN: 9781784912802.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2015. Metal, Institutions and Economic Structures in Southern Norway during the Early Bronze Age. Part 4, pages 145-153. In:
    • Suchowska-Ducke, Paulina; Scott Reiter, Samantha; Vandkilde, Helle. 2015. Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe Report from a Marie Curie Project 2009-2012 with Concluding Conference at Aarhus University, Moesgaard 2012: Volume 2. 269 pages. ISBN: 9781407314402.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2015. Documenting copper Mining and Smelting Technology. 26, pages 223-232. In:
    • Srinivasan, Sharada; Ranganathan, Srinivasa; Giumlia-Mair, Alessandra. 2015. Metals and Civilizations. Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys (BUMA VII). 269 pages. ISBN: 978-93-83566-11-2.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2012. Social response or resistance to the introduction of metal? Western Norway at the edge of the "globalized world". 13, pages 232-250. In:
    • Anfinset, Nils; Wrigglesworth, Melanie. 2012. Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern Europe. Equinox Publishing. 250 pages. ISBN: 9781845537425.
  • Anfinset, Nils; Wrigglesworth, Melanie. 2012. Introduction: local societies, regions and processes of cultural interaction in the Bronze Age. 1, pages 1-9. In:
    • Anfinset, Nils; Wrigglesworth, Melanie. 2012. Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern Europe. Equinox Publishing. 250 pages. ISBN: 9781845537425.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2011. Formation of Economic systems and social institutions during the fifth and fourth millennia BC in the southern Levant. 12, pages 145-157. In:
    • Wilkinson, Toby C.; Sherratt, Susan; Bennet, John. 2011. Interweaving worlds. Systemic interactions in Eurasia, 7th to 1st Millennia BC. Oxbow Books. 320 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84217-998-7.
  • Anfinset, Nils; Taha, H.; al-Zawahra, M.; Yasine, J. 2011. Societies in Transition: Contextualizing Tell el-Mafjar, Jericho. 8, pages 97-113. In:
    • Lovell, Jaimie L.; Rowan, Yorke M. 2011. Culture, Chronology and the Chalcolithic. Theory and Transition. Oxbow Books. 214 pages. ISBN: 978-1-84217-993-2.
  • Goldenberg, Gert; Anfinset, Nils; Silvestri, Elena; Belgrado, Enrico; Hanning, Erica; Klaunzer, Michael; Schneider, Philipp; Staudt, Markus; Töchterle, Ulrike. 2011. Das Nepal-Experiment - experimentelle Archäometallurgie mit ethnoarchäologischem Ansatz. Session I, pages 83-90. In:
    • Oeggl, Klaus; Goldenberg, Gert; Stöllner, Thomas; Prast, Mario. 2011. Die Geschite des Bergbaus inTirol und seinen angrenzenden Gebieten. Proceedings zum 5. Milestone-Meeting des SFB-HiMAT vom 7.-10.10.2010 in Mühlbach. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-3-902811-13-4.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2009. From village to city? Nils Anfinset, pages 48-53. In:
    • Manger, Leif Ole; Labianca, Øystein. 2009. Global moments in the Levant. 347 pages. ISBN: 978-82-7453-073-7.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2009. To eat or not to eat: the social and economic role of the pig in western Asia during prehistory. Kap. 2, pages 37-55. In:
    • Naguib, Nefissa. 2009. Food and Foodways in the Middle East. 190 pages. ISBN: 82-7453-045-4.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2008. Towards specialised food production - a look at Jebel Bishri. 1, pages 1-13. In:
    • Lönnqvist, Minna. 2008. Jebel Bishri in Context: Introduction to the Archaeological Studies and the Neighbourhood of Jebel Bishri in Central Syria, Proceedings of a Nordic Research Training Seminar in Syria, May 2004. Archaeopress. 130 pages. ISBN: 9781407303031.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2006. Midtfeltet på Hunn: impulser og kulturkontakt? Artikkel, pages 27-41. In:
    • Barndon, Randi; Innselset, Sonja Marie; Kristoffersen, Kari Klæboe; Lødøen, Trond. 2006. Samfunn, symboler og identitet - Festskrift til Gro Mandt på 70-årsdagen. 576 pages. ISBN: 82-90273-81-9.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2006. Aspects of Excavation, Cooperation and Management; The Joint Palestinian-Norwegian Excavation at Tell el-Mafjar, Jericho. -, pages 61-82. In:
    • Nigro, L.; Taha, H. 2006. Tell es-Sultan / Jericho in the context of the Jordan Valley. Site Management, Conservation and Sustainable Development. ROSAPAT ”La Sapienza” Expedition to Palestine & Jordan, Roma. 288 pages.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2004. Metallurgy and pastoral nomads in the Chalcolithic of the Southern Levant. Metallurgy and pastoral nomads in the Chalcolithic of the Southern Levant, pages 61-73. In:
    • Østigård, Terje; Anfinset, Nils; Saetersdal, Tore. 2004. Combining the Past and the Present: Archaeological perspectives on society. 216 pages. ISBN: 1-84171-573-5.
  • Anfinset, Nils; Melheim, Anne Lene. 2002. En begravet støpeplass fra bronsealderen. 49-58. In:
    • [Mangler etternavn], [Mangler fornavn]. 2002. Åbygge. ISBN: 82-92271-02-3.
  • Anfinset, Nils. 2000. Environmental Impact of Copper Mining and Smelting - Past and Present: A Case study from Okharbot Village Myagdi District. 291-305. In:
    • Chetri, R.B; Gurung, O.P. 2000. Anthropology and Sociology of Nepal: Cultures, Societies, Ecology and Development.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

In press:

In press Crafts and resources - Western Norway in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, proceedings from the 13th Nordic Bronze Age symposium, Gothenburg.

In press Ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology and tacit knowledge, in Riss. Et arkeologisk tidsskrift. Universitetet i Bergen.

In press Settlement pattern in Jericho during prehistory, in Portal science for archaeology - approaches from the Mediterranean, ed. T. E. Levy. Equinox Publishing Ltd.In press Crafts and resources - Western Norway in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, proceedings from the 13th Nordic Bronze Age symposium, Gothenburg.In press Etnoarkeologi, eksperimentell arkeologi og taus kunnskap, i Riss. Et arkeologisk tidsskrift. Universitetet i Bergen.

 

Books/monographs:

2011 Social and technological aspects of mining, smelting and casting copper. An ethnoarchaeological study from Nepal. Der Anschnitt. Deutschen Bergbau-Museum Bochum.

2010 Anfinset, N. Metal, Nomads and Culture Contact, Equinox Publishing Ltd., London.

 

Edited books/anthologies

2016 Meyer, J. C., Heldaas Seland, E. & N. Anfinset (eds.). Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between the Orient and the Occident. Archaeopress. Oxford.

2012 Anfinset, N. & Wrigglesworth, M. (eds.) Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern Europe. Equinox Publishing Ltd., London.

2004 Combining the Past and the Present. Archaeological perspectives on society, eds. Oestigaard, T. & Anfinset, N. & Saetersdal, T., BAR International Series 1210.

 

Reviews, chronicles and comments

2012 Book review: El Kharafish. The archaeology of Sheikh Muftah Patoral Nomads in the desert around Dakhla Oasis (Egypt). By H. Reimer, Africa Praehistorica 25. Heinrich Barth-Institut, Köln, 2011, in Journal of African Archaeology, Vol. 10 (1), 125-127.

2009 The ethics of ethics, or same but different?, in Norwegian Archaeological Review, comments to G. Moshenska, Vol. 42, no. 2, 177-180.

2003 Bosettere i dillemma. Kronikk i Klassekampen 7. juli 2003. (Settlers in dilemma)

 

Articles in books and journals

2016 Snegler, skjell og fjæresand - fragmenter av bronsealderens gravrituale? Årbok for Universitetsmuseet i Bergen, pp. 15-25. Universitetet i Bergen. http://www.nordisktrykk.no/FLIP/UMB2016-Flip/mobile/index.html#p=1

2016 Eksperimentet som feilet: Metallurgi, etnografi og taus kunnskap. Årbok for Universitetsmuseet i Bergen, pp. 127-134. Universitetet i Bergen. http://www.nordisktrykk.no/FLIP/UMB2016-Flip/mobile/index.html#p=1

2016 Sven Nilsson - teolog, zoolog og arkeolog, i Riss. Et arkeologisk tidsskrift. pp. 4-13. Universitetet i Bergen. http://riss.uib.no/files/2016/12/RISS-Nr.-1-2016.pdf

2016 Palmyrena. The Northern Hinterland of Palmyra (Homs), Meyer, C., Anfinset, N. & T. P. Schou, in A History of Syria in One Hundred Sites, eds. Kanjou. Y & A. Tsuneki. Archaeopress Publishing, Oxford. pp. 355-358.

2016 Bronze casting and cultural connections: Bronze Age workshop at Hunn, Norway Melheim, L., Prescott. C. & N. Anfinset, in Praehistorische Zeitschrift, vol. 91, no. 1, 42-66.

2015 Metal, institutions and economic structures in southern Norway during the Early Bronze Age, in Suchowska-Ducke, P., Scott Reiter, S. & H. Vandkilde (eds.). Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe. Report from a Marie Curie Project 2009-2012 with concluding conference at Aarhus University, Moesgaard 2012: volume 2. British Archaeological Reports, S2772, pp. 145-153.

2015 Documenting copper mining and smelting technology, in Metals and Civilzations. Proceedings from BUMA VII, Beginnings of the use of metals and alloys, Bangalore, National Institute of Advanced Studies, eds S. Srinivasan, R. Ranganathan & A. Giumlia-Mair, pp. 223-232.

 

2012 Bronsealdersverdet fra Rimsvarden: Fortid møter nåtid, i Riss. Et arkeologisk tidsskrift, Nr. 2, 4-11. Universitetet i Bergen. (The bronze sword from Rimsvarden: Past meets present)

2012 Social response or resistance to the introduction of metal? Western Norway at the edge of the "globalised world", in Anfinset, N. & Wrigglesworth, M. (eds.)Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern EuropeEquinox Publishing Ltd., London. 232-250. http://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=441

2012 Anfinset, N. & Wrigglesworth, M., Introduction: local societies, regions and processes of cultural interaction in the Bronze Age, in Anfinset, N. & Wrigglesworth, M. (eds.)Local Societies in Bronze Age Northern EuropeEquinox Publishing Ltd., London. 1-9. http://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=441

2011 Formation of economic systems and social institutions: the 5th and 4th milennia in the southern Levant, in Interweaving worlds: systemic interaction in Eurasia, 7th to 1st millennium BC, eds. Wilkinson, T., Sherratt, S. and Bennet, J., Oxbow Publishing. 145-157.

2011 Goldenberg, G., Anfinset, N., Slivestri, E., Belgrado, E., Hanning, E., Klaunzer, M., Schneider, P., Staudt, M. & Töchterle, U. Das Nepal-Experiment - experimentelle Archäometallurgie mit ethnoarchäologischem Ansatz, in Die Geschichte des Bargbaus in Tirol un seinen angrenzenden Gebieten. Proceedings zum 5. Milstone-Meeting des SFB-HiMAT vom 7.-10.10 in Mühlbach, eds. K. Oeggl, G. Goldenberg, T. Stöllner & M. Prast. Innsbruck University Press. 83-90.

2011 Anfinset, N., Taha, H., al-Zawahra, M. & J. Yasine Societies in transition; contextualising Tell el-Mafjar, Jericho, in Culture, Chronology and the Chalcolithic, eds. J. Lowie & Y. Rowan. Oxbow Books, Levant Supplementary Series. 97-113.

2010 Forskningsetiske utfordringer i arkeologien, i Riss - et arkeologisk tidsskrift, nr. 1, 13-20. Universitetet i Bergen.

2010 Anfinset, N. & Meyer, J. C., The hinterland of Palmyra, in Antiquity, Vol. 84, no. 324, June issue, http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/anfinset324/

2009 To eat or not to eat: the social and economic role of the pig in Western Asia during prehistory, in Food and Foodways in the Middle East, ed. Naguib, N., 37-55, Birzeit Univeristy. Ramallah.

2009 The ethics of ethics, or same but different?, in Norwegian Archaeological Review, comments to G. Moshenska, Vol. 42, no. 2, 177-180.

2008 Anfinset, N. Towards specialised food production – a look to Jebel Bishri, Syria, in Jebel Bishri in context. Introduction to the archaeological studies  and te neighbourhood of Jebel Bishri in Central Syria, ed. Lönnqvist, M. BAR International Series 1817, 1-13, Oxford.

2006 Anfinset, Nils Aspects of Excavation, Cooperation and Management; The Joint Palestinian-Norwegian Excavation at Tell el-Mafjar, Jericho, i Tell es-Sultan / Jericho in the context of the Jordan Valley. Site Management, Conservation and Sustainable Development, red. L. Nigro & H. Taha, ”La Sapienza” Expedition to Palestine & Jordan, ROSAPAT 02, Rome, pp. 61-82.

2006 Anfinset, Nils Midtfeltet på Hunn: Impulser og kulturkontakt? i Randi Barndon, Sonja M. Innselset, Kari K. Kristoffersen & Trond K. Lødøen (red.) Festskrift til Gro Mandt på 70-årsdagen, UBAS - Universitetet i Bergen Arkeologiske Skrifter. Nordisk 3, pp. 27-41.

2005 Anfinset, Nils Bosetninger på Vestbredden i fortid og nåtid, i Babylon. Tidsskrift om Midtøsten og Nord-Afrika. Vol. 3, No. 2, 106-115.

2004 Anfinset, N., Meltheim, L. & Prescott, C.: Hunnundersøkelsen: Landskap, kosmologi, riter og metallurgi.  http://www.hf.uio.no/iakk/hunn/

2004 Anfinset, Nils Metallurgy and pastoral nomads in the Chalcolithic of the Southern Levant, i Combining the Past and the Present. Archaeological perspectives on society, reds. Oestigaard, T. & Anfinset, N. & Saetersdal, T., BAR International Series 1210. 61-73.

2003 Anfinset, N. A Passion for Cultural Difference. Archaeology and Ethnicity in the Southern Levant, i Norwegian Archaeological Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, 45-63.

2000 Anfinset, Nils Mining and Smelting Copper in Contemporary Nepal. A Discussion of its Form, Function and Context, i H. Vankilde & D. Olausson (eds.) Form, Function and Context. Acta Archaeologica Lundensia. Lund. Sweden, 203-212.

  • Urban transformation in the southern Levant, a NORHED-project, in collaboration with Birzeit University
  • Trade and landuse in Palmyra and the surrounding territory. Joint Syrian-Norwegian survey between Palmyra and Isriyé (Seriane). Ansvar for tiden ned til og med bronsealder (2009-2012) http://www.org.uib.no/palmyrena/
  • Global Moments in the Levant; Processes towards political economies in the Levant in the 5th and 4th millennia bc - a comparative approach (2006-2009)
  • Hunn prosjektet (med Christopher Prescott og Anne Lene Melheim) (1998-2003)
  • The joint Palestinian-Norwegian excavation at Tell el-Mafjar, Jericho
  • VikingAR; the use of Augumented Reality in Archaeology and exhibitions (2005)
  • Lower Jordan River Basin Programme, NUFU project (1998-2007)