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Magnus Mathisen Haaland

Postdoktor, arkeologi
  • E-postMagnus.Haaland@uib.no
  • Telefon+47 55 58 23 04
  • Besøksadresse
    Øysteinsgate 3
  • Postadresse
    Postboks 7805
    5020 Bergen

Magnus Haaland is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bergen, Norway and an affiliated researcher at the University of Tübingen, Germany.  He specializes in geoarchaeology and archaeological micromorphology. His current research focuses on evaluating site formation processes at Middle Stone Age cave sites dated to between 50 000 and 100 000 years. While knowledge of these processes is useful both for the reconstruction of paleolandscapes, assessment of local taphonomy and evaluation of stratigraphic integrity, Magnus is particularly interested in how depositional events can inform us about prehistoric human campsite practices and behaviours.  His interest in stratified archaeological deposits comes from his extensive fieldwork experience in southern Africa.

During the last ten years, Magnus has participated in excavations at sites such as Blombos Cave, Klipdrift Complex, Sibudu, Diepkloof Rockshelter, Bushman Rockshelter and Pomongwe Cave. During his fieldwork, Haaland has also been developing and implementing digital systems for more systematic, efficient and comprehensive data collection, including the use of high-resolution 3D photogrammetry and GIS. In the laboratory, his efforts have been geared towards integrating and contextualizing geochemical results (e.g. from XRF, FTIR, XRD, RAMAN) within the spatial framework of oriented and geo-referenced thin sections.

When Magnus is not in the field or in the lab, he enjoys hiking in the mountains, photographing and watching chess TV.

KEYWORDS:

  • Intra-site spatial analysis
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Soil micromorphology
  • Site formation processes
  • GIS
  • Photogrammetry
  • Image based 3D reconstruction
  • Archaeological data collection strategies
  • African Middle Stone Age and early Homo Sapiens
  • Human behavioral evolution
  • Microanalytical integration
  • FTIR and micro-FTIR
  • micro-XRF, micro-RAMAN
  • SEM-EDS, XRD
  • 2020. Les sous-sols de l’art rupestre à l’abri Pomongwe (Matobo, Zimbabwe). Lesedi. Field notes.
  • 2020. Hidden in plain sight: A microanalytical study of a Middle Stone Age ochre piece trapped inside a micromorphological block sample. Geoarchaeology.
  • 2020. Geoarchaeological investigation of occupation deposits in Blombos Cave in South Africa indicate changes in site use and settlement dynamics in the southern Cape during MIS 5b-4. Quaternary Research.
  • 2020. Comprehensive 3D reconstruction of an archaeological site based on archive images .
  • 2019. What's in that black layer? A report on a 85 000 year old dark sedimentary feature in Blombos Cave, South Africa .
  • 2019. What is an archaeological site? .
  • 2019. NRK Hordland Radiointervju - Om arkeologisk feltarbeid i Sør-Afrika.
  • 2019. Multi-scale and interdisciplinary study of prehistoric occupation deposits: a case study from Blombos Cave, South Africa .
  • 2019. Geoarchaelogical investigation of prehistoric site use, occupation intensity and settlement patterns in Blombos Cave, South Africa .
  • 2019. De første menneskene var smarte, spiste sjømat og brukte smykker.
  • 2019. A report on recent investigations of Pomongwe Cave: a Middle Stone Age Site in Zimbabwe .
  • 2018. Utvikling og spreiing av moderne menneske dei siste 200 000 år .
  • 2018. Utvikling og spreiing av moderne menneske dei siste 2-300 000 år .
  • 2018. The MIS5 pietersburg at 28' bushman rock Shelter, Limpopo Province, South Africa. PLOS ONE. 1-45.
  • 2018. The 3D-reconstruction of a modified ochre fragment trapped inside a micromorphological block sample from the Middle Stone Age levels of Blombos Cave, South Africa.
  • 2018. Investigation of Middle Stone Age occupation deposits in Blombos Cave, South Africa: evidence for changes in site-use and settlement dynamics in the Southern Cape during the MIS 5b-4 (94 – 72 ka).
  • 2018. Geoarchaeological and micro-contextual investigations of Middle Stone Age occupation deposits at Blombos Cave, South Africa.
  • 2018. Geoarchaelogical investigation of prehistoric site structure, occupation intensity and settlement patterns in Blombos Cave, South Africa.
  • 2018. Geo-archaeological investigations of the MSA contexts within the SapienCE project: current status and future potential.
  • 2018. Doing site-oriented depositional experiments? This is why you should consider taking a micromorphological block sample!
  • 2018. Documenting archaeological thin sections in high-resolution: A comparison of methods and discussion of applications. Geoarchaeology.
  • 2017. Røyk, eld og flammar – korleis pyroteknologi har gjort oss til menneske.
  • 2017. Nokon må tale dei daudes sak. NRK Ytring.
  • 2017. NRK Ytring P2: Debatt om kulturminneforvaltning.
  • 2017. NRK Hordaland, Intervju om nytt Senter for Fremragende Forskning.
  • 2017. Middle Stone Age ochre contexts in Blombos Cave, South-Africa: a macro- and micro-contextual background.
  • 2017. Microcontextual investigation of Blombos Cave, South Africa: Development of Methods and Preliminary Results.
  • 2017. Investigating site formation processes in Blombos Cave, South-Africa – a geo-archaeological and micro-contextual approach.
  • 2017. Investigating burnt deposits in Blombos Cave, South-Africa: a multi-proxy and multi-scale approach.
  • 2017. Intervju i studio hos NRK Hordaland P1 i forbindelse med åpning av SapienCE SFF.
  • 2017. Hvordan har ild gjort oss til mennesker?
  • 2017. Heat-induced alteration of glauconitic minerals in the Middle Stone Age levels of Blombos Cave, South Africa: Implications for evaluating site structure and burning events. Journal of Archaeological Science. 81-100.
  • 2017. Evaluating the nature and behavioral implications of laterally extensive occupation deposits in the Middle Stone Age levels of Blombos Cave, South Africa.
  • 2017. Distribution and spatial analysis of heat in thin-sections.
  • 2016. Multi-scale and micro-contextual investigation of the Middle Stone Age sequence in Blombos Cave, South Africa.
  • 2016. Multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar investigations of archaeological sites - A geoarchaeological approach. .
  • 2016. Meininga i det nedgravne. Bergens Tidende.
  • 2016. Geoarchaeological and micromorphological investigations of Blombos Cave, South Africa.
  • 2016. Characterising pigments on 30 000 year-old mobiliary art form Apollo 11 Cave, Karas Region, southern Namibia. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 336-347.
  • 2015. Tynnslip. Fotoserie basert på arkeologiske funn frå Blombos-hola. REPLIKK – Tidsskrift for samfunnsvitskap og humaniora.
  • 2015. Pleistocene figurative art mobilier from Apollo 11 Cave, Karas Region, Southern Namibia. South African Archaeological Bulletin. 113-123.
  • 2015. Late Pleistocene figurative art mobilier From Apollo II Cave, southern Namibia. Poster Session. and Workshops, 30 Jan - 7 Feb, 2015, , Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2015. High-resolution 3D documentation of micromorphological block samples: bridging the gap between micro-scale and macro-scale investigation of archaeological sites.
  • 2015. Heat-induced alteration of glauconitic minerals in the Middle Stone Age levels of Blombos Cave, South Africa: implications for evaluating site structure and burning events.
  • 2015. Haaland, Magnus Mathisen; Hop, Henriette Maria Børslid. Innberetning fra utgravning av boplasspor (id 108528-1) på Bjorvollen, Stend 2014 (Fana), 97/54, Bergen k., Hordaland. B. .
  • 2015. Elemental and technological analyses of 30 000 year-old mobiliary art form Apollo II Cave, Namibia.
  • 2014. Southern Cape Sapiens. Prosjektledelse: May-Britt Skjelvik, UiB. Foto: Magnus Haaland, UiB & Frode Ims, UiB. Redigering: Arnt Brandseth, UiB.
  • 2014. Microarchaeological investigation of archaeological deposits. A geo-archaeological and micromorphological approach.
  • 2014. Klipdrift Shelter, southern Cape, South Africa: preliminary report on the Howiesons Poort layers. Journal of Archaeological Science. 284-303.
  • 2014. Innberetning fra utgravning av boplasspor (id 108528-1) på Bjorvollen, Stend (Fana), 97/54, Bergen k., Hordaland. .
  • 2014. Geo-archaeological investigations of Blombos Cave, South-Africa. Micromorphological observations.
  • 2014. Etterforskar 70.000 år gamal forsvinning. BT-Innsikt artikkel. Bergens Tidende.
  • 2014. Et arkeologisk reisebrev fra Sør-Afrika. Prosjektledelse: May-Britt Skjelvik, UiB. Foto, forteller og intervju: Magnus Haaland, UiB. Redigering: Arnt Brandseth, UiB.
  • 2014. En arkeologisk bløtkake. Gjest: Magnus Haaland.
  • 2014. En arkeologisk bløtkake.
  • 2014. Dette bør du vite om arkeologar. BT-Innsikt artikkel. Bergens Tidende.
  • 2014. Contributions to photo-gallery for the ERC project TRACSYMBOLS 2014.
  • 2014. Contributions to UiB's Instagram account 2014.
  • 2014. Blombos Cave. Wikipedia entry rewritten and added updated content.
  • 2014. Archaeological excavation methods at Blombos Cave and Klipdrift Shelter. Current practice & suggestions future developments.
  • 2014. Applying image-based 3D modelling techniques to prehistoric cave contexts: implementing and evaluating photogrammetric reconstruction methods at Blombos Cave, South Africa.

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