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Department of Archaeology

 

Biography

Professor of Prehistoric Europe and Heritage Studies, University of Cambridge, Department of Archaeology,

Emeritus Professor of Bronze Age Studies, Leiden University

Director Cambridge Heritage Research Centre 2018-19 & 2020-21

Fellow Jesus College, Cambridge.

Member of the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre’, Director 2018-19 & 2020-21

Education:                   

  • 1985 Ph.D. University of Cambridge
  • 1981 Cand.Phil. Århus University, Denmark
  • 1975 BA Århus University, Denmark
  • 1973 Studentereksamen, Sønderborg Statsskole, Denmark

Professional History:  

  • 2015-present Professor of Prehistoric Europe and Heritage Studies, University of Cambridge
  • 2018-present Emeritus Pressor, Leiden University
  • 2012-2019  Professor, Leiden (concurrent with position at University of Cambridge)
  • 2011-2015  University Reader in Prehistoric Archaeology
  • 2000-2011  University Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Archaeology, University of Cambridge
  • 1992-2000  University Lecturer, Dept. of Archaeology, University  of Cambridge
  • 1987-1992  University  Assistant Lecturer,  Dept. of Archaeology, University  of Cambridge
  • 1986-1987  Temporary Assistant Lecturer, Dept. of Archaeology, University  of Cambridge
  • 1986  Research Assistant, Runnymede Bridge excavation project, The British Museum      
  • 1985  Carlsberg Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge

Prizes,  honours, appointments and Affiliations:

Prizes  and honours                          

  •  European Heritage prize (the annual prize from the European Association of Archaeologists for outstanding contribution to heritage)
  • Rigmor og Carl Holst-Knudsens Videnskabspris (Aarhus  University, Denmark, 2014 )
  • Felix Neuberg prize and lecture 
  • Korrespondierenden Mitglied des Deutsche Archäologischen Institute
  • The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, Elected member 2018

Membership                               

  • Bronze Age Studies Group
  • Jydsk Arkæologisk Selskab
  • Det Kgl. Nordiske Oldskrifts Selskab
  • Society of Antiquaries
  • The Prehistoric Society (member of Council 2011-2014)
  • The Association of European Archaeologists (member of the Heritage Prize committee)

Advisory bodies             

  • The ANTIQUITY TRUST, director (2016-present)
  • Cidade Velha World Heritage site, Management committee (2012-present)
  • ACE The Danish accreditation of University Degrees: Core specialist for Archaeology, (2009-10, 2013).
  • Swedish National Agency for Higher Education: Expert Member of evaluation panel for assessment of the provision for teaching of archaeology in Sweden, (2002 and 2008-09).
  • Nordic Research Schools. Midterm evaluation of the Nordic research Schools within the Humanities and Social Sciences: Evaluator (2007)
  • Danish PhD School in Archaeology: Member of the Reference Group for the duration of the School (2006-2010)
  • The Technical Committee for the Study of Archaeological Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman: Member (2009)
  • Research project: “Economics of Destruction” (Prof. Fontijn on hoards), on advisory board.
  • Reviewer of the review of a new center proposal“DHAKIRA CENTER FOR HERITAGE STUDIES” (NYU Abu Dhabi)

Research

I have several specific research interests as well as feeling deeply involved with the Archaeological project as such. The underlying thematic link between my current research interests is the connection between identity and material culture. I am exploring this theme through archaeological case studies, through Heritage Studies, and through gender studies.

Bronze Age temperate Europe
Since my first undergraduate essays on the Bronze Age I have been intrigued about the nature and characteristics of communities during this period. I have worked with material from Scandinavia, England and central Europe, and been involved with the investigation of new data as well as revisiting old classic sites, such as the grave of Leubingen. I am interested in investigating the mechanisms which, within local cultural contexts, enable the development and maintenance of local traditions and the construction of various kinds of identities. My research has rested on the premises that material culture is an important medium for cultural communication and is actively involved in the formation of the cultural context. I am currently investigating the spread of cremation during the Middle Bronze Age and the implication it had for attitudes to the body. I am also using the experience from excavating on the Bronze Age tell at Szazhalombatta, Hungary, to rethink the nature of the household during the Bronze Age.

Archaeological theory and Gender Studies

I believe all archaeology must involve theory but also that theory should be treated as instruments for exploration rather than directives. Within archaeological theory, I have in particular been involved with the development of gender archaeology. I have explored ideas about the materialization of gender and the interconnection between gender and other social ideals.

Historiography and Heritage Studies

Although Historiography and Heritage Studies are now two distinct sub branches within archaeology, for me they have been naturally interwoven. They provide deeply important dimensions to our understanding of archaeology as a contemporary practice and to the importance of the past in the present. I have worked on the 19th century history of the discipline and the origin of concepts such as typology. I am especially interested in the role of the past in the present with particular focus upon nationalism and identity formation and on how the tangible or intangible heritage is assigned value and is used in identity discourses. My interests also include working on the development of explicit methodologies for heritage studies. I am currently working specifically on how reconstruction of heritage after deconstruction impact identity and sense of belonging. Recent research has focused on memorials and monuments and their exploration as political tools in the public space. I am interested in working on heritage and food.

 

Publications

Key publications: 
1 Bender Jørgensen, L., Sofaer, J. and Sørensen M. L. S. 2018. Creativity in the Bronze Age. Understanding Innovation in Pottery, Textile, and Metalwork Production. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2 Kristiansen, K. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2020. Wool in the Bronze Age: Concluding Reflections. In Sabatini, S. and S. Bergerbrant (eds) The Textile Revolution in Bronze Age Europe. 317-332. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
3 Sørensen, M.L.S., Viejo Rose, D. and P. Filippucci  2019. Memorials and Memorialisation: History, Forms, and Affects. In Sørensen, M.L.S., D. Viejo Rose, and P. Filippucci (eds) Memorials in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict. 1-32. London: Palgrave.
4 Sørensen, M.L.S. 2019. What is gender transformation, where does it take place and why? Reflections from archaeology. In Julia Katharina Koch and Wiebke Kirleis J. Kock (eds) Gender Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies. Scales of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies Vol. 6. 107-20. Kiel: Kiel University
5 Sørensen, M.L.S.  2014. ‘Paradigm Lost’ – on the state of typology within archaeological theory, In  K. Kristiansen, L. Smejda and J. Turek (eds) Paradigm Found. 84-94. Oxford: Oxbow.

 

Other publications: 

 

Books

  1. Sørensen, M.L.S.  2000. Gender Archaeology. Pp 1-248. Cambridge: Polity Press.  (2014: Translation to Korean)
  2. Bender Jørgensen, L., Sofaer, J. and Sørensen M. L. S. 2018. Creativity in the Bronze Age. Understanding Innovation in Pottery, Textile, and Metalwork Production. Pp1-359. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Edited volumes

1.         Baillie, B. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2020. Forthcoming. African Heritage challenges. London: Palgrave. 

2.         Sørensen, M.L.S., D. Viejo Rose, and P. Filippucci (eds) 2019. Memorials in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict. From History to Heritage. Pp 1-312.   London: Palgrave.

3.         Sørensen, M.L.S. and D. Viejo Rose (eds) 2015. War and Cultural Heritage.  Biographies of Place. Pp 1-290. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

4.         Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay-Salisbury (eds) 2013. Embodied Knowledge. Pp 1-154. Oxford: Oxbow.

5.         Chatzoglou, A., A. Polyzoudi, M.L.S. Sørensen, and S. Taha  2011. Guest editors, Historic Environment, Volume 23 number 1, March 2011.

6.         Rebay-Salisbury, K., Sørensen, M.L.S., and J. Hughes (eds) 2010. Body Parts and Bodies Whole: Changing Relations and Meanings. Pp 1-176. Oxford: Oxbow. 

7.         Sørensen, M.L.S. and J. Carman (eds) 2009. Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches.  Pp 1-360. London: Routledge.

8.         Diaz-Andreu, M. and M.L.S. Sørensen (eds) 1998. Excavating Women: A history of Women in European Archaeology. Pp 1-336. London: Routledge.

9.         Sørensen, M.L.S. and R. Thomas (eds) 1989. The Bronze Age - Iron Age Transition in Europe: Aspects of Continuity and Change in European Societies c. 1200-500 B.C. BAR. International Series, 483, vol. 1 and 2. Pp 1-492. Oxford: BAR International Series.

10.       Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Levinsen (eds) 1979.  Archaeology as a Social Science. Pp 1-184. Århus: Department of Archaeology, Kontaktstencil 16.

 

Articles and Book chapters (after year)

  1. Sofaer, J., Sørensen, M.L.S. and Vicze, M. (In press) The Practice of Everyday Life on a European Bronze Age tell: reflections from Százhalombatta-Földvár. In A. Blanco-González and T. Kienlin (Eds) Current Approaches to Tells. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
  2. Sørensen, M.L.S., Vicze, M. and J. Sofaer (In press). Introduction: contextualising the evidence of animal bones from the Bronze Age tell of Szazhalombatta. In Vretemark, M. and S. Sten, Sabine Animal bones from the Bronze Age tell settlement of Százhalombatta-Földvár in Hungary. With an appendix on human remains. SAX 3. Matrica Museum, Százhalombatta
  3. Sørensen, M.L.S. (In press) The roles of the locals—and the possible reconstruction of the destroyed Buddha statues in the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan. In M.  Nagaoka, (ed.) The Future of the Bamiyan Buddha Statues - Heritage Reconstruction in Theory and Practice. Springer.
  4. Kristiansen, K. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2020. Wool in the Bronze Age: Concluding Reflections. In Sabatini, S. and S. Bergerbrant (eds) The Textile Revolution in Bronze Age Europe. 317-332. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  5. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2020. Are there degrees of AHD? On the usefulness of exploring the extreme to understand the average. Foreword In: M. Zoh. The Impacts of Dictatorship on Heritage Management. Vernon Press.
  6. Sørensen, M.L.S., Vicze,  M. and  J.  Sofaer  2020. Paradigm shift? Bronze Age Tell Archaeology after 1989. Reflections from the Százhalombatta-Földvár Excavation Project. In Ditrich, L., Ditrich, O.,  Harding, A., Kiss, V. and K. Šabatová (eds), Bringing down the Iron Curtain Paradigmatic change in research on the Bronze Age in Central and Eastern Europe. 153-162. BAR International Series Oxford: Oxford.
  7. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2019. What is gender transformation, where does it take place and why? Reflections from archaeology. In Julia Katharina Koch and Wiebke Kirleis J. Kock (eds) Gender Transformations in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies. Scales of Transformation in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies Vol. 6. 107-20. Kiel: Kiel University
  8. Sørensen, M.L.S., Viejo Rose, D. and P. Filippucci  2019. Memorials and Memorialisation: History, Forms, and Affects. In Sørensen, M.L.S., D. Viejo Rose, and P. Filippucci (eds) Memorials in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict. 1-32. London: Palgrave.
  9. Sørensen, M.L.S. and I. Adriansen 2019. The Isted Lion: from Memorial of War to Monument of Friendship. In In Sørensen, M.L.S., D. Viejo Rose, and P. Filippucci (eds) Memorials in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict. 279-303. London: Palgrave.
  10. Carr, G., Sørensen, M.L.S. and D. Viejo Rose 2018. Food as Heritage. In Lightfoot E, Liu X and D. Fuller (eds) 2018: Far from the Hearth: Essays in Honour of Martin K. Jones. 145-151. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  11. Evans, C., Sørensen, M., Allen, M., Appleby, J., Casimiro, T., French, C., Scaife, R. 2017. Finding Alcatrazes and early Luso-African settlement on Santiago Island, Cape Verde. Antiquity, 91(358): 1-9.
  12. Vicze, M., Sørensen, M.L.S. and Sofaer, J. 2017. Advances in tell research. Methodological reflections on the SAX Project. In Kulcsar, G., Kiss, V., & Szabó, G. (eds) State of the Hungarian Bronze Age Research. Proceedings of the conference held between 17th and 18th of December 2014. 487-496. Budapest: Institute of Archaeology.
  13. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2015. Forankring af metalproduktion – betydningen af bopladsfundene. In Boddum, S., M. Mikkelsen and N. Terkildsen (eds) Bronzestøbning i  yngre bronzealders locale kulturlandskab. 9-14. Viborg: Viborg Museum & Holstebro Museum.
  14. Sørensen, M.L.S. and I. Adriansen 2015. Dybbøl: The Construction and Reconstruction of a Memorial Landscape. In Sørensen, M.L.S. and D. Viejo Rose (eds) War and Cultural heritage.  Biography of Place. 18-45. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  15. Vandkilde, H. S. Hansen, K. Kotsakis, K. Kristiansen, J. Müller, J.Sofaer and M. L. S. Sørensen 2015. Cultural Mobility in Bronze Age Europe. In P. Suchowska-Ducke, S. Scott Reiter and H. Vandkilde (eds) Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe. 5-37. Oxford: BAR.
  16. Sørensen, M.L.S.  and D. Viejo, Rose 2015. The Impact of Conflict on Cultural Heritage: a Biographical Lens, In Sørensen, M.L.S. and D. Viejo Rose (eds) War and Cultural heritage.  Biography of Place. 1-17 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  17. Viejo Rose, D. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2015. Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict: New Questions for an Old Relationship. In S. Watson and Emma Waterton (eds)  Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research. 281-296. London: Palgrave.
  18. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2014. The Archaeological Culture Concept – Hot or Cold Understandings.  In J. Alexandersson,  A. Andreeff and A. Bünz (eds) Med hjärta och hjärna. Eb vänbok till professor Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh.  247-258. Göteborg: Göteborg  Universitet.
  19. Sørensen, M.L.S.  2014. ‘Paradigm Lost’ – on the state of typology within archaeological theory, In  K. Kristiansen, L. Smejda and J. Turek (eds) Paradigm Found. 84-94. Oxford: Oxbow.
  20. Vicze, M., Sofaer, J. and Sørensen, M.L.S. (2014) Glimpsing social organisation – evidence from the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta-Földvár. Hungarian Archaeology, ejournal http://www.hungarianarchaeology.hu/?page_id=279#post-5059
  21. Harris, O., K. Rebay-Salisbury, J. Robb and M. L. S. Sørensen, 2013. The body in its social context. Chapter 4 (pp. 64-97),  in J. Robb and O. J. T. Harris The Body in History. 64-97. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  22. Riede, F., Sørensen, M.L.S., Eiberg, H., 2013. Using mtDNA to evaluate pioneer colonization scenarios for prehistoric southern Scandinavia. Journal of Nordic Archaeological Science 18, 3-11.
  23. Sofaer, J. and M.L.S. Sørensen, 2013. Death and gender. In Nilsson Stutz, L. and S. Tarlow (eds). The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial. 527-541. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  24. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2013. A Sword for the Chief – a conversation with Kristian. In S. Bergerbrant, S. and. S. Sabatini (eds) Counterpoint: Essays in Archaeology and Heritage Stuides in Honour of Professor Kristian Kristiansen. 435-439.Oxford:  Oxbow.
  25. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2013. Conflict, reconstruction and Identity – a Complex relationship. International Preservation news No 61: 25-27.
  26. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2013. Gender Archaeology. In Neil Asher Silberman (ed) The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  27. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2013. The History of Gender Archaeology in Northern Europe. In D. Bolger (ed.) Companion to Gender Prehistory, 396-412. Oxford: Blackwells.
  28. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2013. Identity, Gender, and Dress in the European Bronze Age. In A.F. Harding and H. Fokkens (eds) Oxford Handbook of the European Bronze Age. 216-233. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  29. Sørensen, M.L.S  2013. Introduction to Part I: belief as practice.  In Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay-Salisbury (eds) Embodied knowledge, 11-14.
  30. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2013. Preface. In Bowe, M., B. Carpeneti, I. Dull and J. Lipkowitz (ed.). 2013. Heritage Studies: Stories in the Making. xv-xx Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  31. Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay-Salisbury 2013. Embodied Knowledge. Reflections on belief and technology: Introduction. In Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay-Salisbury (eds) Embodied knowledge.1-8. Oxford: Oxbow.
  32. Sørensen, M.L.S. and M. Vicze 2013. Locating Household Activities on a Bronze Age Tell. In Briz i Godino, I., G. Kovacs , B Kulcsarne-Berzsenyi and M.Madella (eds) The Archaeology of Household. 159-178. Oxford: Oxbow.
  33. Evans, C., Sørensen, M. L. S., & k. Richter 2012. Excavation of one of the earliest Christian churches in the tropics: N.ª S.ª da Conceição, Cidade Velha, Cape Verde. In T. Green & J. Lingna Nafafé (eds.), Brokers of change: Atlantic commerce and cultures in pre-colonial Guinea of Cape Verde. 173-192. London: British Academy.
  34. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2012. Velkommen Hjem  eller Velkommen Tilbage – refeksioner over Istedløven,  PLUK for forskningen i Sønderjylland,  February 2012, 11-15.
  35. Chatzoglou, A., A. Polyzoudi, M.L.S. Sørensen, and S.Taha  2011. Introduction. The Historic City - Challenges and Possibilities. Historic Environment, 23,1: 2-4.
  36. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2011. Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of Identities after Conflict. In Anheier, H., Isar, Y. R. and Viejo-Rose, D. (eds), Heritage, Memory and Identity.  Cultures and Globalization Series, vol. 4, 65. London: Sage.
  37. Sørensen, M.L.S. and C. Evans 2011. The Challenge and Potentials of Archaeological Heritage in Africa – Cape Verdean reflections. African Archaeological Review. Vol. 28 (1): 39-54.
  38. Sørensen, M. L. S., Evans, C., and K.  Richter 2011. A place of history: Archaeology and heritage at Cidade Velha, Cape Verde. In P. J. Lane and K.C. MacDonald (eds), Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory. 421-442. Oxford: (British Academy) by Oxford University Press.
  39. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2010.  Bronze Age Bodiness – Maps and Coordinates. In K. Rebay-Salisbury, M.L.S., Sørensen, and J. Hughes (eds) Body Parts and Bodies Whole: Changing Relations and Meanings: 54-63. Oxford: Oxbow.
  40. Sørensen, M.L.S.  2010. Households. In T. Earle and K. Kristiansen (eds) Organizing Bronze Age Societies. The Mediterranean, Central Europe & Scandinavia Compared. 122-154. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  41. Rebay-Salisbury, K., Sørensen, M.L.S., and J. Hughes 2010. Body Parts and Bodies Whole: Introduction. In K. Rebay-Salisbury, M.L.S. Sørensen, and J. Hughes (eds) Body Parts and Bodies Whole: Changing Relations and Meanings. 1-5. Oxford: Oxbow.
  42. Carman, J. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2009. Heritage Studies: an outline. In M.L.S. Sørensen and J. Carman (eds) Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches.  11-28. London: Routledge.
  43. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2009. Between the lines and in the margins: interviewing people about attitudes to heritage and identity. In M.L.S. Sørensen and J. Carman (eds) Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches.  164-177. London: Routledge.
  44. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2009. Gender, Material Culture and Identity in the Viking Age Diaspora. Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 5: 245-261.
  45. Sørensen, M.L.S. and J. Carman 2009. Introduction: making the means transparent: reasons and reflections. In M.L.S. Sørensen and J. Carman (eds) Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches.  3-10. London: Routledge.
  46. Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay-Salisbury 2009. Landscapes of the Body: Burials of the Middle Bronze Age in Hungary. Journal of European Archaeology 11 (1): 49-74.
  47. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2008. How are we Europeans? At the Crossroad of Discourse and Practice. Archaeological Dialogues 15 (1): 53-55.
  48. Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay 2008. The impact of 19th century ideas on the construction of ‘Urnfield’ as a chronological and cultural concept in Northern and Central Europe. In A. Lehoërff (ed.) Construire le temps. Historie et methods des chronologis et cvalendries des derniers millénaires avant notre ère en Europe occidentale: 57-67. Lille: Bibracte.
  49.  Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay 2008. From substantial bodies to the substance of bodies: analysis of the transition from inhumation to cremation during the Middle Bronze Age in central Europe. In J. Robb and D. Borić (eds). Past Bodies: Body-Centred Research in Archaeology. 59-68. Oxford: Oxbow.
  50. Sørensen, M.L.S. and B. Solli with R. Tringham 2008. Parallel Lives – An interview with Ruth Tringham. Norwegian Archaeological Review 4 (1): 43-52
  51. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2007. An Archaeologist. In P. Glazebrook (ed.) Jesus: The Life of a Cambridge College. 154-55. Cambridge: Granta.
  52. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2007. Case Study.  In K. Croucher and W. Romer (eds) Inclusivity in Teaching Practice and the Curriculum.  Manchester: The subject centre for History, Classics and Archaeology: Guides for teaching and Learning in Archaeology. Number 6.
  53. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2007. English and Danish Iron Ages – a Comparison through Houses, Burials and Hoards. In C. Haselgrove and R. Pope (eds) The Earlier Iron Age in Britain and the Near Continent.  328-337. Oxford: Oxbow.
  54. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2007.  On Gender Negotiation and its Materiality. In S. Hamilton, R. Whitehouse and K. I. Wright (eds) Archaeology and Women. Ancient and Modern Issues. 41-51. London:  UCL Press.
  55. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2007.  What does Sustainability have to do with it? Reflections upon Heritage Language and the Heritage of Slavery and Missionaries. In J. Carman and R. White (eds) World Heritage: Global Challenges; Local Solutions. 75-79. Oxford: BAR International Series.
  56. Sørensen, M.L.S. and  K. Rebay 2007. Changing Social Practices of Death in Later European Prehistory. In R. Karl, and J. Leskovar (eds.) Interpretierte Eisenzeiten. 119-124. Linz: Studien zur Kulturgeschichte von Oberösterreich.
  57. Sørensen, M.L.S. and K. Rebay 2007. Interpreting the Body: Burial Practices at the Middle Bronze Age cemetery at Pitten. Archaeologia Austriaca  89: 153-175.
  58.  Sørensen, M.L.S.  2006. Gender, things, and material culture. In S. Milledge Nelson (ed.) The Handbook of Gender in Archaeology. 105-135. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press.
  59. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2006. The “Romanization” of Gender Archaeology. Comments to P. Allison. Archaeological Dialogues 13 (1): 27-31
  60. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2005. Feminist Archaeology. In C. Renfrew and P. Bahn (eds) Archaeology: the Key Concepts. 116-121. London: Routledge.
  61. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2005. The Grammar of Drama: an Analysis of the rich Early Bronze Age Grave at Leubingen, Germany.  In T. L. Kienlin (ed.) Die Dinge als Zeichen: Kulturelles Wissen und materielle Kultur. 283-291.Bonn: Habelt.
  62. Leighton, M. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2004. Breathing life into the archives: Reflections upon Decontextualization and the Curatorial History of Material from Tószeg. Journal of European Archaeology 7 (1): 41-60.
  63. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2004. The Archaeology of Gender. In J. Bintliff (ed.) A Companion to Archaeology. 75-91. Oxford: Blackwell.
  64. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2004. The Interconnection of Age and Gender: a Bronze Age Perspective., Ethnographisch-Archäologische Zeitschrift 45 (2): 327-338.
  65. Sørensen, M.L.S.  2004. Stating Identities: the Use of Objects in Rich Bronze Age Graves. In J. Cherry, C. Scarre and S. Shennan (eds). Social Archaeology. 167-176. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.
  66. Naganishi, Y., H. Soderland, J. Carman, M.C. Garden and M.L.S Sørensen, 2003. Making the Means Transparent: Exploring Research Methodologies in Heritage Studies. International Journal of Heritage Studies 9 (3): 275-279.
  67. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2002.  Mats P. Malmer. Current Swedish Archaeology 10: 163-177.
  68. Sofaer-Derevenski, J. and M.L.S. Sørensen 2002. Becoming Cultural: Society and the Incorporation of Bronze. In B. Ottoway and E. C. Wager (eds.) Metals and Society. 117-121. Oxford: BAR International Series.
  69. Sørensen, M.L.S. and D. L. Uzzell 2002. The Affordances of the Past in the Creation of National Identities’. In H. Turgut and P. Kellett (eds) Traditional Environments in a New Millennium: Defining Principles and Professional Practice. 42-46. Amasya: Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University.
  70. Sørensen, M.L.S., J.D. Hill and S. Lucy 2001. Long-term History on a Danish Island: the Als project. Acta Archaeologica 72 (2): 91-107.
  71. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2000. Form, Function, Context - a Commentary on the Seminar. In D. Olausson and H. Vandkilde (eds) Form- Function- Context. Material Culture Studies in Scandinavian Archaeology. 299-397. Lund: Institute of Archaeology.
  72. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1999. The Als Project: Long-term History on a Danish Island. In C. Fabech and J. Ringtved (eds) Settlement and Landscape. 405-406. Århus: Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab.
  73.  Sørensen, M.L.S. 1999. Archaeology, Gender and the Museum.  In N. Merriman (ed.) Making Early Histories in Museums. 136-150. London: Leicester University Press.
  74. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1999. Changing Meaning: Reflection upon Historiography and Thomsen’s Three Age System. In A. Gustafsson and H. Karlsson (eds) Glyfer och arkeologiska rum – en vänbok till Jarl Nordbladh. 133-150. Göteborg: Göteborg University.
  75. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1999. Forhistorisk Arkæologi på Moesgård: Et Internationalt Perspektiv. In  O. Høiris,  H.J Madsen, T. Madsen and J. Vellev (eds) Menneskelivets Mangfoldighed. Arkæologisk og Antropologisk Forskning på Moesgård. 81-84. Århus: Århus universitet og Moesgård museum.
  76.  Sørensen, M.L.S. 1999. Mats P. Malmer. In T. Murray  (ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology. The Great Archaeologists. Vol. II.  775-789. Oxford: ABC-Clio.
  77. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1999. Sophus Otto Müller. In T. Murray  (ed.) Encyclopedia of Archaeology. The Great Archaeologists. Vol. I. 193-209. Oxford: ABC-Clio.
  78.  
  79. Diaz-Andreu, M. and M.L.S. Sørensen 1998. Excavating Women: Towards an Engendered History of Archaeology. In M. Diaz-Andreu. and M.L.S. Sørensen (eds) Excavating Women. A History of Women in European Archaeology.  1-28. London: Routledge.
  80. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1998. The Atlantic Bronze Age - and the Construction of Meaning. In S. Oliveira Jorge  (ed.) Existe uma Idade do Bronze Atlantico? 255-266. Lisboa: Instituto Portugues de Arqueologia.
  81. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1998. Rescue and Recovery: on Historiographies of Female Archaeologists. In M. Diaz-Andreu. and M.L.S. Sørensen (eds) Excavating Women. A History of Women in European Archaeology. 31-60. London: Routledge.
  82. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1998. Women's Culture in Bronze Age Europe:  Social Categories or Symbolic 'Capital'. In M. Casey (ed.). Redefining Archaeology: Feminist Perspectives. 84-89. Canberra: The Australian National University.
  83. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1997. Material Culture and Typology. Current Swedish Archaeology 5: 179-192.
  84. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1997. Reading Dress: the Construction of Social Categories and Identities in Bronze Age Europe. Journal of European Archaeology 5 (1): 93-114.
  85. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1996. The Fall of a Nation, the Birth of a Subject: the National use of Archaeology in Nineteenth-century Denmark. In M. Diaz-Andreu and T. Champion (eds). Nationalism and Archaeology in Europe.  24-47. London: UCL Press.
  86. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1996. Pottery Evidence for Formation Process in the Late Bronze Age Deposits (chapter 4). In S. Needham and T. Spence Runnymede Bridge Research Excavations, Volume 2.  61-77. London: British Museum Press.
  87. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1996. Scandinavia in the Bronze Age. In  B.M. Fagan (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. 623-25. Oxford: Oxford University press.
  88. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1996. Trundholm. In B.M. Fagan (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Archaeology. 725. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  89. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1996. Women As/And Metalworkers.  In A. Devonshire and B. Wood (eds) Women in Industry and Technology: from Prehistory to the Present. Current Research and the Museum Experience. 45-52. London: Museum of London.
  90. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1994. Thoughts on Death and Gender. Comments to E. Lohof. Archaeological Dialogues 1 (2): 121-124.
  91. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1992. European Metal Age Culture. Encyclopaedia Britannica, Macropaedia, vol 18: 592-604.
  92. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1992. Gender Archaeology and Danish Bronze Age studies. Norwegian Archaeological Review 25 (1): 31-50
  93. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1992. Hvori består Forholdet mellem Ernæringsformer og Levevis i Yngre Bronzealder i Skandinavien? In L. Forsberg and T.B. Larsson (eds) Ekonomi och Näringsformer i Nordisk Bronsålder. Bronseålders symposium. 1-10. Nämforsen: Umeå University.
  94. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1992. Gender Archaeology and Danish Bronze Age studies. Norwegian Archaeological Review 25 (1): 31-50.
  95. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1992. Landscape Attitudes in the Bronze Age: the Als Project. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 2 (1): 130-136.
  96. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1991. Gender Construction through Appearance. In D. Walde and N.D. Willows (eds) The Archaeology of Gender. 121-129. Calgary: University of Calgary.
  97. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1989. Ignoring Innovation - Denying Change. The Role of Iron and the Impact of External Influences on the Transformation of Scandinavian Societies 800-400 B.C.. In R. Torrence and S. van der Leeuw (eds) What's New? A Closer Look at the Process of Innovation. 182-202. London: Unwin Hyman.
  98. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1989. Looking at Peripheries: The Reproduction of Material Culture in Late Bronze Age Scandinavia and England.  In H.A. Nordstrom and A. Knape (eds) Bronze Age Studies. 63-76. Stockholm: Statens Historiska Museet.
  99. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1989. Period VI Reconsidered: Continuity and Change at the Transition from Bronze to Iron Age in Scandinavia. In M.L.S. Sørensen and R. Thomas (eds) The Bronze Age - Iron Age Transition in Europe: Aspects of Continuity and Change in European Societies c. 1200-500 B.C. 457-492. Oxford: BAR International Series.
  100. Needham, S. P. and M.L.S. Sørensen 1989. Runnymede Refuse Tip: a Consideration of Midden Deposits and their Formation. In J. Barrett and I. Kinnes (eds) The Archaeology of Context in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. 113-126. Sheffield. Sheffield University.
  101. Sørensen, M.L.S. and R. Thomas 1989.  Introduction. In M.L.S. Sørensen and R. Thomas (eds) The Bronze Age - Iron Age Transition in Europe: Aspects of Continuity and Change in European Societies c. 1200-500 B.C. 1-21. Oxford: BAR International Series.
  102. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1987.  Material Order and Cultural Classification: the Bronzes from Late Bronze Age Scandinavia. In I. Hodder (ed.) The Archaeology of Contextual Meaning.   90-101. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  103. Sørensen, M.L.S 1986.  ...Føie Oldtidens Kraft til Nutidens Kløgt.... Stofskifte, Tidskrift for Social anthropologi: 35-45.
  104. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1986.  Materiel Kultur og Kulturel Forandring. Varia 12: 133-143. 

 

Notes, not refereed journals, newsletters, and other publishers

Sørensen, M.L.S. 2020.  Past, present, future - the tangible and intangible heritage of the Borneo longhouse. In ‘Spotlight on…’ https://www.heritage.arch.cam.ac.uk/

  1. Vicze, M., M.L.S. Sørensen and J. Sofaer 2019. From the trench – personalising a netting-needle from the Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta-Földvár, Hungary.  TEA 62.
  2. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2016. Cultural heritage and post-conflict sustainable development, in CULTURE: URBAN FUTURE. 151. Unesco
  3. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2016. Foreword, in S. Keitumetse African Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management. Theory and Practice from Southern Africa. Vii-viii. Springer.
  4. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2016. Commentary.  Archaeology and Conflict.  Archaeological Review from Cambridge Vol. 31.1: 9-13.
  5. Sørensen, M.L.S and J. Sofaer 2015. Materiality and the construction of identity. In Suchowska-Ducke, S. Reiter, and H. Vandkilde (eds) Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe.Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, 39.
  6. Sofaer, J., M.L.S, Sørensen and M. Vicze 2012. Notes from a Bronze Age tell: Százhalombatta-Földvár, Hungary. The European Archaeologist 38, 15-16, winter 2012/13
  7. Sørensen, M.L.S. 2012. Panel  4 (working in post conflict countries) Moderator and Summary. In Lindblom, I.  and C. Paludan-müller (eds.)Harnessing the hidden potential of cities. Report from the Oslo Workshop 11–12 April 2012. Can Cultural Heritage Investments Support Inclusive Urban Development? 93-95. Oslo: NIKU.
  8. Sørensen, M.L.S., K. Rebay, and J. Hughes. 2008. Bodies in Pieces: the Changing Relations between Body Parts and Bodies Whole (session report). The European Archaeologist 28:17.
  9. Sørensen, M.L.S., J. Hughes and K. Rebay. 2006. Knowledge, Belief and the Body (session report), The European Archaeologist 26: 36.
  10. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1995. You know that what you wear you are. In The Identity of Bronze Age Europe. Publications of abstracts, 5, Strabourg: Council of Europe.
  11. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1992. Hvilke Interesser har Engelsk Arkæologi på Als? Nordslesvigske Museer 17: 5-10.
  12. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1990. Fortiden som Periferi. Nyt 22 (Center for Kulturforskning): 12-31.
  13. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1990.  Handel og Dansk arkæologi. Hikuin 16: 7-16.
  14. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1988. Is there a Feminist Contribution to Archaeology? Archaeological Review from Cambridge 7 (1): 9-20.
  15. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1987. Ignoring Innovation -Denying Change. The Role of Iron and the Impact of External Influences on the Transformation of Scandinavian Societies 800-400 B.C. In The Social and Economic Contexts of Technological Change (WAC-conference volume).
  16. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1984.  Changing Images of Archaeology. South Scandinavian Archaeology 1818 to 1978. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 3 (1): 38-47.
  17. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1981.  Trade and Exchange - the Potentials for Explanation? Kontaktstencil  21: 21-36.
  18. Sørensen, M.L.S. 1979.  Living and Dead - Problems and Possibilities. Kontaktstencil 16: 148-166.
  19. Sørensen, M.L.S. and K.E.T. Levinsen 1978. Resume af en Videnskabsteoretisk Redegørelse for Modelbegrebet. Kontaktstencil 14: 49-53.
  20. Sørensen, M.L.S. and K.E.T. Levinsen  1977. Muddles in Archaeology - eller Modeler  I Arkæologien. Kontaktstencil 13: 24-44.

Teaching and Supervisions

Teaching: 

 

Undergraduate teaching

I have taught at all levels of undergraduate teaching covering European prehistory, various aspects of theory, and heritage related topics

MPhil student supervision

I have supervised in excess of a hundred and fifty MPhil students during my employment, including dissertations dealing with various aspects of the Bronze Age, prehistory generally, archaeological theory, and heritage.

PhD student supervision

I have supervised some 55 PhD students to completion, most of these have gained lectureships or become curators in Later European Prehistory or Heritage Studies (in the UK, Bermuda, Botswana, Cyprus, Ireland, South Korea, Norway, Taiwan, The Netherlands). Two have gained university administrative posts and some have positions outside universities and museums. I have also acted as Advisor to a number of PhD students supervised by colleagues including for non-UK universities.

Research supervision: 

Please note that I am not currently available for PhD supervision.

Current Students:

  • Lewis Ferrero
  • Rebecca Haboucha
  • Raphael Henkes
  • Joanna Lawrence
  • Thomas Torp Hansen
  • Kim E. Ruf

Past Students:

  • Charlotte Andrews
  • Joanna Appleby (née Wilson)
  • David Barrowclough
  • Sebastian Becker
  • Joanna Bruck
  • John Carman
  • Afroditi Chatzoglou
  • Elizabeth Cohen
  • Elizabeth Crooke
  • Pablo Alonso Gonzalez​
  • Maikel Kuijpers
  • Hyun Kyung Lee
  • Leanne Philpot
  • Calum Robertson
  • Naomi Farrington
  • Mary-Catherine Garden
  • Duncan Garrow
  • Susan Keitumetse
  • Jong-Il Kim
  • Robert Law
  • Darrin Lee Long
  • Kirsi Lorentz
  • Yumiko Nakanishi
  • Lise Nordenborg Myhre
  • Archondia Polyzoudi
  • Ben Roberts
  • Elizabeth Skates
  • Joanna Sofaer-Derevenski
  • Tim Flohr Sorensen (visiting PhD student)
  • Shadia Taha
  • Lina Tahan
  • Susan Thomas
  • Dacia Viejo Rose
  • Leo Webley
  • Guohua Yang
  • Donna Elizabeth Yates

Other Professional Activities

Peer evaluation

I do a substantial amount of peer evaluation both in the UK and abroad, including for research councils, other funders, and for publication (for details see under my biography)

Research collaborations

I have been or am involved in several research collaborations, including:

i.               Under the auspices of the EU funded CRIC project (CRIC – Cultural Heritage and the Re-construction of identities after Conflict) I worked with and coordinated a number of partners based at ten different research institutions in Europe (for a list of partners see http://www.arch.cam.ac.uk/cric/cric.html).

ii.              Through the EU funded ‘Forging Identities’ project I collaborated directly with six academic partners (Network partners), and eleven associated partners from a number of European research institutions, for a list of partners see www.forging-identities.com

iii.            Through the HERA funded ‘Bronze Age creativity’ project I collaborated directly with the ten academic researchers attached to the project.

iv.             I am one of the directors of the Szazhalombatta tell-site excavation team and work in close collaboration with Dr M. Vicze (The Matrica Museum, Hungary) and Prof. J. Sofaer (University of Southampton) on the excavation, coordinating post-excavation analyses, and publication.

v.              I collaborated with C. Evans (Cambridge Archaeological Unit), Konstantin Richter (Jean Piaget University, Cape Verde), and the Cape Verdean Ministry of Culture on the first scientific archaeological exploration of the early slave trans-shipment centre, Cidade Velha, on Cape Verde.

vi.             Advisor on project “Late Bronze Age mortuary practices and society in southern Carpathian Basin” funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (2015-2017).

vii.           Through the Cambridge Heritage Research Centre I am a consultant on the “Western Sudan Community Museum (WSCM) Project” funded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund.

Ongoing Research Project:

I am currently directly involved in a range of research project, these stretches from prehistory to heritage and involve working in the UK, Hungary and in Cape Verde. Current projects include:

Bronze Age tell at Százhalombatta-Földvár, Hungary: (http://sax.matricamuzeum.hu/) Ongoing excavation since 2000, first phase of site currently under publication.

Yangshao Culture: 100 Year Research History and Heritage Impact, funded by the Shanghai Academy of Guyewang Studies. (https://www.heritage.arch.cam.ac.uk/research-projects/yangshao/yangshao)

Recording Decisions and Actions connected with Claims for the Removal/Protection of Statues in UK Civic Spaces during the Summer of 2020

(https://www.heritage.arch.cam.ac.uk/research-projects/uk-statues-project)

The Barrow Revival Project: The Barrow Revival Project looks at public attitudes and engagements with newly built chambered tombs which seek to replicate a prehistoric form for the internment of modern cremations.

Cabo Verde: At the invitation of a local university and the island's Ministry of Culture's IPC,  Chris Evans & Marie Louise Stig Sørensen have been investigating the early Portuguese foundation settlements of Cidade Velha and Alcatrazes since 2006. Founded in the middle decades of the 15th century, and then for some three centuries Cidade Velha became the Islands' capital, and a major hub of the Atlantic Slave Trade, with thousands of Africans transhipped each year to the Americas. Alcatrazes founded almost at the same time failed after a generation and the area abandoned according to historical sources, although excavations have found remains of Luso-african habitations post-abandonment.

Job Titles

Professor of Archaeology
Director of Studies, Jesus College

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Material Culture
Archaeological Theory
Heritage Management
Cultural Heritage

Contact Details

Office: 1.6
West Building
01223 (3)33522

Affiliations

Person keywords: 
Conflict
Reconsrtuction
Politics
Identity
Domestic Life
Gender Archaeology
Cape Verde
European Prehistory
Subjects: 
Heritage Studies
Themes: 
Material Culture
Heritage
Geographical areas: 
Europe
Periods of interest: 
Other Prehistory
Post-Medieval