Louise Felding - New PhD student at the Department of Archaeology

As of 1 September Louise Felding is enrolled as PhD student at CAS with the project: "Mobility as Social Construct. New Aspects of Social Roles of Women in the Bronze Age".

21.09.2016 | Camilla Dimke

Louise Felding is a new PhD student at CAS working on the project: ‘Mobility as Social Construct. New Aspects of Social Roles of Women in the Bronze Age’. The PhD is co-funded between VejleMuseerne, Aarhus University, the Cultural Heritage Ministry (KFU) and the National Museum Denmark.

My research is focused on the Early Bronze Age in Scandinavia, and my PhD project ‘Mobility as Social Construct. New Aspects of Social Roles of Women in the Bronze Age’ seeks to investigate the social roles and identities of women, in particular in relation to the Egtved Girl and the dynamics of mobility in Bronze Age society. The focal point of the study is the oak-coffin burials from the early Nordic Bronze Age, with reference to the votive depositions and iconography of the period.  The projects aims to identify and explore several social identities in the archaeological material and relate these to women’s mobility, both within the social hierarchy of society as well as physical movement over geographical distances. The project is spanning the fields of natural, social and archaeological sciences, and seeks to add a social dimension and cultural context to the scientific isotopic tracing methodologies.

I am an archaeologist from Copenhagen University where I graduated in 2009 with a magisterkonferens in prehistoric archaeology, specialising in landscape analyses of prehistoric rock art. Since my graduation I have been working on projects across Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Since 2013 I have been employed with VejleMuseerne.

Main supervisor: Helle Vandkilde (AU)
Co-supervisor: Karin M. Frei (National Museum Denmark)

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