Dr Charlotta Hillerdal

Dr Charlotta Hillerdal
Dr Charlotta Hillerdal
Dr Charlotta Hillerdal

MA (Uppsala), PhD (Uppsala)

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs


Department of Archaeology School of Geosciences University of Aberdeen St. Mary’s, Elphinstone Rd Aberdeen, AB24 3UF Scotland, UK Room 204


Originally from Sweden I studied archaeology in Uppsala and maritime archaeology in Stockholm. I went on to do a PhD in Archaeology at Uppsala University (2009). In 2006 I worked as a commercial archaeologist in Canada. In 2010 I was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, University of Aberdeen. I am programme coordinator for the MScs in Archaeology and Archaeology of the North.


Research Overview

My research spans archaeological theory, Indigenous- and community archaeology, Late Iron Age Scandinavia, and the Viking diaspora. My overarching research interest concerns the archaeology of social identity – in the past and the present, and the relationship between the past and the present in heritage discourses. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Archaeology.

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Accepting PhDs

Current Research

With a background in Scandinavian Viking Age archaeology, my current research mainly focuses on Arctic Archaeology, and more specifically Yup’ik in Southwestern Alaska. My field of interest ranges from theoretical approaches to Indigenous Archaeology, to Community Archaeology and Heritage, and field-based archaeology. I am working intimately with a local indigenous community on the collaborative Nunalleq project, excavating a pre-contact Yup’ik village site critically endangered by the warming climate. The Nunalleq excavation has yielded the largest collection of archaeological material ever recovered from Alaska, and has entirely changed our knowledge of pre-contact Yup’ik history. Most recently I have been focussing on a co-created educational resource based on the archaeological material and integrating scientific and local interpretations and narratives, for the local and regional schools, and am continuing this in the development of a Digital Museum for the Nunalleq collection. I have recently started to refocus my interest on Late Iron Age/Early Medieval Scandinavia.




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  • Giving the Past a Future: community archaeology, youth engagement and heritage in Quinhagak, Alaska

    Hillerdal, C., Watterson, A., Williams, M. A., Strunk, L. A., Cleveland, J. N.
    Études Inuit Studies, vol. 46, no. 2
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Honouring Ancestry, Celebrating Presence - the Grand Opening of the Nunalleq Culture and Archaeology Center

    Hillerdal, C., Mossolova, A., Knecht, R., Jones, W.
    Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Activity Areas or Conflict Episode? Interpreting the Spatial Patterning of Lice and Fleas at the Precontact Yup’ik Site of Nunalleq (16-17th Centuries AD, Alaska)

    Forbes, V., Huchet, J., Gómez Coutouly, Y. A., Masson-MacLean, J., Masson-MacLean, E., Britton, K., Hillerdal, C., Knecht, R., Ledger, P., Mcmanus-Fry, E. T.
    Études Inuit Studies, vol. 43, no. 1-2, pp. 197-221
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Nunalleq, Stories from the Village of Our Ancestors: Co-designing a multi-vocal educational resource based on an archaeological excavation

    Watterson, A., Hillerdal, C.
    Archaeologies, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 198-227
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Negotiating narrative in a newly settled Norse landscape: An emic perspective on Norse reuse of ancient monuments on the Northern Isles of Scotland

    Hillerdal, C.
    Re-imagining Periphery. Hillerdal, C., Ilves, K. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. 157-168, 12 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Re-imagining periphery: Sketching out new fairways for researching the Iron Age North

    Hillerdal, C., Ilves, K.
    Re-imagining Periphery. Hillerdal, C., Ilves, K. (eds.). Oxbow Books, pp. vii-xii, 6 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Re-imagining Periphery: Archaeology and Text in Northern Europe from Iron Age to Viking and Early Medieval Periods

    Hillerdal, C. (ed.), Ilves, K. (ed.)
    Oxbow Books, Oxford. 200 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Introduction

    Britton, K., Knecht, R., Hillerdal, C.
    Études Inuit Studies, vol. 43, no. 1-2, pp. 15-24
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Nunalleq: Archaeology, Climate Change, and Community Engagement in a Yup’ik Village

    Hillerdal, C., Knecht, R., Jones, W.
    Arctic Anthropology, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 4-17
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Past in the Yup’ik Present: Archaeologies of Climate Change in Western Alaska

    Britton, K. (ed.), Knecht, R. (ed.), Hillerdal, C. (ed.)
    Presses de l'Université Laval, Laval. 335 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
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