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Zentrum für Baltische und Skandinavische Archäologie

Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen
Schloss Gottorf
D-24837 Schleswig

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cand. scient. Helene Agerskov Rose

SFB project
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I am part of the CRC 1266 “Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies”

We take a long-term perspective, from 15,000 BCE to 1 BCE investigating processes of transformation in a crucial period of human history, from late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers to early state societies.

My PhD project is based within sub project G1, where we are concerned with identifying chronological questions relevant to transformation research and developing tools and concepts for dealing with them.



My working title:

Bayesian chronological modelling of the transition from late Bronze Age to early Iron Age in the cross-border region of Schleswig

This project will challenge the traditional chronological framework of the transition period late Bronze Age to early pre-Roman Iron Age in Schleswig (DK-DE), by applying Bayesian chronological modelling to a large number of radiocarbon dates.

The transition from Bronze to Iron Age in Southern Scandinavia is a continuous trend when looking at settlements and ceramic types, but the introduction of urnfield sites is an entirely new cultural trait. Because of cremation being the dominant burial form and the presence of the so-called ´Hallstatt plateau´ on the 14C calibration curve there is very few radiocarbon dates from this period, and as a direct result very little work has been done testing the typo-chronologies. The present project will challenge this ´Hallstatt plateau´ and to achieve this a large number of cremation burials will be radiocarbon dated and the results analysed using Bayesian chronological modelling. Hopefully, by the end of the project it will be possible to give an absolute chronological model for the given transition period and to clarify whether the existing typo-chronologies need alterations.



  • 2016 - : PhD student at ZBSA, Schloss Gottorf
  • 2013, 2016: Maternity leave
  • 2009-2014: Contract archaeology
  • 2009: Cand.scient. (MSc) in Biological Anthropology, Southern  Denmark University
  • 2007-08: Max Planck Institute of Demography, Rostock (PhD courses in Survival Analysis and Historical Demography)

  • 2007: Exchange student at UCL, Institute of Archaeology (Dental Anthropology, Zooarchaeology etc.)

  • 2006: BA in Prehistoric Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, Aarhus University



Søvsø, M. og H.A. Madsen, 2012. Anne, storrygeren. Skalk, no.3, p. 8-10.

Madsen, H.A., 2011. Doktorhaven – en gravplads i Spjald midtby. Opdatering 2010. Årbog for Varde Omegn og By Museum, 2011, p. 81-86.

Madsen, H.A. & M. Søvsø, 2010. Liv og død i Ribe omkring år 1700. By, mark og geest, vol. 22, p.56-75.

Madsen, H.A., 2009. Operationen lykkedes... Skalk, 2009, no.5, p.13-15.