Dr. Helene Agerskov Rose

Helene Agerskov Rose

E-Mail: helene.rose@zbsa.eu • Telefon: +49/(0)4621/813 – 667 • Fax: +49/(0)4621/813 – 535

I am a postdoctoral researcher specialised in scientific dating, Bayesian chronological modelling and mortuary archaeology. I have a background in biological anthropology and have investigated human remains from Early Iron Age up until c. AD 1800. This is particularly useful when dating past events by 14C dating of human remains, as I did in PhD dissertation where I presented the first large-scale 14C dataset in support of the chronological framework of the Early Pre-Roman Iron Age in Southern Jutland, Denmark.

I have since 2016 worked at the ZBSA as part of the DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre (CRC 1266) ‘Scales of Transformation: Human-Environmental Interaction in Prehistoric and Archaic Societies’. I am based within sub project G1 ‘Scales of transformations’, which is concerned with identifying chronological questions relevant to transformation research and developing tools and concepts for dealing with these.

I am the principal investigator of the URNFIELD network project, where we investigate an Early Iron Age funerary tradition in the German-Danish border region. The project involves a number of collaborators from Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium and seeks to inform the public of the shared cultural heritage.

Academic degrees

PhD in Bayesian chronological modelling, Kiel University
Dissertation: Bayesian chronological modelling of the early Iron Age in Southern Jutland, Denmark

M.Sc. in Biological Anthropology, Southern Denmark University
Dissertation: Stature estimation – a comparative study of Danish populations AD 1050-1700

B.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology, Aarhus University

Academic career

Postdoctoral researcher at ZBSA in the project CRC 1266 Scales of Transformations

PhD student at ZBSA in the project CRC 1266 Scales of Transformations

Contract archaeology

Student assistant at ADBOU, Southern Denmark University / University College London

M.Sc. studies in Biological Anthropology at Southern Denmark University, ERASMUS exchange studies at University College London, studies at Max Planck Institute of Demography, Rostock

Contract archaeology, student assistant

B.A. studies in Prehistoric Archaeology at Aarhus University


The URNFIELD network project funded by Interreg Deutschland-Danmark

Joint recipient of a research grant from the ‘Queen Margrethe II Archaeological Foundation’

ERASMUS exchange student stipend


Rose HA, Müller-Scheeßel N, Meadows J, Hamann C (in review) Radiocarbon dating and Hallstatt chronology: a Bayesian chronological model for the burial sequence at Dietfurt an der Altmühl ‘Tennisplatz’, Bavaria, Germany.

Villumsen S, Haase K, Torfing T, Søndergaard M, Rose HA (accepted) Bayesiansk kronologisk modellering som redskab i den lovpligtige arkæologi. KUML

Rose HA (2020) Bayesian chronological modelling of the Early Iron Age in Southern Jutland, Denmark. Doctoral thesis, Kiel University, Kiel.

Rose HA, Meadows J, Henriksen MB (2020) Bayesian modeling of wood-age offsets in cremated bone. Radiocarbon 62 (2):379-401. doi:10.1017/RDC.2020.3

Rose HA, Meadows J, Palstra SWL, Hamann C, Boudin M, Huels M (2019) Radiocarbon Dating Cremated Bone: A Case Study Comparing Laboratory Methods. Radiocarbon 61 (5):1581-1591. doi:10.1017/RDC.2019.70

Meadows J, Müller-Scheeßel N, Cheben I, Rose HA, Furholt M (2019) Temporal dynamics of Linearbandkeramik houses and settlements, and their implications for detecting the environmental impact of early farming. The Holocene 29:1653–1670. doi:10.1177/0959683619857239

Rose HA, Meadows J, Bjerregaard M (2018) High-Resolution Dating of a Medieval Multiple Grave. Radiocarbon 60 (5):1547-1559. doi:10.1017/RDC.2018.43

Søvsø M, Madsen HA (2012) Anne, storrygeren. Skalk 2012 (3):8–10

Madsen HA (2010) Doktorhaven : en gravplads i Spjald midtby. Opdatering:81–86

Madsen HA, Søvsø M (2010) Liv og død i Ribe omkring år 1700. By, mark og geest 22:56–75

Madsen HA (2009) Operationen lykkedes. Skalk 2009 (5):13–15