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Mikkel Sørensen

Mikkel Sørensen

Associate Professor

My principal research topics are


  • Prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies of northern Europe  and the eastern Arctic
  • Climate change research in human science
  • Prehistoric Lithic Technology
  • the Chaine operatorie methodology


Ongoing and previous research projects

  • 2008 – (ongoing). Pioneer settlements and lithic technology in Scandinavia during the Mesolithic period (9600-4000BC). The project is part of the Nordic Blade Technology Network.


  • 2009-2012. “The human factor in climate change”. Objective: Climate change and human strategy: Arctic hunter-gatherer in a long term perspective. Post.doc. University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology.


  • 2007-2009. The GeoArk Project, - Climate, Man and Environment in Northeast Greenland. Objective: to understand the cultural history in Northeastern Greenland in relation to changes in environment and climate during the Holocene. Post.doc at SILA-The Arctic research centre at the National Museum of Denmark. The Geo-Ark Project is an interdisciplinary project between the Humanities, the Natural sciences, researchers from Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Copenhagen and the Zoological Museum, SNM, University of Copenhagen. (August 1, 2007 – May 1,2009, (full time))


  • 2006-2007. The Archaeology of Old Nuulliit: Eigil Knuth’s investigations in the Thule region, North Greenland, from 1952 – 1990.Objective: to investigate, re-interpret and publish the material and information from E.Knuths field research at Nuulliit, Thule. Post.doc at SILA-The Arctic research centre at the National Museum of Denmark. Project financed by the Peary Land Foundation and SILA. (October 1, 2006 – July 30, 2007, (from October – December half time, from December to July full time))


  • 2002-2006. Technology and Tradition in the Eastern Arctic 2500 BC – 1200 AD. Objective: to analyse the lithic technology in the palaeo-Eskimo traditions of the Eastern Arctic, using a dynamical technological methodology and the chaîne opératoire concept. Phd. Project, University of Copenhagen, financed by SILA – the Greenland Research Centre at the National Museum of Denmark. (March 1, 2002 – November 1, 2005 (full time))

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