Project leader


Dr Stian Suppersberger Hamre BA, MSc, PhD

My name is Stian Suppersberger Hamre and I am in charge of this project. I was born in Bergen in 1973 and I¬†lived here until I went on an educational journey around the world. In 1998 I moved to Australia to do my bachelor’s degree¬†at the University of New England. I graduated from UNE in 2001 with a BA in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology. Later that year I moved to England and started my MSc in Forensic and Biological Anthropology at Bournemouth University. I graduated from BU in 2003 with the master’s thesis “Bilateral asymmetry as a means of reassembling commingled human remains: a study of the long bones of the upper and lower limbs”. In the absence of a better option I moved back to Bergen shortly after I graduated to start looking for PhD opportunities.¬†These being hard to come by, I did various¬†things to make a living until I finally succeeded in landing a PhD position at the Centre for Medieval Studies at¬†the University of¬†Bergen in 2007.¬†In January 2011 I handed in my doctoral dissertation which I successfully defended i August the same¬†year. My PhD thesis was entitled “Burial practices in early Christian Norway. An osteoarchaeological study into differences and similarities between four burial assemblages.” and¬†is freely available in BORA (Bergen Open Research Archive).

Since 2007 I have also been the forensic anthropologist for the Kaprolat committee at the University of Bergen. This committee was set up to search for, recover and identify the Norwegian soldiers who fell during a battle on the Kaprolat and Hasselman hills in Russian Karelia in June 1944. The committee’s work is now nearing its¬†end and will be completed¬†with the publication of a book dealing with the particulars of the project and its wider implications.

On the odd occasion I also do work for the police whenever human skeletal remains show up where they’re¬†not supposed to.¬†This is not something that¬†happens very often around here and as much as I¬†find this kind of work interesting and enjoyable,¬†for¬†society as a whole its infrequent¬†occurance is a good thing.

Have a look at my profile in Cristin (academic results) or my CV.


Immigration and mobility in mediaeval and post-mediaeval Norway
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen

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