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Trine Kellberg Nielsen - New Associate Professor at the Department of Archeaology and Heritage Studies

Supported by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Sapere Aude Research Leader grant scheme, Trine will be working on the four-year research project: NeanderEDGE.

15.12.2020 | Camilla Dimke

I am an archaeologist specialized in our extinct human relatives, Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis). My research focuses mainly on the northern distribution of Neanderthals and what we can learn about their adaptive abilities through biogeography, land-use, mobility, and behavior. Since my PhD, which I obtained at Aarhus University in 2016, I have been abroad in Germany working at the Neanderthal Museum and Cologne University as a postdoc. In 2019 I returned to Denmark and Moesgaard Museum, where I took on the role as project lead on the special exhibition on Neanderthals, open from November 17th 2020 until August 1st 2021. It has been wonderful to get the opportunity to disseminate my own research topic so widely and a great chance to get in touch with the community interested in the research going on at the university.  

Now I am back where it all began, at the School of Culture and Society - Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Moesgaard Campus. Supported by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Sapere Aude Research Leader grant scheme, I am excited to start the four-year research project: NeanderEDGE. This project “Responding to a changing world: Neanderthal Extinction and Dispersal in Glacial Extremes (NeanderEDGE)” investigates how our closest extinct relative, the Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis), responded to the extreme climatic instability of the last glaciation at the northern edge of their distribution. Crucial focus is on establishing the northern Neanderthal distribution boundary and on understanding human biogeographical-, adaptive- and extinction dynamics in times of extreme climate change. Through the building of a unique database resource; developing of a new theoretically refined approach; execution of geoarchaeological groundtruthing and field surveying; novel behaviour-ecological distribution modelling; as well as international collaboration and outreach, this project develops a new research agenda and delivers a deep-time perspective on contemporary quandaries of human-climate interaction and extinction risks at multiple spatiotemporal scales. 


Trine Kellberg Nielsen
Institut for Kultur og Samfund
Moesgård Allé 20bygning 4215, 119
8270 Højbjerg