Kristian Kristiansen 


Kristian Kristiansen, since 1994 professor of archaeology (chair) at the department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, since 2020 affiliate professors at Globe Institute, Lundbech Center for Geogenetics, Copenhagen University.

“I am a broad-minded interdisciplinary researcher. My research combines grand narratives with in depth studies of local settlements, and collaboration with scientists. In my recent ERC advanced Grant: ‘The Rise’, (2011-2016), I collaborated with geneticists, (the Eske Willerlev team in Copenhagen) as well as scientists doing strontium isotopic research (Karin Frei and Doug Price), and this collaboration is now continued in my new project ‘Towards a new European Prehistory’, funded by the Swedish Riksbank foundation (2017-2022). I am now starting on a New ERC Synergy grant from May 2021 Corex: from correlations to explanations, in collaboration with UCL and Geogenetics Copenhagen, where we combine Big Data modelling with in depth local studies including eDNA. Throughout my career I have also been engaged in various capacities in archaeological heritage, which most recently resulted in the formation and funding of a Centre for Critical Heritage Studies at GU which I directed until 2019, since then as deputy (”

Aren M. Maeir 


Aren M. Maeir is a professor of archaeology and head of the Institute of Archaeology at the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. He has directed the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project ( for 25 years, co-directs the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times (RIAB;, is director of the Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies at Bar-Ilan University, and co-edits the Israel Exploration Journal. He has written and edited some 15 books and close to 300 articles. Among his recent publications: Maeir, A. M., Shai, I., and McKinny, C., eds. 2019. The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan. Berlin: De Gruyter; Berlejung, A., and Maeir, A. M., eds. 2019. Research on Israel and Aram: Autonomy, Interdependence and Related Issues. Proceedings of the First Annual RIAB Center Conference, Leipzig, June 2016. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck; Maeir, A. M., and Uziel, J., eds. 2020. Tell es-Safi/Gath II: Excavations and Studies. Ägypten und Altes Testament 105. Münster: Zaphon.

Jan Gerrit Dercksen  DERCKSENPHOTO

Jan Gerrit Dercksen is lecturer in Assyriology in the Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in 1996 on the analysis of the Old Assyrian trade in copper. His particular interest is the economy of Assyria and Babylonia.