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Serena Sabatini


Department of Historical
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Serena Sabatini

Current position Research fellow (see Current Research Projects) and Lecturer.

Teaching List of courses in which I work/worked as course coordinator (including teaching, examinations, coordination of seminars, and of student excursions):

  • Nordic and European Bronze Age
  • European and Mediterranean Bronze Age
  • Introduction to archaeology
  • Archaeology: Intermediate course - Archaeology and society 
  • Children, Youth and Archaeology
  • Mediterranean Prehistory
  • Archaeology: Introductory course - Nordic Prehistory and Early history
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: Intermediate course - Individual scientific assignment

List of courses in which I am/have been actively involved for specific sub-courses or classes:

  • Textiles in pre-modern societies
  • Archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean regions
  • Archaeology: Introductory course
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: Intermediate course - Ancient Art and Archaeology 
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: Intermediate course - Individual Student essays
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: Introductory course - Italic and Roman culture and society
  • Fashion and clothing history: from prehistory to 1900
  • Man and Sea: Historical and Archaeological Perspectiv


Current Research Projects

2017-2022. I am part of the international team of the The Rise II project (Towards a new European Prehistory. Integrating aDNA, isotopic investigations, language and archaeology to reinterpret key processes of change in the prehistory of Europe) directed by Professor Kristian Kristiansen and financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. I am primarily working with issues of social and cultural transformations throughout the Late Bronze Age in both the Mediterranean area and in Southern Scandinavia.

2018-today During fall 2018 together with a group of reserachers at the University of Gothenburg I initiated the Understanding Urban Identities (UUI) from the Bronze Age to the Roman time. The case of Vulci in the context of southern Etruria. The project is a research program (in progress) aiming at understanding the early history of the Etruscan settlement of Vulci in Southern Etruria, Italy.

Recently Concluded Projects

2016-2019. In 2015, Sophie Bergerbrant (University of Gothenburg), Karin M. Frei (National Museum of Denmark) and me submitted the project Bronze Age wool economy: production, trade, environment, husbandry and society (THESP)  which was funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The project has been characterized by a completely new approach to the issue of wool production and trade which takes into account and explores the human animal relation and the complex interplay between environment, culture and society beyond wool economy. The main purpose of my contribution was to shed light on the significance of Bronze Age wool economy at both a macro and micro scale in particular drawing upon the well-documented material from northern Italy, which has been one of the case studies I investigated already within The Rise project

2012-2016. post-doc fellowship within The Rise of Bronze Age societies project directed by Prof. Kristian Kristiansen and financed by an ERC advanced grant. The aim of my research was to examine evidence for textile production, use, and exchange in the Bronze Age with a particular attention to Southern Europe during the second millennium BCE. The study analyses textile-related material culture from three different sites: Montale (MO), Italy; Midea, Greece; and Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus.

Doctoral Degree

University of Gothenburg, 2007. Dissertation title: House urns. A European Late Bronze Age Trans-cultural Phenomenon. The dissertation contains comprehensive and systematic analyses of the so-called Late Bronze Age North European house urns. The study discuss also issues of transculturality and long- distance relations throughout Europe.