Ingrid Berg

Ingrid Berg


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Works at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
Telephone 08-16 13 10
Visiting address Wallenberglaboratoriet, Lilla Frescativägen 7
Room 352a
Postal address Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Since 2017, Dr Ingrid Berg (born in 1981) is a postdoctoral fellow financed by the Research School for Studies in Cultural History. She defended her PhD thesis entitled Kalaureia 1894. A Cultural History of the First Swedish Excavation in Greece at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University in 2016. In her thesis she discussed archaeology as a cultural practice at the turn of the 20th century, with particular focus on intersectional power relations. She also analyzed how Classical Archaeology in Sweden has shaped its own historiography. In 2013, she had a scholarship at the Swedish Institute at Athens and she was a member of the Kalaureia Research Program on Poros, Greece between 2008-2012. She has previously studied Archaeology, Classical Archaeology and Anthropology at Lund University (Sweden), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA) and at Bilkent University (Turkey). She graduated with a MA in Archaeology at Lund University in 2006. She has previously worked in field projects in Peru, Portugal, Greece and Denmark. 

Research Interests

  • ​History of archaeology - particularly Swedish archaeology in the Mediterranean
  • Critical heritage studies
  • Public archaeology
  • Archaeological ethnography

Current project

Moving Abu Simbel – Transnational Networks in the Construction of a World Heritage Site analyzes the salvage operation of two temples in southern Egypt in the 1960s. The aim of the project is two-fold: First, I will map the network of different actors, agencies, institutions and corporations involved in the planning, execution and aftermath of the relocation of Abu Simbel. I want to understand how international collaboration functioned in practice at Abu Simbel and how the discourse of transnational heritage was discussed/created through the dialogue between the various stake holders. I will use Swedish archaeologists, companies and institutions active in the relocation of Abu Simbel as a case study in order to reflect upon the bigger issues of post-Second World War transnationalism. The second aim is to analyze how the transnational discourse around Abu Simbel can be understood in its historical and contemporary social and political setting.  Moving Abu Simbel has the potential of offering a heritage aspect to Swedish economic history, while adding a dimension of corporate agency to the history of archaeology. In addition, it offers a historical perspective to current debates on transnational heritage, i.e. a historization of UNESCO’s international ambitions and claims of global heritage.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • Thesis (Doc) Kalaureia 1894
    2016. Ingrid Berg (et al.).

    The excavation of the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Kalaureia in 1894 marks the beginning of Swedish archaeological fieldwork in Greece. During a couple of hot summer months, two philologists from Uppsala University, Sam Wide (1861-1918) and Lennart Kjellberg (1857-1936), worked in the sanctuary together with the architect Sven Kristenson (1858-1937), the Greek foreman Pankalos and around twenty local workmen. In 1997, the Swedish Institute at Athens began new excavations at the sanctuary.

    This thesis examines the beginnings of Swedish fieldwork in Greece. Within the framework of a cultural history of archaeology, inspired by archaeological ethnography and the New Cultural History, it explores how archaeology functioned as a cultural practice in the late nineteenth century. A micro-historical methodology makes use of a wide array of different source material connected to the excavation of 1894, its prelude and aftermath.

    The thesis takes the theoretical position that the premises for archaeological knowledge production are outcomes of contemporary power structures and cultural politics. Through an analysis of how the archaeologists constructed their self-images through a set of idealized stereotypes of bourgeois masculinity, academic politics of belonging is highlighted. The politics of belonging existed also on a national level, where the Swedish archaeologists entered into a competition with other foreign actors to claim heritage sites in Greece. The idealization of classical Greece as a birthplace of Western values, in combination with contemporary colonial and racist cultural frameworks in Europe, created particular gazes through which the modern country was appropriated and judged. These factors all shaped the practices through which archaeological knowledge was created at Kalaureia.

    Some excavations tend to have extensive afterlives through the production of histories of archaeology. Therefore, this thesis also explores the representations of the 1894 excavation in the historiography of Swedish classical archaeology. It highlights the strategies by which the excavation at Kalaureia has served to legitimize further Swedish engagements in Greek archaeology, and explores the way in which historiography shapes our professional identities.

  • 2015. Justin Jennings (et al.). Tenahaha and the Wari State, 70-92
  • 2014. Ingrid Berg. Svensk antikforskning vid Medelhavet, 40-44
  • 2013. Ingrid Berg. Hellenika (145), 11-13
  • 2013. Ingrid Berg. Making cultural history, 173-183
  • Chapter Kalaureia 1894
    2012. Ingrid Berg. Att återupptäcka det glömda
  • 2017. Ingrid Berg.
  • 2019. Ingrid Berg. Medusa. Svensk tidsskrift för antiken 40 (1), 24-31
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Last updated: October 3, 2019

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