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Malou Blank

Doctoral student

Malou Blank
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 1867

Room number: J556
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Malou Blank

I have been a PhD-candidate in archaeology since September 2013. In 2006, I received my master’s degree at the University of Gothenburg, where I also studied social anthropology. Between 2011 and 2013, I was employed by the Department of Historical Studies to work with various tasks and projects, including the registration of artefacts and the construction of a database.

I have also worked as a teacher on excavation seminars and am involved in a number of research projects: Middle Neolithic Ceramics in Falbygden, A pilot study using elemental analysis (XRF) (Imelda Bakunic Fridén & Malou Blank), Neolithic lifeways (Sjögren & Axelsson), Contact (Klassen), Atlas project (Jakobsson, Götherström & Storå).


Working title: The use and reuse of megalithic graves in the Cambro-Silurian areas of southwestern Sweden. Collective burial practices during the Late Neolithic (2350-1700 BC).

The purpose of this research project is to investigate different aspects of various burial practices and, thereby, present a more dynamic picture of the Late Neolithic. The reuse of Middle Neolithic passage graves is given special attention, as well as the introduction and use of gallery graves.

Documentation, artefacts and preserved bone material from a number of excavated megalithic graves are the basis for this project. In order to provide new input to the study of burial practices, new osteological analyses, thin sections of bone, additional Ams-dates, and various diet isotope and strontium isotope analyses are included. Temporal changes and spatial variations will be in focus.

Latest publications

Tracing dietary change of the megalithic population in South-Western Sweden
Malou Blank
Müller, Johannes, Martin Hinz, Maria Wunderlich (eds): Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe,vol. 2. Proceedings of the international conference »Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe« (16th–20th June 2015) in Kiel., Bonn, Dr. Rudolf Habelt GmbH, Conference paper 2019
Conference paper

The lay of land: Strontium isotope variability in the dietary catchment of the Late Iron Age proto-urban settlement of Basel-Gasfabrik, Switzerland
D. Brönnimann, C. Knipper, S. L. Pichler, B. Röder, H. Rissanen et al.
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Early Neolithic Human Bog Finds from Falbygden, Western Sweden: New Isotopic, Osteological and Histological Investigations
Karl-Göran Sjögren, Torbjörn Ahlström, Malou Blank, T Douglas Price, Karin M Frei et al.
Journal of Neolithic Archaeology, Journal article 2017
Journal article

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Bronze Age burials in megalithic graves in Falbygden
Malou Blank
New perspectives on the Bronze Age: Proceedings of the 13th Nordic Bronze Age symposium held in Gothenburg 9th to 13th June 2015 / edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Anna Wessman., Oxford, Archaeopress Archaeology, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book


Prehistoric Activities in Megalithic Graves in Falbygden, Sweden.
Malou Blank
Lund Archaeological Review, Journal article 2016
Journal article


Döden i den bräckta lagunen : bland hundar och barn i Skateholm
Fredrik Fahlander, Malou Bäcklund Blank
Lik og ulik : tilnaerminger til variasjon i gravskikk. Red. Terje Østigård (Universitetet i Bergen. Arkeologiske skrifter. Nordisk 2), Bergen, Universitetet i Bergen, Chapter in book 2006
Chapter in book

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