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Maria Persson


Maria Persson
+46 31 786 4645

Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 41261 Göteborg

Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Eklandagatan 86 , 412 61 Göteborg

About Maria Persson

I finished my PhD-thesis, Memories of our time. Archaeology, Materiality and Contemporary History, in 2014. In addition, I have a BA in History and an MA in Archaeology from the University of Gothenburg.

Current position

Researcher in the project "Exploring European Cultural Heritage for fostering academic teaching and social responsibility in Higher Education".


My main areas of research are Archaeology of the Recent Past, Modern Conflict Archaeology, War Heritage, and Heritage Studies.

Doctoral Degree

Dissertation: Memories of our time. Archaeology, Materiality and Contemporary History

I completed my PhD at the University of Gothenburg in 2014. The scope of my doctoral thesis was to problematise archaeology of the recent past as a field of research with emphasis on the development of methodology and the public potential that is inherent in this perspective (Persson 2014).

My doctoral thesis (with an English summary) can be found here:

Research Projects

I am currently working as a reseracher in the ERASMUS+ project "Exploring European Cultural Heritage for fostering academic teaching and social responsibility in Higher Education" (2018-2021). The aim of the project is to indicate how higher education can more effectively use the resources of cultural heritage, to promote its educational and social value and to implement its own mission of a socially engaged and responsible institution. More information can be found here:


In my post doc project (2016-2017) Neutral heritage? Materiality of World War Two in Sweden I  investigated how World War II was manifested and materialised in the Swedish landscape. The remains of this manifestation was considered from both an archaeological and a critical heritage perspective. This study includes both an investigation of how people relate to these remains today and an assessment of the heritage values that are inherent in these kinds of remains, for the present and the future. The study is based on interdisciplinary methods and the theoretical concept of materiality.

I am also working, together with Tony Axelsson, Anders Gustafsson and Håkan Karlsson, on the project “A Secret Cultural Heritage: remains of the Cold War in the county of Västergötland”. The scope of the project is to problematise the Swedish Cold War heritage and its materiality. Furthermore, the project aims to investigate the heritage processes connected to this material culture.

Latest publications

Samtidsarkeologi och konfliktfyllda kulturarv
Maria Persson
Byggnadskultur. Svenska byggnadsvårdsföreningens tidskrift, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Dödsort: Havet. Om krigsgravarna på Kvibergs kyrkogård
Maria Persson, Magnus Ljunge
Fynd. Tidskrift för Göteborgs Stadsmuseum och Fornminnesföreningen i Göteborg, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Kulturarv i rörelse
Maria Persson
Presentationer från Västarvet, Västarvet, Other 2018

I vår tid - arkeologiska spår och minnen
Maria Persson, Anders Berglund
Västergötlands Fornminnesförenings Tidsskrift , Magazine article 2018
Magazine article

Kalla krigets arkeologi - undersökning av Ledningsplats Björn
Tony Axelsson, Anders Gustafsson, Håkan Karlsson, Maria Persson
Fynd. Tidskrift för Göteborgs Stadsmuseum och Fornminnesföreningen i Göteborg, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

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Barbed Wire and White Buses
Maria Persson
EAA Glasgow, Scotland, 2-3 September 2015. Abstract Book, Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution


Arkeologiska perspektiv på romers och resandes historia
Maria Persson
Vägskälens kulturarv - kulturarv vid vägskäl. Om att skapa plats för romer och resande i kulturarvet, Göteborg, Makadam förlag, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Kyrskeppet i Ljung: Vrakspillror av en skeppssättning
Maria Persson
Alexandersson, Henrik, Andreeff, Alexander & Bünz, Annika (red.). Med hjärta och hjärna. En vänbok till professor Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh. , Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

Materialising Skatås - archaeology of a Second World War refugee camp in Sweden
Maria Persson
Ruin memories. Materialities, aesthetics and the archaeology of the recent past / edited by Bjørnar Olsen and Þóra Pétursdóttir, Oxon, Routledge, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book


The Management of Heritage Sites - in Need of a Vital Spark?
Maria Persson, Anita Synnestvedt
Counterpoint: Essays in Archaeology and Heritage Studies in Honour of Professor Kristian Kristiansen. Sophie Bergerbrant and Serena Sabatini (eds.), Oxford, Archaeopress, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book


Patronhylsor från Skatås
Maria Persson
FYND Tidskrift för Göteborgs stadsmuseum och Fornminnesföreningen i Göteborg, Magazine article 2012
Magazine article


Interpretation of heritage sites - in need of a vital spark?
Anita Synnestvedt, Maria Persson
konferensen EAA (european association of archaeologists) Oslo sptember 2011, Conference paper 2011
Conference paper

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