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Serena Sabatini


Serena Sabatini
+46 31 786 5217

Room number: J526
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 Serena Sabatini

Current position
Research fellow (see current research projects) and Lecturer.

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

  • European and Mediterranean Bronze Age (Summer 2018)
  • Introduction to archaeology (Autumn 2016)
  • Archaeology: Intermediate course - Archaeology and society (Spring 2019, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017, Autumn 2016)
  • Children, Youth and Archaeology (Spring 2016, Spring 2015) 
  • Mediterranean Prehistory (Autumn 2015, Spring 2014, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2009)
  • Archaeology: Introductory course - Nordic Prehistory and Early history (Spring 2019, Autumn 2018, Spring 2018, Autumn 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2009, Autumn 2008)

List of courses in which I am/have been actively involved for specific classes on topics chosen by course coordinators:

  • Textiles in pre-mrden societies (Autumn 2018)
  • Archaeological fieldwork in the Mediterranean regions (Summer 2017)
  • Archaeology: Introductory course (Autumn 2016)
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History: Intermediate course - Ancient Art and Archaeology (Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Autumn 2016, Spring 2015, Autumn 2014)
  • Fashion and clothing history: from prehistory to 1900 (Autumn 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014)
  • Man and Sea: Historical and Archaeological Perspective (Autumn 2014, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2010)

Since 2010 I have been supervising students’ bachelor theses in Archaeology. In collaboration with the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Gothenburg I also examined and supervised a number of first-cycle theses from the Teacher Training Program.

Other research interests
I am very interested in pedagogy and didactics both at the university level and in the school system. I am also interested in cultural heritage studies.

Doctoral Degree
University of Gothenburg, 2007. Dissertation title: House urns. A European Late Bronze Age Trans-cultural Phenomenon. The research was concerned with the study of the so-called Late Bronze Age North European house urns. In addition to comprehensive and systematic analyses of the archeological evidence, the study examined issues of transculturality and long- distance relations throughout Europe (Sabatini 2007).

Current Research Project
2016-2019. In 2015, together with Karin Frei, and Sophie Bergerbrant (main applicant) I submitted the project - Bronze Age wool economy: production, trade, environment, husbandry and society (THESP)  which was funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. The project is 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. My work aims 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 within The Rise project

2017-2022. In the coming years, and in particular from 2019 and onwards, I will be 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 will be primarily working with issues of Bronze Age transformations from Middle to Late Bronze Age and the end of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean and in Southern Scandinavia.

Recently concluded research projects

In the past few years, I have been working on and/or coordinating various projects.

  • 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 BC. The study analyses textile-related material culture from three different sites: Montale (MO), Italy; Midea, Greece; and Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus.
  • 2012-2013. Tales from the beach forest: Laser scanning at Monte Cimino (VT), Italy, financed by the KVVS, Göteborg.
  • 2008-2012. Tracing transculturality in burial contexts. Sala Consilina: a community in between, financed by Stiftelsen Enboms Donationsfond/Kungl. Vitterhetsakademien.
  • 2008-2010. The archaeological heritage between local and trans-cultural values, financed by Lundgrenska Stiftelserna.
  • 2009-2013. From West Sweden to Europe and back… Interactions, exchanges and the transcultural character of Bronze Age material culture, financed by Göteborgs Universitets Jubileumsfonden.

Latest publication

Sabatini, S. 2018 Wool economy during the European Bronze Age. Światowit, Annual of the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw LVI (2017), 43-55.

Sabatini, S., Earle, T. & Cardarelli, A. 2018 Bronze Age textile and wool economy: The case of the Terramare site of Montale, Italy. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 84, 359-385.

Sabatini, S. 2018. Textile productions tools. In P. Fischer, T. Bürge (eds), Two Late Cypriot City Quarters at Hala Sultan Tekke. The Söderberg Expedition 2010—2017 (Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology 147), Uppsala: Åströms Editions, 431-456.

Forthcoming Publications

Sabatini, S. & Bergerbrant, S. (eds). The Textile revolution in Bronze Age Europe, Cambridge University Press. 

Sabatini, S. Weaving in Bronze Age Italy: The Case of hte Terramare settlement at Montale. In Sabatini, S. & Bergerbrant, S. (eds), The Textile revolution in Bronze Age Europe, Cambridge University Press.

Latest publications

Weaving in Bronze Age Italy: the Case of the Terramare settlement at Montale
Serena Sabatini
The Textile Revolution in Bronze Age Europe / edited by Serena Sabatini, Sophie Bergerbrant., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Textile Production and Specialisation in Bronze Age Europe
Serena Sabatini, Sophie Bergerbrant
The Textile Revolution in Bronze Age Europe: Production, Specialisation, Consumption / edited by Serena Sabatini, Sophie Bergerbrant., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Välkommen till ullåldern
Sophie Bergerbrant, Serena Sabatini
Populär arkeologi, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Approaching sheep herds origins and the emergence of the wool economy in continental Europe during the Bronze Age
Serena Sabatini, Sophie Bergerbrant, L. Brandt, A. Margaryan, M. E. Allentoft
Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Late Bronze Age long distance exchanges, agency, and the house urn from the so-called Wickbold 1 mound.
Serena Sabatini
Der Grabhügel von Seddin im norddeutschen und südskandinavischen Kontext : Internationale Konferenz / International Conference, 16. bis 20. Juni 2014, Brandenburg an der Havel (2018) / Svend Hansen und Franz Schopper (Hrsg.) , Wünsdorf , Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Conference paper 2018
Conference paper

Textile production tools
Serena Sabatini
Fischer, P.M. & Bürger, T. (eds), Two Late Cypriot City Quarters at Hala Sultan Tekke. The Söderberg Expedition 2010—2017, Uppsala, Aström Editions , Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Bronze Age Textile & Wool Economy: The Case of the Terramare Site of Montale, Italy
Serena Sabatini, Timothy Earle, Andrea Cardarelli
Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Wool economy during the European Bronze Age.
Serena Sabatini
Światowit, Annual of the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Intentionally made. Objects as composite indexes of agency and the case of the Late Bronze Age house urns.
Serena Sabatini
Bergerbrant, S. & Wessman, A. (eds), New Perspectives on the Bronze Age. Proceedings from the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium, held in Gothenburg 9th June to 13th June 2015., Oxford, Archaeopress Archaeology, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

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Local and transcultural burial practices in Northern Europe in the Late Bronze Age: Face, house and face/door urns
Serena Sabatini
Exchange networks and local transformations. Interaction and local change in Europe and the Mediterranean from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age, Oxford UK, Oxbow Books, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

'Riflessioni' dal baltico. Scambi e tradizioni durante l'età del bronzo dall'altra parte del continente
Serena Sabatini
Φιλική Συναυλία Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology for Mario Benzi, Oxford UK, Archaeopress, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Uluburuns och Kap Gelidonyas skeppsvrack
Serena Sabatini
En maritim värld - från stenåldern till idag, Göteborg, Bricoleur Press, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Sophie Bergerbrant, Serena Sabatini
Counterpoint: Essays in Archaeology and Heritage Studies in Honour of Professor Kristian Kristiansen, Oxford, Archaeopress, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book


House urns : Study of a late Bronze Age trans-cultural phenomenon
Serena Sabatini
Göteborg, Göteborg University, Doctoral thesis 2007
Doctoral thesis

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