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Karl-Göran Sjögren


Karl-Göran Sjögren
+46 31 786 5264

Room number: J655
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 Karl-Göran Sjögren

Some of the central themes in my work have been the integration and development of computer-assisted methods and scientific analysis with the interpretation of archaeological data, with a focus on issues like social theory and prehistoric social organisation.

In empirical terms, my work has focussed on different aspects of the Stone Age in Sweden, particularly the Neolithic. A number or works relate to the remarkable concentration of megalithic tombs in the area of Falbygden, where a series of fieldworks have been carried out since the mid 1980’s, with the aim of elucidating the economic and social organisation of the societies that were building these monuments.

On-going work on has taken two directions. First, to revaluate burial practices in Scandinavian megalithic tombs using detailed recording and spatial analysis of human bones in the chambers, and second, to investigate the mobility of humans and domestic animals through isotope analyses. At present, I am also involved in the ERC project ”the Rise of Bronze Age Societies” (http://the-rise.se).

Selected research projects: Falbygdens gånggrifter (Persson & Sjögren 2001), Coast to Coast (published in the coast to coast book series), Anonymous Ancestors? (Ahström & Sjögren in prep), Elit eller kollektiv? (Sjögren, Price & Ahlström 2009).

Latest publications

Strontium and lead isotope studies of faunal and human remains from Kainsbakke and Kirial Bro
Karl-Göran Sjögren, Lutz Klassen, T Douglas Price, Bente Philippsen, Louise Wincentz
The Pitted Ware culture on Djursland. Supra-regional significance and contacts in the Middle Neolithic of southern Scandinavia, Århus, Aarhus university press, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Pest på Falbygden för 5000 år sedan
Karl-Göran Sjögren
Falbygden, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article

Middle Neolithic economy in Falbygden, Sweden. Preliminary results from Karleby Logården.
Karl-Göran Sjögren, Tony Axelsson, Maria Vretemark
Müller, Johannes, Martin Hinz, Maria Wunderlich (eds): Megaliths – Societies – Landscapes. Early Monumentality and Social Differentiation in Neolithic Europe,vol2. 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

Mapping human mobility during the third and second millennia BC in present-day Denmark
Karin M Frei, Sophie Bergerbrant, Karl-Göran Sjögren, Marie Louise Jörkov, Niels Lynnerup et al.
PLoS ONE, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The population history of northeastern Siberia since the Pleistocene
M. Sikora, V. V. Pitulko, V. C. Sousa, M. E. Allentoft, L. Vinner et al.
Nature, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Unraveling ancestry, kinship, and violence in a Late Neolithic mass grave
H. Schroeder, A. Margaryan, M. Szmyt, B. Theulot, P. Wlodarczak et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Journal article 2019
Journal article

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Early Mesolithic burials from Bohuslän, western Sweden
Karl-Göran Sjögren, Torbjörn Ahlström
J. M. Grünberg, B. Gramsch, L. Larsson, J. Orschiedt and H. Meller (eds): Mesolithic burials – Rites, symbols and social organisation of early postglacial communities. International Conference in Halle (Saale), Germany, 18th–21st September 2013, Langenweissbach, Beier & Beran, Conference paper 2017
Conference paper



Early Divergent Strains of Yersinia pestis in Eurasia 5,000 Years Ago
Simon Rasmussen, Morten Erik Allentoft, Kasper Nielsen, Ludovic Orlando, Martin Sikora et al.
Cell, Elsevier, Journal article 2015
Journal article

News from Frälsegården. Aspects of Neolithic burial practices
Karl-Göran Sjögren
Neolithic Diversities. Perspectives from a conference in Lund, Sweden. Kristian Brink, Susan Hydén, Kristina Jennbert, Lars Larsson & Deborah Olausson (red.), Conference contribution 2015
Conference contribution

Population genomics of Bronze Age Eurasia
M. E. Allentoft, M. Sikora, Karl-Göran Sjögren, S. Rasmussen, M. Rasmussen et al.
Nature, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Mortuary Practices, Bodies and Persons in Northern Europe
Karl-Göran Sjögren
The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe / edited by Chris Fowler, Jan Harding and Daniela Hofmann, Oxford, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book


Genomic Diversity and Admixture Differs for Stone-Age Scandinavian Foragers and Farmers
Pontus Skoglund, Helena Malmström, Ayca Omrak, Maanasa Raghavan, Cristina Valdiosera et al.
Science, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Naturforskning och arkeologi på 1840-talet: Om tidiga människobensfynd i Bohusläns skalbankar
Karl-Göran Sjögren
Med hjärta och hjärna. En vänbok till professor Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh / [redaktörer: Henrik Alexandersson, Alexander Andreeff & Annika Bünz], Göteborg, University of Gothenburg, Chapter in book 2014
Chapter in book

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