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Peter Fischer

Professor

Peter Fischer
Professor
archaeologi
peter.fischer@gu.se
+46 31 786 4354
0707-534317

Room number: J548
Postal Address: Box 200, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg
Duties: Research, archaeological field schools


Department of Historical Studies (More Information)
Box 200
405 30 Göteborg
www.historiskastudier.gu.se
historia@gu.se
Visiting Address: Renströmsgatan 6 , 412 55 Göteborg

About Peter Fischer

Research projects

1. The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition. Excavations at the Late Cypriote city of Hala Sultan Tekke. Director: Peter M. Fischer (http://www.fischerarchaeology.se/?page_id=420)

2. The Swedish Jordan Expedition. Excavations at the city of Tall Abu al-Kharaz (Jabesh Gilead of the Old Testament). Director: Peter M. Fischer (http://www.fischerarchaeology.se/?page_id=433)

3. The Swedish Palestine Expedition. Excavations at the city of Tell el-Ajjul, Gaza. Director: Peter M. Fischer (http://www.fischerarchaeology.se/?page_id=423)

4. The Collapse of Bronze Age Societies in the Eastern Mediterranean: Sea Peoples in Cyprus? Swedish Research Council project 2016–2019 (http://www.fischerarchaeology.se/?page_id=2206)

1. The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition

Hala Sultan Tekke near modern Larnaca is a Late Bronze Age city of more than 25 ha, maybe as large as 50 ha, and consequently one the largest, possibly the largest, Late Bronze Age harbour city in Cyprus. One of the aims of this field project is the investigation of the cultural remains which are associated with the "crisis year" and which corresponds to the "Sea Peoples phenomenon" at the end of the Late Bronze Age (= end of Late Cypriote IIC and IIIA, the period around 1200 BCE). Another task is the search for and the investigation of the periods which antedate the most recent occupational periods, that is Middle Cypriote III to Late Cypriote IIC1 (roughly 1650-1200 BC).

For more detailed up-to-date information from the seven seasons of excavations (state 2016), see website above.

2. The Swedish Jordan Expedition

During the last two decades of the Swedish excavations at the ancient city of Tall Abu al-Kharaz in the Jordan Valley substantial remains from the Early, Middle and Late Bronze Ages have been revealed (in absolute terms: c. 3200–700 BCE). The early Iron Age city of Tell Abu al-Kharaz was most likely identical with Jabesh Gilead of the Old Testament (before 1000 BCE), which has been the primary burial place of Saul, the first king of Israel according to the biblical narratives.

For more detailed up-to-date information from the seventeen seasons of excavations (state 2016), see website above.

3. The Swedish Palestine Excavation

Tell el-cAjjul which lies just south of the modern city of Gaza is one of the most important Middle and Late Bronze Age cities in Palestine. It flourished from roughly 1650 to around 1300 BCE. Excavations produced the highest numbers of scarabs, both imported and locally produced, anywhere in the Levant. Other imported objects came from the Mycenaean and Minoan spheres of cultures, Cyprus, Egypt, the Levant, Anatolia and Mesopotamia. Swedish-Palestinian excavations were carried out there in 1999 and 2000. Due to the instable political situation in the area excavations came to a halt after October 2000. UNESCO has been informed about the irreparable destruction of this most important Bronze Age city, the largest in Gaza.

For more detailed up-to-date information from the excavations (state 2016), see website above.

4. The Collapse of Bronze Age Societies in the Eastern Mediterranean: Sea Peoples in Cyprus? Swedish Research Council project (2015-01192) running from 2016 to 2019

The aim of the project is to investigate the causes of disruption in international trade and eventually the total collapse of the sophisticated Bronze Age civilisations in the Eastern Mediterranean around 1200 BCE. Hypotheses explaining this severe cultural crisis involve the appearance of invading peoples, the “Sea Peoples”. This Sea Peoples phenomenon might have been initiated by south-eastward migration starting in Italy, continuing over the Mediterranean and the Balkans to Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean islands and eventually ending in the Levant and Egypt. It has been proposed that rapid climate change around 1200 BCE has been the decisive factor which lead to the south-east migration. Migration might have been caused by this climate change, which might have resulted in famine, but there are other factors to consider such as a changed rule, altered social conditions, increased social mobility and economic motives at the end of the “Mycenaean palatial period”.
The nucleus of the project is the study of the economic, political and climatological situation in Cyprus, the centre of international trade in the Eastern Mediterranean. Bronze Age trade with Cypriot copper from its rich ores – copper was one of the most coveted products at that time – involved not only the entire Mediterranean but also the remainder of Europe. The study of a changed situation in Cyprus and finds which relate to the Sea People phenomenon, e.g. objects which originate in central Europe/Italy/the Balkans, will lead to a greater understanding of the general crisis.

For a list of selected publications, visit http://www.fischerarchaeology.se/?page_id=9

Latest publications

Nuragic Pottery from Hala Sultan Tekke: The Cypriot-Sardinian Connection
Teresa Bürge, Peter M. Fischer
Egypt and the Levant, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Climate Change and Social Unrest: A 6,000‐Year Chronicle From the Eastern Mediterranean
David Kaniewski, Nick Marriner, Rachid Cheddadi, Peter M. Fischer, Thierry Otto et al.
Geophysical Research Letters, Journal article 2020
Journal article

14C-Dating of the Late Bronze Age City of Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus: Status Report
Eva Maria Wild, Peter M. Fischer, Peter Steier, Teresa Bürge
Radiocarbon, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2018: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke (The Söderberg Expedition)
Peter M. Fischer, Teresa Bürge
Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The Transjordanian Jordan Valley in the Late Bronze Age: under Egyptian control?
Peter M. Fischer
Archaeology of the Biblical Worlds Vol. 2: The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan / Aren M. Maeir, Itzhaq Shai, Chris McKinny (Eds.), Berlin/Boston, Walter de Gruyter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2017: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke (The Söderberg Expedition). Preliminary results.
Peter M. Fischer, Teresa Bürge
Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, Journal article 2018
Journal article

The Early Iron Age at Tell Abu al-Kharaz, Jordan Valley, and its relations to the Eastern Mediterranean: Trade, Migration, Hybridization, and Other Phenomena
Teresa Bürge, Peter M. Fischer
Change, Continuity, and Connectivity : North-Eastern Mediterranean at the turn of the Bronze Age and in the early Iron Age / Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spanò and Marek Węcowski (eds.), Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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2020

Nuragic Pottery from Hala Sultan Tekke: The Cypriot-Sardinian Connection
Teresa Bürge, Peter M. Fischer
Egypt and the Levant, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Climate Change and Social Unrest: A 6,000‐Year Chronicle From the Eastern Mediterranean
David Kaniewski, Nick Marriner, Rachid Cheddadi, Peter M. Fischer, Thierry Otto et al.
Geophysical Research Letters, Journal article 2020
Journal article

2019

14C-Dating of the Late Bronze Age City of Hala Sultan Tekke, Cyprus: Status Report
Eva Maria Wild, Peter M. Fischer, Peter Steier, Teresa Bürge
Radiocarbon, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2018: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke (The Söderberg Expedition)
Peter M. Fischer, Teresa Bürge
Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The Transjordanian Jordan Valley in the Late Bronze Age: under Egyptian control?
Peter M. Fischer
Archaeology of the Biblical Worlds Vol. 2: The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan / Aren M. Maeir, Itzhaq Shai, Chris McKinny (Eds.), Berlin/Boston, Walter de Gruyter, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

2018

The New Swedish Cyprus Expedition 2017: Excavations at Hala Sultan Tekke (The Söderberg Expedition). Preliminary results.
Peter M. Fischer, Teresa Bürge
Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome, Journal article 2018
Journal article

The Early Iron Age at Tell Abu al-Kharaz, Jordan Valley, and its relations to the Eastern Mediterranean: Trade, Migration, Hybridization, and Other Phenomena
Teresa Bürge, Peter M. Fischer
Change, Continuity, and Connectivity : North-Eastern Mediterranean at the turn of the Bronze Age and in the early Iron Age / Łukasz Niesiołowski-Spanò and Marek Węcowski (eds.), Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

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