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Søren Michael Sindbæk, MA (Copenhagen), PhD (Aarhus) is a medieval archaeologist specialising in Viking Age Scandinavia. His research focuses on cultural communication, exchange and social networks in Early Medieval Northern Europe, and on the application of network theory and analysis to archaeological problems.
Søren, a Dane, joined the department as Lecturer in January 2009, intending to put down the sword and take up the trowel in the land of the Northumbrians. Previously he was assistant professor in Viking Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
When Søren isn't networking with the Vikings, he pursues sundrie kindes of music to the dismay of the muses (whence his family seeks to keep him busy).
Søren's interests concentrate on the development of trade and urbanism, cultural boundaries and intersections, but also include the strong ties of communities, assemblies, households and dependencies. He aims to develop methods adapted from complex systems modelling and network analysis to improve archaeology's ability to analyse relational aspects of material culture and thus to explore issues of cross-cultural interaction in the past.
His studies involve a broad range of material culture, from monuments and buildings to coins, ornaments and daily life objects, but issues in particular from the rich record of settlement sites brought to light in recent years. He has taken part in field-work in many sites Denmark, Norway and Russia.