Markus Fjellström


Personlig profil


I am working on a new postdoctoral project here at Lund University (2022-2024). The project is mainly about reindeer diet and mobility, as well as environmental changes during the Late Palaeolithic and the early Mesolithic in connection to the changes of the ices and eventual land bridges to the Scandinavian peninsula. This project also bridges over to other terrestrial and marine mammals. To do so i will approach reindeer and other mammals diet and migration patterns through the use of different stable isotope anlaysis (carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, strontium and oxygen), as well as aDNA analysis.

Otherwise, I have a background in Saami archaeology and studies on food cultures using different stable isotope (carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, and strontium) and elemental anlaysis. In my research I have mainly been focusing on past human economies, pre-Christian and Christian societies through the study of food cultures, mobility patterns and climate changes in Northern Fennoscandia and Sápmi from Late Iron Age to early historical period (ca. 900-1800 AD). I also focused on discussions regarding repatriation and reburial of International and Saami human remains (Fjellström 2020).

I am also co-ordinating the project Archaeological surveys of melting glaciers and snow patches in Swedish Sápmi (GLAS) financed by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg foundation between 2020 and 2024. The project, led by Kerstin Lidén, focuses on surveying organic and inorganic material of artefacts and ecofacts that melts out from glaciers and snow patches. The focus of the project is to radiocarbon date and study human and faunal mobility patterns, as well as changes in the environment. For that we also apply different stable isotope and elemental analysis to better understand the past use of the landscapes in northern Fennoscandia and Swedish Sápmi. This project in collaboration with Jamtli, Västerbotten, Norrbotten, Silvermuseet/INSARC and Ájtte Mountain and Sámi museum. You can read more about the project here:

Between 2020 and 2022 I have had a postdoctoral project at the University of Oulu in the project Domestication by Action – Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction (Salmi 2022). The project is lead by Anna-Kaisa Salmi and funded by the ERC Starting Grant and the Academy of Finland. My focus within the project is to study reindeer domestication processes, diet, mobility, and environmental changes through time using different stable isotope methods applied to different archaeological approaches. You can read more about the project here:

I am also involved in a project on Saami Tax land system in northern Sweden called Markfördelning och maktstrukturer 1000 - 1800 e. Kr. De samiska skattelandens ursprung (2020-2024). The overall aim of the project is to study how land and resources were used within the Saami communities in Swedish Sápmi from 1000 to 1800 CE. You can read more about the project here:

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Arkeologi

Fria nyckelord

  • Laborativ arkeologi
  • Stable isotope anlaysis
  • Archaeological science
  • Saami archaeology
  • Diet and mobility
  • Environmental archaeology
  • Climate changes
  • Repatriation
  • Reburial
  • Stone Age


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