Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


MA in medieval archaeology (2002) the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; PhD in historical archaeology (2008), Lund University.
Research interests: migration, diaspora, mobility, borderlands, colonialism, material culture, postcolonial theories.
My doctoral thesis "Homelands lost and gained. Slavic migration and settlement on Bornholm in the early Middle Ages" focused on the 11th-12th century Slavic settlement on Bornholm. I continued my research on migration, diaspora and importance of material culture for migrant communities in a postdoctoral research "Guests, refugees, colonists: Medieval migration in the Baltic Sea region" (2011-13,University of Cambridge).

I am also interested in early modern Colonial history - Scandinavian colonies, particularly New Sweden, travel and ethnographic descriptions and the Atlantic world. Currently, I am involved in a project that scrutinizes early modern mining in Lapland and its modern legacies.


About the research

My research focuses on human migration, diaspora, migrant identities and the role of material culture in dealing with displacement. I have explored and continue to explore these subjects in the context of medieval and early modern history.
I am also interested in borderlands and their complex cultural and political realities.
My third research area is colonial history, particularly the 17th-18th colonial ventures in North America and Scandinavian involvement in the colonial politics. Currently I am conducting research on New Sweden - a Swedish colony established along the Delaware River. I am investigating the processes of homemaking, the rise of colonial policies and attitudes in the colony and their impact on everyday life of those who lived in the colony and its vicinity. Parallel to this project, I am conducting research on the early modern mining in Lapland, its connection to the colonial, mercantilist policies of early modern Swedish state and its broad consequences. This research is a part of a larger project ‘Understanding the Cultural Impacts and Issues of Lapland Mining: A Long-Term Perspective on Sustainable Mining Policies in the North’ led by the University of Oulu in Finland.
Together with Jonas Nordin (National Historical Museum, Stockholm) I manage a research network GlobArch devoted to historical archaeology and colonialism.
Theoretically my work is inspired by phenomenology, postcolonial theory, theories of materiality and theory of practice.


Books (1)
Editorships (2)
Articles (12)
Book chapters (4)
Conference contributions (1)
Miscellaneous (1)

Magdalena Naum

Former employee at Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.

Magdalena Naum can no longer be reached through the department/unit.