- Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
My research interests include Minoan archaeology and cultural contacts during the Bronze Age in the eastern Mediterranean.
Doctoral thesis: Minoan games and game boards.
My thesis is an investigation of all kinds of material from Bronze Age Crete that could be connected to games. This includes game boards, draughtsmen, markers, dices, iconographic representations and so-called cup-holes. Analogies and parallels from the cultures around the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as from other areas and periods, constitute an important part of my investigation. Hopefully the thesis can suggest some overall patterns, as well as for the first time present a complete catalogue of the relevant material.
My company Arktir Archaeological Time Travel offers custom-made lectures and guiding on various aspects of the classical Greco-Roman antiquity, as well as on the local history and archaeology of Lund, Scania and parts of Denmark.
- Rystedt, E. & Hillbom, N. (2009). Antikens kultur och samhällsliv i Lund. Hundra år av pedagogik och forskning 1909-2009.
- Hillbom, N. (2005). Minoan games and game boards. Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University. Dissertation.
- Hillbom, N. (2003). For games or for gods? An investigation of Minoan cup-holes. Studies in Mediterranean archaeology, 132. Paul Åströms förlag.
- Hillbom, N. (2005). Minoan game markers, pieces and dice. Small archaeological finds that could have belonged to games and gaming. OpAth, 30, 61-98.
- Hillbom, N. (2004). The Knossos game board. OpAth, 29, 39-71.
- Hillbom, N. (2001). Minoan and Eastern Mediterranean games and game boards: a history of research. OpAth, 25–26, 53-65.