Jan Bill

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Jan Bill (Ph.D., born 1961) is Professor of Viking Age Archaeology and curator of the Viking Ship Collection at the Museum of Cultural History.


He was 2003–7 at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde as head of research, exhibition and antiquarian work and senior researcher. Before that he was 10 years at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the National Museum of Denmark as a PhD student, researcher, senior researcher, research group director (1997–2003) and deputy director (1999–2000). 2001–7 he was part-time lecturer in maritime archaeology at the University of Aarhus. He has experience with teaching and supervising students on bachelor, master and Ph.D.-level and he currently is supervising two PhD-projects.

Research interests

His areas of research encompass a varied range of themes within Viking Age and medieval archaeology, notably seafaring, communication and the application of scientific methods in archaeology. He has published around 10 papers in scientific journals, 4 books and booklets, 15 chapters in books and 10 papers in conference proceedings. He is being used as referee in PhD exams, articles, grant and tenure applications and book reviews. He has presented papers at important conferences, including the Viking Congress (2002, 2006).


He has directed a number of archaeological excavations and is now directing the major research project Gokstad revitalised (http://www.khm.uio.no/english/research/projects/gokstad/), plus the research groups SIGMA (on the combination of archaeological, osteological, isotopic and aDNA data on later Iron Age burials in Norway) and Iron Origins (on developing a provenancing method for iron).

In 2009–10 he attended The Educational Programme for Research Leaders, University of Oslo. He figures regularily in media, and he is a member of the Wissenschaftlicher Beirat des Niedersächsischen Institut für historische Küstenforschung, the Advisory board of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Schwerpunktprogramme "Häfen von der Römischen Kaiserzeit bis zum Mittelalter", and a board member of Collegium Medievale.

Tags: Archeology, Viking Age


  • Bill, Jan & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2017). Heimdalsjordet – trade, production and communication, In Ann Zanette Tsigaridas Glørstad & Kjetil Loftsgarden (ed.),  Viking-Age Transformations: Trade, Craft and Resources in Western Scandinavia.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-47-247077-5.  Sites of trade.  s 212-231
  • Schneidhofer, Petra; Nau, Erich; McGraw, Jessica Leigh; Tonning, Christer; Draganits, Erich; Gustavsen, Lars; Trinks, Immo; Filzwieser, Roland; Aldrian, Lisa; Gansum, Terje; Bill, Jan & Paasche, Knut (2017). Geoarchaeological evaluation of ground penetrating radar and magnetometry surveys at the Iron Age burial mound Rom in Norway . Archaeological Prospection.  ISSN 1075-2196.  s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1002/arp.1579
  • Bill, Jan (2016). Ambiguous Mobility in the Viking Age Ship Burial from Oseberg, In Peter Bjerregaard; Anders Emil Rasmussen & Tim Flohr Sørensen (ed.),  Materialities of Passing: Explorations in Transformation, Transition and Transience.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-4724-5791-2.  Ch. 10.  s 207 - 220
  • Bill, Jan (2016). Protecting against the dead? On the possible use of apotropaic magic in the Oseberg burial. Cambridge Archaeological Journal.  ISSN 0959-7743.  26(1), s 141- 155 . doi: 10.1017/S0959774315000438
  • Macphail, Richard; Bill, Jan; Crowther, John; Haitha, Constantin; Linderholm, Johan; Popovici, Dragomir & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2016). European ancient settlements - A guide to their composition and morphology based on soil micromorphology and associated geoarchaeological techniques; introducing the contrasting sites of Chalcolithic Bordusani-Popina, Borcea River, Romania and Viking Age Heimdaljordet, Vestfold, Norway. Quaternary International.  ISSN 1040-6182. . doi: j.quaint.2016.08.049
  • Schneidhofer, Petra; Nau, Erich; Hinterleitner, Alois; Lugmayr, Agata; Bill, Jan; Gansum, Terje; Paasche, Knut; Seren, Sirri; Neubauer, Wolfgang; Draganits, Erich & Trinks, Immo (2016). Palaeoenvironmental analysis of large-scale, high-resolution GPR and magnetometry data sets: The Viking Age site of Gokstad in Norway. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences.  ISSN 1866-9557.  s 1- 27 . doi: 10.1007/s12520-015-0312-x
  • Bill, Jan (2015). Review: Andreas Rau (Hrsg.): Nydam Mose, Band 3: Die Schiffe. Katalog, Konkordanz, Tafeln, Pläne. Nydam Mose, Band 4: Die Schiffe. Beiträge zu Form, Technik und Historie. Mit Beiträge von Flemming Rieck, Ole Magnus, Andreas Rau, Annette Seeberg, Morten Gøthche, Rainer Grabert, Ronja Müske, und Angelika Abegg- Wigg.. Kuml : Årbog for Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab.  ISSN 0454-6245.  s 318- 321
  • Bill, Jan (2015). Vikingetidens monumentale skibsgrave, I: Anne Pedersen & Søren Michael Sindbæk (red.),  Et fælles hav - Skagerrak og Kattegat i vikingetiden. Seminar på Nationalmuseet, København, 19.-20. september 2012.  Nationalmuseet.  ISBN 978-87-7602-324-9.  kapittel 10.  s 152 - 167
  • Krzewinska, Maja; Bjørnstad, Gro; Skoglund, Pontus; Olason, Pall Isolfur; Bill, Jan; Götherström, Anders & Hagelberg, Erika (2015). Mitochondrial DNA variation in the Viking age population of Norway. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8436.  370(1660) . doi: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0384
  • Bill, Jan (2014). Nails, In  Woodstown. A Viking-Age settlement in Co. Waterford.  Four Courts Press.  ISBN 978-1-84682-536-1.  7.2.  s 141 - 155
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Langskibet Roskilde 6, I: Gareth Williams; Peter Pentz & Matthias Wemhoff (red.),  Viking.  British Museum Press.  ISBN 978-87-7602-199-3.  5.1.  s 228 - 233
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Osebergskipet og ritual begravelse, I: Gareth Williams; Peter Pentz & Matthias Wemhoff (red.),  Viking.  British Museum Press.  ISBN 978-87-7602-199-3.  4.3.  s 200 - 201
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Revisiting Gokstad. Interdisciplinary investigations of a find complex investigated in the 19th century, In Sebastian Brather & Dirk Krausse (ed.),  Fundmassen. Innovative Strategien zur Auswertung frühmittelalterlicherQuellenbestände.  Konrad Theiss Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-8062-2872-4.  7.  s 75 - 86
  • Bill, Jan; Nau, Erich; Neubauer, Wolfgang; Trinks, Immo; Tonning, Christer; Gustavsen, Lars; Paasche, Knut & Seren, Sirri (2013). Contextualising a Monumental Burial - The Gokstad Revitalised Project, In Wolfgang Neubauer; Immo Trinks; Roderick B. Salisbury & Christina Einwögerer (ed.),  Archaeological Prospection. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference - Vienna.  Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.  ISBN 978-3-7001-7459-2.  KAPITTEL.  s 134 - 136
  • Bill, Jan & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2013). En ny markeds- og produksjonsplass ved Gokstad i Vestfold. Nicolay: Arkeologisk tidsskrift.  ISSN 0332-8937.  120, s 5- 12
  • Macphail, Richard; Linderholm, Johan; Bill, Jan; Cannell, Rebecca & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2013). Integrated microstratigraphic investigations of coastal archaeological soils and sediments in Norway: The Gokstad ship burial mound and its environs including the Viking harbour settlement of Heimdaljordet, Vestfold. Quaternary International.  ISSN 1040-6182.  315, s 131- 146 . doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.05.051
  • Bill, Jan & Daly, Aoife (2012). The plundering of the ship graves from Oseberg and Gokstad: an example of power politics?. Antiquity.  ISSN 0003-598X.  86(333), s 808- 824
  • Bill, Jan; Daly, Aoife; Johnsen, Øistein & Dalen, Knut Sigmund (2012). DendroCT – Dendrochronology without damage. Dendrochronologia.  ISSN 1125-7865.  30(3), s 223- 230 . doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2011.11.002
  • Bill, Jan (2011). Sea Trade. The Development of Ships and Routes, In Martin Carver & Jan Klapste (ed.),  The Archaeology of Medieval Europe Vol. 2 Twelfth to Sixteenth Centuries.  Aarhus Universitetsforlag.  ISBN 9788779342897.  Chapter 8, part 1.  s 328 - 337
  • Larsen, Jan Henning; Bill, Jan; Rundberget, Bernt & Grandin, Lena (2011). Distinguishing iron production sites by chemical signature of bloomery slag in South-eastern Norway - the iron clench nails in the Gokstad ship - only local production or of various origin?. Metalla.  ISSN 0947-6229.  Sonderheft(4), s 183- 183
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Towards an archaeology of transport. Some comments on: Traffic-related reflections on Norway´s prehistory and some remarks about Sweden (O. Grimm), In Babette Ludowici (ed.),  Trade and Communication Networks of the First Millennium AD in the northern part of Central Europe: Central Places, Beach Markets, Landing Places and Trading Centres.  Konrad Theiss Verlag.  ISBN 978-3-8062-2412-2.  5.4.  s 328 - 334
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Viking Age ships and seafaring in the West, In Iben Skibsted Klæsøe (ed.),  Viking Trade and Settlement in Continental Western Europe.  Museum Tusculanums Forlag.  ISBN 978-87-635-0531-4.  2.  s 19 - 42

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  • Bill, Jan & Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen (2017). Heimdalsjordet – trade, production and communication. In: A.Z.T. Glørstad and K. Loftsgarden (Eds.) Viking-Age Transformations: Trade, Craft and Resources in Western Scandinavia. Routledge.  ISBN 9781472470775.  19 s.

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  • Bill, Jan & Arntsen, Øyvind (2017, 01. april). Tuneskipet 150 år. [Radio].  NRK.
  • Bill, Jan; Holtung, Hege Therese & Gansum, Terje (2017, 26. mars). Forsynte vikingeliten med luksus. [Internett].  NRK.
  • Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen & Bill, Jan (2016). Heimdalsjordet - Trade, Production & Communication.
  • Bill, Jan (2015). Barcode 17.
  • Bill, Jan (2015). Heimdalsjordet - Gokstad-mannens handelsplass?.
  • Bill, Jan (2015). Heimdalsjordet - en ny handelsplass ved Gokstad og et nytt lys på den internasjonale handel i vikingtid.
  • Bill, Jan (2015). Vikings in the future.
  • Cannell, Rebecca; Cheetham, Paul; Bill, Jan & Welham, Kate (2015). The Gokstad Viking Age Trading Site: A voyage of physicochemical prospection.
  • Cannell, Rebecca; Cheetham, Paul; Welham, Kate & Bill, Jan (2015). The Gokstad Viking Age Trading Site: A voyage of physicochemical prospection.. Archaeologia Polona.  ISSN 0066-5924.  53, s 438- 440
  • Kool, Anneleen; Boessenkool, Sanne; Bill, Jan; Kjesrud, Karoline; Helleve, Torstein & Gupta, Ram Eivind (2015). Vikingenes naturarv - kunnskapskafe med vikingforskere, vikingmat og vikingøl i baren .
  • Schneidhofer, Petra; McGraw, Jessica Leigh; Tonning, Christer; Gustavsen, Lars; Gansum, Terje & Bill, Jan (2015). Stratigraphic excavation and 3D reconstruction at Rom burial mound, Vestfold County, Norway..
  • Schneidhofer, Petra; Nau, Erich; Gustavsen, Lars; McGraw, Jessica Leigh; Tonning, Christer; Gansum, Terje; Bill, Jan & Neubauer, Wolfgang (2015). Interdisciplinary investigation of the burial mound at Rom in Vestfold County, Norway.
  • Bill, Jan (2014). Beyond Byzanz: An East-Norwegian Perspective on the Eastward Trade in the Viking Age.
  • Bill, Jan (2014). Til vanns i Skandinavia.
  • Bill, Jan (2014). Viking ship graves in Norway.
  • Bill, Jan & Ihlebæk, Jan Henrik (2014, 15. februar). Museum på NRK P2. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Bill, Jan & Jacobsen, Hans-Petter (2014, 11. mars). Jacobsen. [Radio].  NRK P1+.
  • Bill, Jan & Madshus, Karin (2014, 17. februar). Time etter time for fortiden.  Tønsbergs blad.
  • Bill, Jan & Tonkin, Boyd (2014, 04. mars). The Vikings: Why do the seafaring warriors still intrigue us? .  The Independent.
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Gokstad revitalisert - presentasjon i forbinnelse med åpning av utstillingen "Gokstad i et nytt lys".
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Gokstad revitalisert. Presentasjon for ildsjelene fra Norsk Metallsøkerforening Vestfold.
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Gokstad revitalisert. Statusrapportering for fylkesutvalget, Vestfold, 18.4.2013.
  • Bill, Jan (2013, 11. april). Jan Bill om Gokstadbyen. [Radio].  NRK P1 Vestfoldsendinga.
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Nytt fra Gokstad-prosjektet: Utgravningene på Heimdalsjordet.
  • Bill, Jan (2013). Sailing Into the Viking Age: From the Ship Burial at Gokstad to the Creation of the Norwegian Kingdom with stops at Norway’s UNESCO Sites.
  • Bill, Jan (2013). The Gokstad complex – means and meanings of an aristocratic site.
  • Bill, Jan (2013). The Norwegian Viking Age ship graves - finds of splendour and mystery.
  • Bill, Jan & Brocchi, Sebastiano B. (2013, 25. november). Thor - le origini del mito.  Four ticino.
  • Bill, Jan; Bø, Terje; Røvik, Geir; Iversen, Frode; Aase, Sigurd; Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Tallaksen, Tommy; Kvalø, Frode; Altrock, Håkan; Ødelund, Arne Petter; Nevestad, Dag; Vaaagland, Lars; Edman, Caroline; Bjercke, Kari & Hjeltnes, Arne (2013, 07. april). Arkeologene: Skatter i havet 2:8. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bill, Jan; Fahre, Lena & Doksrød, Anne (2013, 11. april). Unike vikingskatter skal vises frem. [Internett].  NRK Østafjells.
  • Bill, Jan & Frøjsa, Kaja (2013, 29. april). Prosjekt Saving Oseberg. [Radio].  NRK Ekko hovedsending.
  • Bill, Jan & Gjestad, Robert (2013, 10. desember). Seiler greit med småfeil.  Aftenposten, Bergens Tidene.
  • Bill, Jan & Karstensen, Astrid Johanne (2013, 28. september). Mysteriet Oseberg.  Dagbladet Magasin.
  • Bill, Jan; Nau, Erich; Neubauer, Wolfgang; Trinks, Immo; Tonning, Christer; Gustavsen, Lars; Paasche, Knut & Seren, Sirri (2013). Contextualising a Monumental Burial - The Gokstad Revitalised Project.
  • Bill, Jan & Næss, Ellen Marie (2013, 16. oktober). Mysteriet rundt Osebergskipet . [TV].  NRK TV Distriktsnyheter Østlandssendingen.
  • Bill, Jan; Rundberget, Bernt & Larsen, Jan Henning (2013). Determining the origins of iron in prehistoric and medieval Norway – a chemical approach.
  • Bill, Jan; Solbu, Erland Lånke & Hansen, Magne (2013, 04. februar). Her ligger Kong Richard III. [Internett].  NRK/Viten.
  • Braovac, Susan; Bill, Jan & Løchen, Ragnar (2013, 06. oktober). Åndenes Makt. [TV].  TVNorge.
  • Eriksen, Thomas Hylland; Gansum, Terje; Bill, Jan; Iversen, Frode; Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen; Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Wangen, Vivian; Guillou, Jan; Berge, Jan; Eikeland, Rune; Smith, Christian Dokk; Fernstål, Lotta; Aarseth, Bjarte Einar & Hjeltnes, Arne (2013, 28. april). Arkeologene: Vikingen - superhelt og bonde 5:8. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen; Bill, Jan & Pedersen, Unn (2013). Siste nytt fra Gokstad.
  • Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen; Bill, Jan & Tveitan, Fleming (2013, 07. juni). Har funnet sjøkanten på Heimdal-feltet.  Sandefjord Blad.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Den siste forskningen i vikingtid.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Det å grave ut et vikingskip.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Die Wikingerzeit und neueste Erkenntnisse zu aktuellen Ausgrabungen am Gokstad-Schiffsgrabhügel.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Gokstad revitalised - die Erforschung eines monumentalen Schiffgrabs der Wikingerzeit in Norwegen.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Gokstad revitalisert - fredagsseminar på IAKH.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Gokstad, a princely burial - and a landing site?.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Presentasjon av Gokstadprosjektet for Hovedutvalget for kultur og Helse, Vestfold fylkesting.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Siste nytt fra Gokstadprosjektet.
  • Bill, Jan (2012). Skibsgravene i Vestfold – monumenter som magtpolitik.
  • Bill, Jan & Paasche, Knut (2012). Gokstad revitalised - Project Status.
  • Bill, Jan & Tørrestad, Yngve (2012, 17. september). En gresskledd haug er lite å se på. [Internett].  NRK Østafjells.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). About Friends and Foes - what non-destructive dendrochronology can tell about the Gokstad ship burial.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). De store skipsgravene - unike kilder til sjøfarts- og samfunnshistorie.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). Gokstad revitalisert: Nye undersøkelser på Gokstadhaugen.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). Norsk vikingtid og trehandverk i Osebergskipet.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). Omvisning i Vikingskipsamlingen for inviterte foredragsholdere.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). Review Sven Kalmring (2010): Der Hafen von Haithabu. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology.  ISSN 1057-2414.  40(2), s 445- 447
  • Bill, Jan (2011). Revisiting Gokstad - interdisciplinary investigations of a find complex excavated in the 19th century.
  • Bill, Jan (2011). The Changing identities of the long-dead – a research-historical review of the Oseberg and Gokstad individuals.
  • Bill, Jan & Christensen, Arne Emil (2011). Omvisning (v. A.E.Christensen) og paneldiskusjon om flytting av Vikingskipsamlingen med Presseveteranene.
  • Bill, Jan; Larsen, Jan Henning; Rundberget, Bernt & Grandin, Lena (2011). Distinguishing iron production sites by chemical signature of bloomery slag in South-eastern Norway - the iron clench nails in the Gokstad ship - only local production or of various origin?.
  • Braovac, Susan; Jensen, Maria; Aarseth, Bjarte Einar; Bill, Jan; Hjulstad, Guro; Løchen, Ragnar; Storbekk, Elin Christine; Dionisi Vici, Paolo & Allegretti, Ottaviano (2011). Long term responses in archaeological wood to ambient temperature and relative humidity – case study: the Oseberg Ship.
  • Aasland, Tora; Holme, Jørn; Aaraas, Olav; Bill, Jan & Mikkelsen, Egil (2010, 29. juni). Vikingskip til siste havn?. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bill, Jan (2010). 3D-oppmåling av vikingskip.
  • Bill, Jan (2010). En feilinformert statsråd. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Enighet om risiko. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 5
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Fakultetsopponent for Stockholms Universitet på doktorsavhandlingen "Stockholm från sjösidan. Marinarkeologiske fynd og miljöer" av Marcus Hjulhammer.
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Forholdet mellom etikk og risiko. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Innbruddet i Oseberghaugen - et eksempel på politisk gjenbruk?.
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Publikum blir taperne. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 5
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Review: Sarah Dromgoole (ed.), The Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: National Perspectives in the Light of the UNESCO Convention 2001. Second edition. European Journal of Archaeology.  ISSN 1461-9571.  13(1), s 133- 134 . doi: 10.1177/14619571100130010310
  • Bill, Jan (2010). Review: Shannon Lewis-Simpson (ed.), Vinland Revisited: The Norse World at the Turn of the First Millennium. Selected Papers from the Viking Millennium International Symposium, Sept. 15-24, 2000, Newfoundland and Labrador. International Journal of Maritime History.  ISSN 0843-8714.  XXI, s 358- 359
  • Bill, Jan (2010). The Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage: National Perspectives in Light of the UNESCO Convention 2001, 2nd edition. European Journal of Archaeology.  ISSN 1461-9571.  13(1), s 133- 134 . doi: 10.1177/14619571100130010310
  • Bill, Jan; Molnes, Svein Jarle; Arntsen, Øyvind & Stylegar, Frans Arne (2010, 07. august). Nyheter om vikingskipene. [Radio].  NRK P2 Museum.
  • Greenberg, Peter & Bill, Jan (2010, 28. februar). Worldwide Travel News and Tips. [Radio].  Diverse amerikanske radiokanaler.
  • Grydeland, Ivar; Bill, Jan & Thun, Terje (2010, 31. mai). Verdt å vite: Når ble Oseberghaugen plyndret? . [Radio].  NRK P2.

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