Money and coinage, political organization and the sociology of money have been central to my research. The starting point has been the Greek city-states (poleis), and on how the monetary system was anchored in political institutions and decision-making processes. The symbolic function of money, as an identity marker and political symbol, has also been addressed. Urbanization and the establishment, growth and decline of cities have also been a key research topic. Through fieldwork at several Mediterranean localities, the field of interest has expanded to also include Late Roman and Byzantine settlements. The connection between holy places and the use of money is another key research area, where comparative studies from early Greek city-states, Byzantine cities and Medieval Norwegian churches are key points.
Another area of interest, and ex officio area of responsibility, is international trade in illicit cultural objects. I co-operate with the police, customs, directorates and ministries, and participate in consular work on legislation, guidelines and handling routines for such cases, nationally and internationally. The network includes active participation in NGOs as ICOM and Blue Shield.
1984-1985 Social Sciences, Ex.Phil. and Phonetics and Linguistics, University of Tromsø
1989 Cand.Mag. (Ancient history, Greek, Latin, classical archeology and art history, UiO)
1994 Mag.Art. (Numismatics and Monetary History, UiO)
2002 Dr. philos. (Classical Archeology, UiO)
Head of Department, Department of Numismatics and Classical Archeology, UiO, 2017-2018
Head of Section, Section for Ethnography, Numismatics, Classical Archeology and University History, Museum of Cultural History, UiO, 2014-2016
Associate Professor, Museum of Cultural History, UiO, 2002 - d.d.
Senior Lecturer, Museum of Cultural History, UiO, 2001-2002
Norwegian Research Council/UiO, PhD-Fellow 1997-2001
Project Manager (exhibition), University Coin Cabinet, UiO, 1995-1996
Magazine Manager, University Coin Cabinet, UiO, 1994-1995
Deputy Head, University Coin Cabinet, UiO, 1992-1993
Research Assistant, Department of Archeology, Art History and Numismatics, UiO, 1990-1992
Journalist / photographer, A-pressen, 1983-1985
Fieldwork and visiting scholar
Pompeii, Italy 1987; Tegea, Greece 1994; Kos, Greece 1997, 1998, 2001; Metropolis, Turkey 2003-2007, 2009; Naxos, Greece 2010-2014
University of Oxford, Kraay Scholarship 1995
Teaching including topics as landscape and urbanity in antiquity, monetary history in antiquity and in Byzantine times, money and sacred places, social archeology, cultural crime, museum and heritage studies.
Commissions of trust
Board member, ICOM Nord
Board member, ICOM Norway
Board member, BLUE SHIELD Committee Norway
Committee Member, Committee on Coin Design, National Bank of Norway
Member of Letterstedska Föreningen, Norway Chapter
Delegate, Nordic Numismatic Union
Member of Editorial Board, Nordic Numismatic Journal (NNÅ)