Short CV/Education and training


  • 2016
    - 2017 Ruprecht-Karl-University Heidelberg, Guest researcher at Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Germany

  • 2015
    PRINCE-2 Foundation (passed)

  • 2014
    PhD-student Aarhus University, Denmark

  • 2009 – 2013
    Aarhus University, Marie-Curie Actions (ITN) PhD- fellowship, Denmark

  • 2008
    Freie Universität Berlin, M.A. prehistoric archaeology, geology and art historic (very good), Germany

  • 2001
    Diploma goldsmith, Berlin (good), Germany

International experience

  • 2016 – 2017
    Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie Mannheim, Training in geochemistry and geophysics at the isotope laboratory, Germany

  • 2012
    German Mining Museum Bochum, SEM and metallography training at the material sciences laboratory, Germany

  • 2012
    Ruhr University Bochum, Institute for Archaeological Studies, Internship, courses in chemistry/ physics for archaeologists, Germany

  • 2010
    German Mining Museum Bochum, Archaeometallurgical seminar, metallography of bronze and iron, Germany

  • 2010
    University of Southampton, Institute for Archaeology, Ceramography seminar at the ceramic research laboratory, Germany

  • 2010
    University of Cambridge, Division of Archaeology, Visiting researcher within the FP7 ITN-project, UK

  • 2006
    ERASMUS exchange Aarhus University, Denmark

Selected publications

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. 2018. The Nordic Bronze Age (1500-1100 BC): Craft Mobility and Contact Networks in Metal Craft. Prähistorische Zeitschrift, 2017; 92(2), 1-32.

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. 2017. Portable XRF on Prehistoric Bronze Artifacts: Limitations and Use for the Detection of Bronze Age Metal Workshops. Open Archaeology, 2017; 3, 101-122.

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. 2017. Bronze Age metal workshops in Denmark between 1500–1300 BC: elite-controlled craft on Zealand. In: BERGEBRANT, S. & WESSMAN, A. (eds.) New Perspectives on the Bronze Age: Proceedings from the 13th Nordic Bronze Age Symposium, held in Gothenburg 9th June to 13th June 2015. Oxford: Archaeopress. 127-142.

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. 2015. Metalcraft within the Nordic Bronze Age: Combined metallographic and superficial imaging reveals the technical repertoire in crafting bronze ornaments. Journal for Archaeological Science, 64, 110-128.

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. 2015. Tracing the Hand that Crafted: how individual working traces make Bronze Age ornaments talk. In: SUCHOWSKA-DUCKE, P., REITER, S. S. & VANDKILDE, H. (eds.) Forging Identities. The Mobility of Culture in Bronze Age Europe. Report from a Marie Curie project 2009-2012 with concluding conference at Aarhus University, Moesgaard 2012. Oxford: BAR International Series, 101-110.

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. 2014. The Bronze Age Smith as Individual. In: GINN, V., ENLANDER, R. & CROZIER, R. (eds.) Exploring Prehistoric Identity in Europe: our construct or theirs? Oxford: Oxbow Books, 97-102.

  • NØRGAARD, H. W. & VESTERGAARD, C. in prep. Metallurgiens oprindelse og udvikling. In: HØIRIS, O. & JENSEN, P. K. A. (eds.) Evolutionen af mennesket – menneskets evolution. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • DFF individual postdoc project: An archaeological fingerprint: Isotopes as a key to trace Denmark’s metal supply and routes of transfer in Early Bronze Age (2100-1500 BCE), 2016 – 2018

  • Participant in collaborative project “Skeletal Bone and Bronze Objects” funded by Dr. Marg-rethe II’s Arkæologiske Fond, AUFF and MCH Aarhus University. The project aims to create open access database of remains (Bronze Age) for isotopic investigation and I am responsible for the metal, 2017

  • Guest researcher (6 month), ERC-Project (FP7/SP2-Ideas) Bronze Age Tin: Tin Isotopes and the Sources of Bronze Age Tin in the Old World. Participation will result in a publication concerning the Late Neolithic tin bronzes in Denmark and the identification of British tin ores, 2016

  • Guest researcher and part of the discussion forum, HERA fundet CinBA-project: Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe (CinBA), 2011 – 2012

  • Member, researchgroup ”Travelling Cultures” Aarhus University. Output: Conference session Nordic theoretical archaeology group. Individual results on itinerant craftspeople were published 2014; 2009-2012

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • UISPP (Union Internationale des sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques), committee member “metal ages”

  • Jysk Arkæologisk Selskab

  • Archäologische Gesellschaft für Mecklenburg und Vorpommern e.V.

  • Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte

  • Archäologische Gesellschaft Berlin, Brandenburg

Media coverage




Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of two girls born in 2009 and 2012, married


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