Heidi Kovanen

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Heidi Kovanen (PhD in Archaeology, University of Helsinki) is an archaeologist specialising in the architecture of death and burial. Her research focuses on developing new perspectives and sustainable discussion in the Humanities, with a special focus on questions of sex and gender.

Since 2013, Heidi has worked especially in the Mediterranean region - Greece and Italy - with a strong focus on Classical antiquity and the Middle Ages. Her doctoral dissertation (2023) is one of the few works that acknowledges nonbinary identities in the Iron Age Southern Levant, and the single most comprehensive work written about Iron Age human remains in this region.

Education/Academic qualification

MA | Art History, University of Helsinki

Aug 2022Dec 2023

PhD | Archaeology, University of Helsinki

Sep 2018Jun 2023

MA | Archaeology, University of Helsinki

Feb 2014Feb 2017

BA | Archaeology, University of Helsinki

Aug 2011Feb 2014

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Classical Archaeology
  • Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Gender Studies
  • Death and Burial
  • 211 Architecture
  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • 6132 Visual arts and design