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Description of research and teaching

I am working as a Academy Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies. My project is titled: " Land use, cultivation, and animal husbandry during the Neolithic in North-Eastern Europe between c. 6000 and – 1000 BC "

The aim of the project is to achieve a new kind of understanding of emergence of farming during the Neolithic Stone Age in the North-Eastern Europe (c 5500–2000 BC). There is increasing evidence that the initial stage of cereal cultivation in Northern Europe took placefrom the very beginning of Neolithic Stone Age, ca. 5300 – 4000 onwards. The high resolution multiproxy analyses from lake sediments allow the accurate reconstruction of landscapes, land use, and existence of domesticated plants and animals during the Neolithic.

Education information

Ph.D. University of Helsinki, Faculty of Science, 2007
Major: Geology and paleontology

Master of Science, University of Joensuu, Faculty of Science, 1998
Major: Biology
Minor subjects: Environmental protection and biology in applied sciences

Curriculum vitae

Teachers’s pedagogical qualification (60 credits)

HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Vocational Teacher Education Unit, 26.5.2011

Education/Academic qualification

Pedagogy, Teacher's pedagogical qualification (60 credits), HAMK University of Applied Sciences, Vocational Teacher Education Unit

External positions

Title of Docent, University of Turku

21 Dec 2009 → …

Fields of Science

  • 119 Other natural sciences
  • 615 History and Archaeology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


Early Farming in the Northern Boreal Zone: Re-assessing the History of Land Use in South-Eastern Finland through High-resolution Pollen Analysis

Alenius, T. H., Mökkönen, T. O. & Lahelma, A., 2013, In : Geoarchaeology. 28, 1, p. 1-24 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Records of Land Use and Medieval Settlement History in Vuonninen, Dvina Karelia, Northwest Russia

Alenius, T. H., Saarnisto, M., Taavitsainen, J-P. & Lunkka, J-P., 2011, In : Geoarchaeology. 2011, 26,1, p. 142-163

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Holocene land-cover reconstructions for studies on land cover-climate feedbacks

Gaillard, M. -J., Sugita, S., Mazier, F., Trondman, A. -K., Brostrom, A., Hickler, T., Kaplan, J. O., Kjellstrom, E., Kokfelt, U., Kunes, P., Lemmen, C., Miller, P., Olofsson, J., Poska, A., Rundgren, M., Smith, B., Strandberg, G., Fyfe, R., Nielsen, A. B., Alenius, T. & 21 others, Balakauskas, L., Barnekow, L., Birks, H. J. B., Bjune, A., Bjorkman, L., Giesecke, T., Hjelle, K., Kalnina, L., Kangur, M., van der Knaap, W. O., Koff, T., Lageras, P., Latalowa, M., Leydet, M., Lechterbeck, J., Lindbladh, M., Odgaard, B., Peglar, S., Segerstrom, U., von Stedingk, H. & Seppä, H., 2010, In : Climate of the Past. 6, 4, p. 483-499 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Pollen-analytical results from Lake Katajajärvi: aspects of the history of settlement in the Finnish inland regions

Alenius, T., Lavento, M. & Saarnisto, M., 2009, In : Acta Borealia. 26, 2, p. 136-155 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Calibrated pollen accumulation rates as a basis for quantitative tree biomass reconstructions

Seppä, H., Alenius, T., Muukkonen, P., Giesecke, T., Miller, P. A. & Ojala, A. E. K., 2009, In : Holocene. 19, 2, p. 209-220 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Archaeology (in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies) (ARCH-HU)

Alenius, T. H., Alvik, R., Arima, H., Carpelan, C., Fiema, Z. T., Haggren, G., Hakulin, L., Halinen, P., Hamari, P., Harlin, E., Hertell, E., Holmqvist-Sipilä, E., Ikäheimo, J., Jalkanen-Mäkelä, M., Jansson, H., Jansson, J., Kankaanpää, J., Kirkinen, T., Kivimäki, S. (., Koivisto, S., Kouki, P., Kämäräinen, E., Lagerstedt, J., Lahelma, A., Laulumaa, V. A., Lavento, M., Lehtinen, L., Leimu, K., Leino, M., Maaranen, P., Mannermaa, K., Manninen, M. A., Mikkola, E., Mikkola, T., Mökkönen, T. O., Nissin, L. H., Niukkanen, M., Nordqvist, K., Nurminen, K., Perttola, W., Pesonen, P. A. P., Rankama, T., Rosendahl, U., Räihälä, O., Salminen, T., Salo, K. H., Seitsonen, O., Seppälä, S., Silvonen, S., Suha, M., Tallavaara, M., Tuovinen, T., Uino, P., Viitanen, E., Vajanto, K. & Wessman, A.

28/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

The Emergence of Farming in Southern Finland

Lavento, M., Heyd, V., Alenius, T. H., Halinen, P. & Mannermaa, K.


Project: Research project


Quaternary International (Journal)

Teija Helena Alenius (Reviewer)
Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Turun yliopisto

Teija Helena Alenius (Visiting researcher)
25 Oct 201826 Oct 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Workshop: Peripheries of the Late Neolithic Corded Ware Phenomena: a key to understanding pan-European processes of societal change in the 3rd millennium BC?

Teija Helena Alenius (Speaker: Presenter)
31 May 20182 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Environmental Humanities Forum

Teija Helena Alenius (Speaker: Presenter)
9 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars