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I received both my MA (2001) and PhD (2008) at the University of Helsinki, Institute of Archaeology. In addition to archaeology, I studied comparative religion and anthropology. My doctoral dissertation, titled A Touch of Red: Archaeological and Ethnographic Approaches to Interpreting Finnish Rock Paintings, received the grade eximia cum laude and was published by the Finnish Antiquarian Society in the Iskos series. The work was supervised by Prof Knut Helskog (University of Tromsø, Norway) and Prof. Richard Bradley (University of Reading, UK) acted as my opponent in the public defence. Between 2010 and 2013 I pursued post-doctoral research, part of it at the Université du Québec à Montréal (Canada). In 2015, I was awarded a title of a docent by the University of Helsinki. A docentship roughly corresponds to ’reader’ or ’adjunct professor’ in the English-speaking world, and indicates that the person in question has conducted research equivalent in scope to two doctoral dissertations. 

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My research is currently focused on ancient Near Eastern empires between ca. 960 BC and 0 AD: how the identities of various groups were constructed in different parts of the region and how they changed over time. I am the vice-director of a Centre of Excellence dedicated to the topic, funded by the Academy of Finland.

In addition, my research covers themes such as:

- prehistoric rock art (especially in Finland and Northern Fennoscandia)

- the archaeology of religion

- conflict archaeology (or the study of violence and warfare through archaeological methods)

- neolithization (the process through which human populations have made the change from hunting and gathering to farming and animal husbandry)

- archaeoacoustics (the study of the significance of music and sounds in prehistory)

Between 1998 and 2010, I was closely involved in the study of Byzantine Near East. This research was related to the archaeological activties of a different (now finished) Centre of Excellencethe on 'Ancient Greek Written Sources', headed by Prof. Jaakko Frösen. The project among other things carried out extensive archaeoological excavations in Petra, Jordan.

I am the editor-in-chief of a peer-reviewed, English-language journal on North European archaology called Fennoscandia Archaeologica.

I am  keenly interested in the appication of scientific methods in the study of archaeological materials, but cannot claim any expertise in that field.

I teach almost all aspects of archaeology, ranging from modules that cover Finnish, European and North American prehistory, to artefact studies and archaeological theory. I also run research seminars for both BA and MA level students in archaeology. I am currently the director of the MA program on Cultural Heritage at the University of Helsinki.


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Evidence for animal sacrifices in front of the rock painting of Kotojärvi, Southeastern Finland: Perspectives on Differences in Rock Art

Lahelma, A., nov 2019, Perspectives on differences in Rock Art. The Alta Conference on Rock Art III. Gjerde, J. M. & Arntzen, M. (red.). Equinox Publishing

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Miten historiaa tutkitaan? Lähdekritiikki historiantutkimuksessa

Mäkipelto, V. (red.), Laine, L. (red.), Nissinen, M., Lahelma, A., Saari, S., Bonnie, R. (red.), Lorenzon, M. (red.), Wallis, C. (red.) & Rostedt, K. (red.), 7 maj 2019

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Northern Archaeology and Cosmology: A Relational View

Lahelma, A. A. & Herva, M. V-P., jul 2019, Abingdon: Routledge. 202 s.

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Sexy beasts – animistic ontology, sexuality and hunter-gatherer rock art in Northern Fennoscandia

Lahelma, A., 3 jul 2019, I : Time and Mind. 12, 2, 18 s.

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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.

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Projekt: Forskningsutvärdering 2011


Kalevalaseuran nuoren tutkijan tunnustuspalkinto

Antti Lahelma (!!Recipient), 30 okt 2008

Pris: Pris och hedersbetygelser


Tiedekunnan edustaja Pirjo Hamarin väitöstilaisuudessa

Antti Lahelma (Deltagare)
11 dec 2019

Aktivitet: Andra aktivitetstyperTyper av övriga aktiviteter - Övrigt

Dagmara Zawadzka

Antti Lahelma (Värd)
25 maj 20191 jun 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för att vara värd för en besökareAkademiskt besök på HU

ANEE Annual Meeting 2019

Antti Lahelma (Närvarande)
28 aug 201930 aug 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

11th Nordic Conference on Middle Eastern Studies

Rick Bonnie (Talare: Opponent/debattör), Caroline Wallis (Talare: Ordförande), Johannes Bach (Talare: Opponent/debattör), Antti Lahelma (Talare: Opponent/debattör), Päivi Hannele Miettunen (Talare: Ordförande), Melanie Wasmuth (Talare: Opponent/debattör), Raz Kletter (Talare: Opponent/debattör), Jan Retsö (Talare: Opponent/debattör)
14 aug 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för deltagande i eller organisering av evenemangArrangemang av och deltagande i konferens/workshop/kurs/seminarium

Jan Magne Gjerde

Antti Lahelma (Värd)
4 mar 201911 mar 2019

Aktivitet: Typer för att vara värd för en besökareAkademiskt besök på HU