Background and activities

My scholarly background is a MA in Archaeology from the NTNU University Museum, where I worked with predictive modelling of iron age agricultural settlements in mid-Norway. I also hold an MSc in Archaeological Prospection from the University of Bradford in England. From November 2011 I was a PhD-candidate at the NTNU University museum, which led to the defence of my PhD-thesis in October 2016. This work was entitled " The Application of Geophysical Methods in Norwegian Archaeology. A study of the status, role and potential of geophysical Methods in Norwegian archaeological Research and Cultural Heritage management.
My scholarly interests are: Geophysical prospection, method development, GIS and digital modelling, Iron Age agrarian settlements and landscape analyses. 
From the fall of 2021, I will start on a Three year International Mobility Grant project funded by the Norwegian Research Council Entitled "Past Coast - Moving archaeology to a 4d-science: A novel interdisciplinary approach to the study of resilience in prehistoric marine coastal environments.". The project will be investigating how people in the past reacted to changing coastal environment settings by combining studies of metal detecting assemblages, geophysical surveys, GIS-modelling, trial excavations and palaeoenvironmental studies. This will be done in collaboration with Aarhus University / Moesgaard Museum, the Nationalmuseet in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the NTNU University Museum.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Risbøl, Ole; Stenvik, Lars Fredrik; Overskaug, Kristian. (2019) Investigating early iron production by modern remote sensing technologies. 2019. ISBN 978-82-93175-54-4. Skrifter (2-2019).

Part of book/report

  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Rødsrud, Christian Løchsen. (2020) 11. GEOFYSISKE UNDERSØKELSER AV JERNVINNEANLEGG I DYRKET MARK – OBSERVASJONER, ANALYSER OG ERFARINGER FRA ÅNESTAD. Ingen vei utenom. Arkeologiske undersøkelser i forbindelse med etablering av ny rv. 3/25 i Løten og Elverum kommuner, Innlandet.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Stebergløkken, Heidrun M.V.. (2020) Patterns or Contrast? A GIS-Based Study of the Landscape Context and Localization of Southern Rock Art Tradition in Stjørdal, Mid-Norway. Contrasts of the Nordic Bronze Age : Essays in honour of Christopher Prescott.
  • Nytun, Arve Eiken; Stamnes, Arne Anderson. (2019) Georadarundersøkingar og digital formidling på Borgund. Årbok for Sunnmøre.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Stenvik, Lars Fredrik; Gaffney, Christopher. (2019) Magnetic geophysical mapping of prehistoric iron production sites in central Norway. Investigating early iron production by modern remote sensing technologies.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Stenvik, Lars Fredrik; Risbøl, Ole. (2019) The use of lidar and geophysical methods for locating and investigating prehistoric iron production sites in Scandinavia. Investigating early iron production by modern remote sensing technologies.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson. (2017) The Status, Role and Acceptance of Geophysical Methods in Norwegian Archaeology. 12th International Conference of Archaeological Prospection.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Bauer, Egil Lindhart. (2017) Geophysical Surveys. Avaldsnes - A Sea-Kings' Manor in First-Millennium Western Scandinavia.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson. (2016) Effect Of Temperature Change On Iron Age Cereal Production And Settlement Patterns In Mid-Norway. The Agrarian Life of the North 2000 BC - AD 1000. Studies in Rural Settlement and Farming in Norway..
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson. (2015) Geophysical survey of the viking age burial mound of Herlaugshaugen in Norway. Sensing the Past - Contributions from the ArcLand Conference on Remote Sensing for Archaeology.
  • Stamnes, Arne Anderson; Gustavsen, Lars. (2014) Archaeological Use of Geophysical Methods in Norwegian Cultural Heritage Management – a Review. A Sense of the Past. Studies in current archaeological applications of remote sensing and non-invasive prospection methods.