Background and activities

I am an archaeologist working alpine snow patches and frozen cultural heritage in central Norway. I work with all aspects of snow patch archaeology- from field surveys and documentation, through lab studies and analyses to professional and public dissemination and network building.

I was coordinator of the international Frozen Pasts Network and Managing Editor of the Journal of Glacial Archaeology until April 2019. Previous projects include the SPARC project in cooperation with the NTNU-University Museum in Trondheim.  And the Åarjelsaemien Tsoevtsh project in cooperation with Saemien Sijte that focuses on local knowledge and use of alpine ice patches in Southern Sami areas.

I am a member of the UISPP’s HOME (Human Occupations of Mountain Landscapes) Commission and have organized a number of mountain sessions at international conferences and meetings.

 Pedagogical Responsibilities and Teaching:

Leder Program for Archaeology (BA & MA)

Lecturing and teaching (BA, MA & PhD)

Student supervisor (BA; MA and PhD)

Course Coordination:

ARK1001 Introduction to Archaeology (22,5 stp) (with Heidrun Stebergløkken)

ARK1010 Introduction to Archaeology for Critical Heritage Students (15 stp) (with Heidrun Stebergløkken)

ARK3321 MA Internships (15 stp)

Pedagogical development:

- (2020) Partner/member of the VR-Learn pilot project, led by the Dept. of Geography at NTNU.Project shall test the introduction of low-cost VR technology into large scale teaching scenarios at the university.

- (2020) Leder for the DIKU financed (InternAbroad) project «The Northern Archaeology and Heritage Exchange Network». The project organizes internships for Norwegian students with partner institutions in Canada and USA (2020-2023).

- (2017) Responsible for introduction of drones (UAVs) into BA and MA course at NTNU. Our Drone modules include theoretical, methodological and practical teaching at the different levels. Use of drones is an integrated part of the annual archaeological field school at NTNU.  

- (2017) Ansvarlig for innføring av droner (UAVs) i undervisningen på ARK programmet på NTNU. Dette omfatter teoretiske, metodiske og praktisk undervisning på -2000 og -3000 nivåene.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


Part of book/report

  • Hamill, Jane; Peacock, Elizabeth E.; Callanan, Martin; Vatne, Geir. (2016) The Snow Patch Archaeological Research Cooperation (SPARC): Climate change and vulnerable high mountain heritage artefacts. Proceedings of the 12th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference Istanbul 2013.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2010) Northern Snow Patch Archaeology. A Circumpolar Reappraisal : The Legacy of Gutorm Gjessing (1906-1979).


  • Callanan, Martin Eugene; Bjerck, Hein Bjartmann. (2007) On the Edge - a Survey of Early Mesolithic Informal Tools from Central Norway. 2007.


  • Callanan, Martin. (2016) Glacial Archaeology- an update. UISPP- Commission Meeting (Human Occupation of Mountain Environments) . UISPP- HOME Commission; DAINST (German Archaeological Institute), Berlin. 2016-04-07 - 2016-04-08.
  • Callanan, Martin. (2016) Icecology - the emerging and disappearing Human Ecology of Alpine Ice. XXI International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology . Society For Human Ecology; Santa Ana, California,. 2016-04-12 - 2016-04-15.
  • Callanan, Martin. (2016) Meltdown: Archaeologists Find Ancient History in Ice and Snow. Witness the Arctic [Fagblad]. 2016-06-17.
  • Callanan, Martin. (2015) Climatic Perspectives on Alpine Snow Patches in Central Norway. Alaska Anthropology Association . AAA; Anchorage. 2015-03-06 - 2015-03-06.
  • Callanan, Martin. (2015) Gefrierschrank der Vergangenheit. Süddeutsche Zeitung [Avis]. 2015-01-02.
  • Callanan, Martin; Rosvold, Jørgen; Norberg, Erik. (2015) Fortid och framtid - frosen arkeologi og biologi i et sørsamisk perspektiv. Foredrag . Gaaltje Sydsamiskt kulturcentrum; Østersund. 2015-05-18 - 2015-05-18.
  • Rosvold, Jørgen; Callanan, Martin. (2015) Reindeer and snow patches - a melting history of interactions. 14th International Arctic Ungulate Conference . International Arctic Ungulate Society; Røros. 2015-08-18 - 2015-08-21.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene; Skar, Birgitte; Vatne, Geir; Solli, Brit; Peacock, Elizabeth E.; Berthling, Ivar Thoralf. (2012) SPARC-Snow Patch Archaeological Research Cooperation. Frozen Pasts. 3rd International Glacial Archaeology Conference . Yukon Government; Whitehorse. 2012-06-03 - 2012-06-08.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2011) A Warning from Above: New Finds from Alpine Snow Patches in Central Norway. UNM Dept of Anthropology Colloquium Series . Maxwell Museum/ UNM Anthropology; Hibben Centre, Maxwel Musem, UNM, Albuquerque, NM.. 2011-09-29 - 2011-09-29.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2011) Archaeological Snow Patches in Context. Brown Bag Lecture . UNM Anthropology; Dept of Anthropology, UNM, Albuquerque, NM. 2011-09-30 - 2011-09-30.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2011) Norwegian Snow Patch Archaeology and Climate Change. 38th Annual Meeting-Human Responses to Enviromental Change . Alaska Anthropological Association; Fairbanks, Alaska. 2011-03-09 - 2011-03-12.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene; Barton, Kevin. (2010) Experimental Geophysical Surveying on an Alpine Snow Patch 2008-2009. Alaska Anthropological Association Meeting ; Anchorage. 2010-03-24 - 2010-10-27.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene; Berthling, Ivar Thoralf; Vatne, Geir; Skinner, Lucy Anne; Airola, Leena Aulikki; Foosnæs, Kristin; Perlikova, Zdenka. (2010) 'All under One Roof'- Multidisciplinary Snow Patch Research at NTNU. Frozen Pasts-2nd International Glacial Archaeology Symposium . IAR-NTNU; Trondheim. 2010-10-05 - 2010-10-07.
  • Ressem, Synnøve; Callanan, Martin Eugene; Vatne, Geir. (2010) Jegerene på fonna. Gemini [Internett]. 2010-09-08.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2009) Frozen Archives-Ancient Reindeer Hunters and the Snow-patches of Central Norway. Kvelds Forelesning . Yukon Government; Beringia Interpretive Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon. 2009-10-07.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2009) Snow Patch Archaeology from Central Norway. Public Lecture . Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Project Group; Whitehorse, Yukon. 2009-10-08.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2009) The Snow Patch Archaeology of Central Norway. Public Lecture . Kwanlin Dün First Nation; Whitehorse. 2009-10-08.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene; Barton, Kevin. (2009) Eksperimentelle geofysiske undersøkelser. Storbreen, Oppdal 2008-2009. Norsk Arkeolog Møte . SAK, Vitenskapsmuseet, Trondheim; NTNU. 2009-11-05 - 2009-11-07.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2008) 70 years and counting… Ice patch research from Central Norway. Ötzi, Schnidi and the Reindeer Hunters, Ice Patch Holocene Archaeology and Holocene Climate Change . Archaeological Service of the Canton of BernUniversität Bern; Bern. 2008-08-21 - 2008-08-22.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2008) Alpin Arkeologi. Schrödingers Katt [TV]. 2008-10-30.
  • Callanan, Martin Eugene. (2008) Northern Snow Patch Archaeology. A Circum Polar Reappaisal. The Legacy of Guttorm Gjessing. . IAR-NTNU; Trondheim. 2008-10-10 - 2008-10-12.