Martin Callanan

Associate Professor Department of Historical Studies Faculty of Humanities
+47 73598322 +47 40066995
Erling Skakkes gate 47B, Gunnerushuset * A284

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 dissimination and network building.

At present I am working on the SPARC project in cooperation with the NTNU-University Museum in Trondheim. I also work on a project that focuses on alpine snow patches in Southern Sami areas

I act as coordinator for the international Frozen Pasts Network and am Managing Editor of the Journal of Glacial Archaeology.

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.