Ancient cultures


Assyriology revolves around the literature, religion and economics of ancient Mesopotamia in the period from approximately 2600–200 BCE, and is based primarily on texts written in the two main languages of the day, Sumerian and Akkadian. Researchers are currently working on a temple archive excavated in the city of Nippur in Iraq and on the early kingdoms and particular aspects of Mesopotamian religious history, e.g. rituals and their economic significance.

Native American languages and culture

The focus of the research is on the culture, language and history of the Mesoamerican cultural area (Central and southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize) in the period from about 1200 BCE to 1700 CE. Current research activities and topics include writing and iconography in Central Mexico, Mayan texts from Belize and Guatemala from the classical period, colonial art from Mexican churches and monasteries, as well as objects from the National Museum of Denmark’s American collections.

Near-Eastern archaeology

Near-Eastern archaeology conducts research into the archaeology, culture, environment and history of Egypt, the Levant (Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon), Anatolia (Turkey), Mesopotamia (Iraq), Iran and the Arabian Peninsula from the first hunter-gatherers to the classical period (20,000 BCE to 400 CE). Based on theoretical questions about the study of material culture, the focus is on a range of significant themes in human social life over thousands of years, including topics such as domestication, agriculture, animal husbandry and the formation of rural communities, towns, states and empires. Current research activities include the development of agriculture, food and rituals as well as cultural heritage questions.


Egyptology research at ToRS is rooted in the philological and archaeological traditions and focuses on literature, socio-economic history and material culture. Current projects include the publication of written sources (primarily hieratic and demotic papyrus) from The New Kingdom (approximately 1500–1000 BCE) and from the Greek-Roman period (approx. 332 BCE – 395 CE), as well as archaeological excavations of royal tombs in El-Kurru (Sudan).

Research centres and projects


    NameTitleJob responsibilitiesPhoneE-mail
    Brisch, NicoleAssociate professor Assyriology +45 51 30 07 63E-mail
    Bystron, Agnieszka MagdalenaPhD Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology  E-mail
    Dann, Rachael JaneAssociate researcher Near Eastern Archaeology +45 21 17 97 73E-mail
    Dietz, SørenAffiliate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +4521521550E-mail
    Frandsen, Paul JohnAssociate professor, research and development Egyptology  E-mail
    Hagen, Fredrik NorlandProfessor Egyptology +45 51 30 00 94E-mail
    Hansen, Magnus PharaoPostdoc American Indian Studies +45 23 47 78 26E-mail
    Helmke, ChristopheAssociate professor American Indian Studies +45 51 30 29 45E-mail
    Jörgensen Lindahl, AnnePhD Fellow Near Eastern Archaeology  E-mail
    Kerner, SusanneAssociate professor Near Eastern Archaeology +45 51 30 28 71E-mail
    Kinzel, MoritzResearch assistant Near Eastern Archaeology +45 51 30 33 10E-mail
    Larsen, Mogens TrolleAssociate professor, research and development Assyriology  E-mail
    Mortensen, PederAffiliate Professor Near Eastern Archaeology +45 51 30 32 39E-mail
    Nielsen, JesperAssociate professor American Indian Studies +45 51 30 24 21E-mail
    Nielsen, Jørgen SchølerAffiliate Professor Islamic Studies  E-mail
    Otaegui, Amaia ArranzAssistant professor Near Eastern Archaeology  E-mail
    Pedersen, Patrick NørskovPhD fellow Near Eastern Archaeology  E-mail
    Richter, TobiasAssociate professor Near Eastern Archaeology +45 51 30 28 59E-mail
    Roe, JoeResearch assistant Near Eastern Archaeology +45 60 56 37 63E-mail
    Ryholt, KimProfessor Egyptology +45 51 30 01 26E-mail
    Schiødt, SofiePhD Fellow Egyptology  E-mail
    Skuldbøl, Tim Boaz BruunAffiliate associate professor Near Eastern Archaeology +45 51 30 35 32E-mail
    Thuesen, IngolfHead of department Near Eastern Archaeology +45 353-28906E-mail
    Washbrook, SarahPostdoc American Indian Studies  E-mail
    Yeomans, LisaAssociate professor Near Eastern Archaeology +45 27 12 17 01E-mail