Poul Erik Lindelof

Niels Bohr Institute

Neutron and X-Ray Scattering Group

CoNEXT (UCPH 2016 Interfaculty Research)

Archaeology and Physics

University of Copenhagen

Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Ø


Consultant i physics-based archaeology

Professor emeritus (experimental solid state physics)


+45 38283263 Phone

+45 30280006 I-Phone

Mine arkæologiske forskningsprojekter og andre af mine arkæologiske tiltag (på dansk)

Archaeological Research Projects

After my retirement as a professor in physics at the Niels Bohr Institute 2008, I have finished a BA degree (2011) and a MA degree (2013) both in prehistoric archaeology at University of Copenhagen. This has given me lots of knowledge and inspiration to intervene in various archaeological projects. Much study effort the first 4 semester was a coverage of prehistoric archaeology in all parts of Denmark.


To study many localities in Denmark and abroad I used the Google maps to s study in detail the many archaeological places we were taughtt, but it also led me to many potential places for new archaeological sites. Th us I found reminiscence of a ring castle in southern Skåne at Foteviken. Already in 2008 I made a publication on my homepage about my findings (). The finding was supported by Hartmann's Foundation. The interpretation of the exact circle became my BA thesis. A more detailed study of the finding (and the nearby, but removed church) is still to be written as a longer article. In connection with this finding is the discovery by Crumlin-Pedersen of 5 vikingshibs forming a barrier at the intrance to Foteviken. A topic which has also taken my interest.


In the summer 2009 I was lucky enough to have my 1 month "seminargravning" at Gl. Lejre, where Tom Christensen from Roskilde Museum was excavating 3 big viking halls (one being 62 m long). I learned a lot about excavation technique in Gl. Lejre and wrote an informal Photobook about the experiences.

Dating foundation of the Olduvai Culture

For palaeolithic findings the time for the production of artifacts and for the life of the hominids is of paramount importance. Beyond 40.000 years before present (BP) the C-14 method is useless. I review the dating methods for the oldest hominid findings, the Oldowai Culture ~2.6-1.8 million years BPin the enclosed article (Oldowankulturens dateringsgrundlag).

Palaeolithics at Mata Menge, Flores, Indonesia

Since the discovery of Homo floresiensis in the Liang Bua Cave in 2004, there has been an intensive search for stone artifacts and fossils. Recently Gert van den Bergh et al. (2016) have found the first palaeolithic human fossils on Flores outside the Liang Bua Cave (se "Homo floresiensis" og nogle af dets mange problemer: Arkæologiske, Kronologiske, Evolutionære, Teknologiske og Levevis). In my thesis from 2013 at University of Copenhagen (part1, part 2, part 3, part 4) I have described the excavation, in which I participated in 2011 at Mata Menge and the determined dating of the stone artifacts and the animal fossils found. The life as an archaeological excavator at Mata Menge has been described in the Photobook "Jagten på Homo floresiensis' forfædre" (2011).

Homo erectus

The evolution of homonids have occurred in steps separated by long periods with no detectable changes. The most extreme case is the stand-still in development between 1.8 and 0,8 mill.yers ago, where Homo erectus w hardly changed and their stone technology also did hardly change. After this long stable situation thing developed faster with species as Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalis, Homo sapiens and many more. In a short article (Homo erectus), I sketch this development.

Palaeolithics in Moroccan Sahara





Poul Erik Lindelof

Curriculum Vitae


1938: Born in Odense, Fyn

1945-50: Ida Holst Realskole, Svendborg

1950-1957: Roskilde Cathedral School

1961-65 Egmont College

1963: MSc (EF), Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

1965-67: Sergeant in the Danish Air Forces

1969; Licentiatus Technices (PhD), DTU

1969-70: Postdoc at Techn.University, Finland

1971-73: Postdoc at Lancaster University, England

1973: Associate Prof., University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

1981: Dr.Scient. at UCPH

1986: Head of Molecular Beam Epitaxy Center, UCPH

1988: Reader (Docent) at Niels Bohr Institute, UCPH

2000: Initiator and Vicedirector, Nanoscience Center (UCPH)

2001: External Professor at UNSW, Sydney, Australia

2004: Professor at Niels Bohr Institute, UCPH

2008: Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg

2008: Emeritus Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, UCPH

2011: BA in Prehistoric Archaeology, UCPH

2013: MA in Prehistoric Archaeology, UCPH

2014: Consultant in physics-based archaeology, UCPH

2014: Co-PI at CONEXT (interfaculty collaborative project of the new neutron and X-ray research infrastructures close to Copenhagen University