Professor Neil Price

Prof Neil Price BA, PHD, FSA, FRSA, FSA SCOT, CORRFRSE, FRGS content


Visiting Professor

Prof Neil Price Honorary Professor CNSBiography

Neil Price is Distinguished Professor of Archaeology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, having previously taught at the universities of Oslo and Stockholm. From 2007-2014 he held the Sixth Century Chair of Archaeology at Aberdeen, where he established the Department of Archaeology that continues today. A leading specialist in the Viking Age and the pre-Christian religions of the North, with additional interests in the historical archaeology of the Indo-Pacific region, his researches have taken him to more than 40 countries. For the next ten years he is directing one of Sweden's largest archaeological research projects, The Viking Phenomenon, leading an international team to explore the origins of this critical period in world history.

Research Interests

Early medieval archaeology, 400-1100 CE, focusing on the Viking period; early modern and historical archaeology, 1500-1950 CE; the social archaeology of conflict, particularly the Pacific Theatre of World War II; the comparative archaeology of piracy; the archaeology of shamanism and traditional belief systems; post-colonial approaches to material culture studies; archaeological ethics; the integration of archaeology and textual scholarship; archaeological biographies (artefactual, commodity, social and collateral); cognitive approaches to material culture.

Select Publications

1989. The Vikings in Brittany. Viking Society for Northern Research, London.

1994 (with Colleen Batey, Helen Clarke and R.I. Page, ed. James Graham-Campbell). Cultural Atlas of the Viking World. Andromeda, Oxford. Also published in 10 foreign language editions.

2002. The Viking Way: Religion and War in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Uppsala University Press, Uppsala.

Forthcoming 2017. The Viking Way: Magic and Mind in Late Iron Age Scandinavia. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

Forthcoming 2017. Odin's Whisper: Death and the Vikings. Reaktion Books, London.

Forthcoming 2018 (with Ben Raffield). The Vikings. Routledge, London & New York.

Forthcoming 2020. The Children of Ash and Elm: a History of the Vikings. Basic Books, New York / Penguin, London. Also to be published in 5 foreign language editions.

Edited volumes
2001. The Archaeology of Shamanism. Routledge, London & New York.

2008 (with Stefan Brink). The Viking World. Routledge, London & New York.

2013 (with Mark Hall). Medieval Scotland: a Future for its Past. Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Forthcoming 2018. Imperial Addictions: Collateral Archaeologies of Opium from the Indian Ocean to the China Seas, 1750-1900.

Professor Price has also published more than 100 academic papers in journals and books, alongside excavation reports, popular science articles and shorter pieces. His work has been translated into 15 languages.