I was born on 24 January 1968 in Sieglar, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany — together with my identical twin brother Christian. My parents later moved with us to Berlin but only for one year. Between 1976 and 1990 I spent most of my childhood and school years in Tübingen, attending the Uhlandgymnasium until my Abitur in 1987. During the year 1987-88 I was a conscript in the (West-)German army in Bavaria.
Between 1988 and 1993 I studied Archaeology, Social Anthropology, and Physical Anthropology at the Universities of Tübingen, Reading, and Hamburg. I completed my first degree (M.A.) at Hamburg with a thesis on the contemporary meanings of megalithic monuments. I then moved on to the Department of Archaeology at the University of Wales, Lampeter (now defunct), first for an M.A. in Archaeological Theory and then for a Ph.D. entitled "Monumental Past: Interpreting the meanings of ancient monuments in later prehistoric Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany)", defended in 1998. I felt very much at home in Lampeter, Llanwnnen, and Llanybydder, and so did Ymke who joined me there in 1996 from Sheffield, but it was time to move on...
In 1998-99 I was a STINT Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Archaeology at Göteborg, and we had a great time in Sweden. During that year, I started two field projects: at Monte da Igreja in southern Portugal (still to be written up) and on Monte Polizzo in Sicily (completed in 2000). From 1999 until 2002 I conducted research and taught in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, two years of which I was replacing Ian Hodder while he was on leave in Stanford.
In 2002 we moved back to Sweden where I was awarded a European Commission funded Marie-Curie Fellowship for a 2-year research project on "The portrayal of archaeology in popular culture", based at the National Heritage Board (Riksantikvarieämbetet) in Stockholm.
From 2005 until 2008 I worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Lund. In 2007, I was promoted to Docent. Since 2008, I have been working as Associate Professor (Lektor) in Archaeology at Linnaeus University in Kalmar (before 2010 it was known as University College Kalmar). In 2011 I was promoted to Professor at the same University.
I live in Kalmar, with my two children.
Where is the beautiful city of Kalmar?