David Hill is an archaeologist and researcher at NIKU’s office in Tønsberg, where is works as project manager, case handler and excavation leader related to archaeological excavations in medieval towns, churches, fortifications and monasteries, as well as developing research themes related to the Middle Ages.
He has extensive experience in research and management projects in Eastern Norway. David has worked at the Museum Cultural History, University of Oslo and as a county archaeologist in Akershus, Vestfold and Telemark. David has been active in the field and has built up expertise in all periods from the Mesolithic Period to the Middle Ages. David was employed as a GIS manager on the Gråfjell project, which focused on outland archeology and in particular iron production sites. David has participated in medieval excavations in Oslo (Sørenga), and in Tønsberg (Nedre Langgate 43).
David holds a master’s degree (MPhill) from the Center for Nordic Viking Age and Middle Ages at the University of Oslo where he wrote a dissertation on the east Norwegian medieval towns entitled: Medieval Towns and the Rural Economy in Eastern Norway: Central Place Theory, Settlement and Taxation AD 1000 – AD 1350.
With his background in GIS (surveying, digital tools, databases and digital maps), David was employed as a research fellow at the Museum of Cultural History and participated in the Metropolis project in Izmir, Turkey. David defended his Ph.D. thesis: Urbanization and settlement in western Asia Minor: Ionia and Metropolis in the Torbalı Plain, a GIS approach in 2016. The research resulted in new knowledge of the ancient Ionia region, and has been published in several international journals and monographs.
David participated in the Thanatos Project (IAKH, UIO) at the Antique city of Hierapolis in western Turkey, where he surveyed the eastern necropolis consisting of more than 700 Roman Imperial tombs, as well as Byzantine graves and structures. He has also worked on the Tegea project in Arcadia, Greece, where he was responsible for digital documentation during excavations from 2011-2013 and held a field course for Danish and Norwegian students in GIS and archaeological surveying.
David conducts research at Kastro Apalirou on the island of Naxos in Greece from 2011, the site is a new urban formation from ca. 650 and up to 1220. The urban site is unique in European with preserved building remains from the Byzantine period. The project is a collaboration between the Norwegian Institute of Athens, the UIO (IAKH and KHM), Greek archaeological authorities (2nd Ephorate of Archaeology for the Cyclades), and the Universities of Edinburgh and Newcastle. The project has published a number of articles internationally and a monograph in 2017 titled: Naxos and the Byzantine Aegean: Insular Responses to Regional Change. Papers and Monographs from the Norwegian Institute at Athens Vol 7.
David regularly participates in workshops and conferences both in Norway and abroad, and actively publishes articles from his research in journals and monographs.