Albína Hulda Pálsdóttir

PhD Candidate

Background

I am a zooarchaeologist from Iceland and joined CEES as a PhD student in December 2016. My advisers are Dr Sanne Boessenkool & Dr Nils Chr. Stenseth, CEES, University of Oslo, Dr Jón Hallsteinn Hallsson, Agricultural University of Iceland and Dr Juha Kantanen, Natural Resources Institute Finland. The project I am working on is “The Sheep and Horses of the Vikings: Archaeogenomics of Domesticates in the North Atlantic” and it is very interdisciplinary in nature and will use both traditional zooarchaeology and ancient DNA analysis. I am interested in understanding the origin of the horse- and sheep breeds of the North Atlantic as well as the impact of climate and cultural adaptation on their genetic makeup. For the project I will be selecting Viking Age sheep and horse bones from Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, the British Isles and more.

I have a husband and young daughter in Iceland so I will be based at the Agricultural University in Reykjavík during my PhD. I will be staying at CEES from January 2017 training in lab work and I will be at CEES regularly over the next years for lab work, data analysis and courses.

I completed my MA in zooarchaeology at Hunter College, The City University of New York in 2008 and before that a BA in Archaeology from the University of Iceland in 2005.

Tags: Zooarchaeology, Ancient DNA, aDNA, Viking Age, North Atlantic, Domestic mammals, Nordic, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Denmark

Publications

  • Ameen, Carly; Feuerborn, Tatiana R.; Brown, Sarah K.; Linderholm, Anna; Hulme-Beaman, Ardern; Lebrasseur, Ophélie; Sinding, Mikkel Holger Strander; Lounsberry, Zachary T.; Lin, Audrey T.; Appelt, Martin; Bachmann, Lutz; Betts, Matthew; Britton, Kate; Darwent, John; Dietz, Rune; Fredholm, Merethe; Gopalakrishnan, Shyam; Goruinova, Olga I.; Grønnow, Bjarne; Haile, James; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Harrison, Ramona; Heide-Jørgensen, Mads-Peter; Knecht, Rick; Losey, Robert J.; Masson-MacLean, Edouard; McGovern, Thomas H.; McManus-Fry, Ellen; Meldgaard, Morten; Midtdal, Åslaug; Moss, Madonna L.; Nikitin, Iurii G.; Nomokonova, Tatiana; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Perri, Angela; Popov, Aleksandr N.; Rankin, Lisa; Reuther, Joshua D.; Sablin, Mikhail V.; Schmidt, Anne Lisbeth; Shirar, Scott; Smiarowski, Konrad; Sonne, Christian; Stiner, Mary C.; Vasyukov, Mitya; West, Catherine F.; Ween, Gro Birgit; Wennerberg, Sanne Eline; Wiig, Øystein; Woollett, James; Dalén, Love; Hansen, Anders J.; Gilbert, Marcus Thomas Pius; Sacks, Benjamin N.; Frantz, Laurent A.F.; Larson, Greger; Dobney, Keith; Darwent, Christyann M. & Evin, Allowen (2019). Specialized sledge dogs accompanied Inuit dispersal across the North American Arctic. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452.  286:20291929(1929), s 1- 10 . doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1929 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Fages, Antoine; Hanghøj, Kristian; Khan, Naveed; Gaunitz, Charleen; Seguin-Orlando, Andaine; Leonardi, Michela; Constantz, McCrory; Gamba, Cristina; Al-Rasheid, Khaled A.S.; Albizuri, Silvia; Alfarhan, Ahmed H.; Allentoft, Morten; Alquraishi, Saleh; Anthony, David; Baimukhanov, Nurbol; Barrett, James H.; Bayarsaikhan, Jamsranjav; Benecke, Norbert; Bernáldez-Sánchez, Eloísa; Berrocal-Rangel, Luis; Biglari, Fereidoun; Boessenkool, Sanne; Boldgiv, Bazartseren; Brem, Gottfried; Brown, Dorcas; Burger, Joachim; Crubézy, Eric; Daugnora, Linas; Davoudi, Hossein; Barros Damgaard, Peter de; Chorro y de Villa-Ceballos, María de los Ángeles; Deschler-Erb, Sabine; Detry, Cleia; Dill, Nadine; Mar Oom, Maria do; Dohr, Anna; Ellingvåg, Sturla; Erdenebaatar, Diimaajav; Fathi, Homa; Felkel, Sabine; Fernández-Rodríguez, Carlos; García-Viñas, Esteban; Germonpré, Mietje; Granado, José D.; Hallsson, Jón H.; Hemmer, Helmut; Hofreiter, Michael; Kasparov, Aleksei; Khasanov, Mutalib; Khazaeli, Roya; Kosintsev, Pavel; Kristiansen, Kristian; Kubatbek, Tabaldiev; Kuderna, Lukas; Kuznetsov, Pavel; Laleh, Haeedeh; Leonard, Jennifer A.; Lhuillier, Johanna; von Lettow-Vorbeck, Corina Liesau; Logvin, Andrey; Lõugas, Lembi; Ludwig, Arne; Luis, Cristina; Arruda, Ana Margarida; Marques-Bonet, Tomas; Matoso Silva, Raquel; Merz, Victor; Mijiddorj, Enkhbayar; Miller, Bryan K.; Monchalov, Oleg; Mohaseb, Fatemeh A.; Morales, Arturo; Nieto-Espinet, Ariadna; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Onar, Vedat; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Pitulko, Vladimir; Pitskhelauri, Konstatin; Pruvost, Mélanie; Sikanjic, Petra Rajic; Papeša, Anita Rapan; Roslyakova, Natalia; Sardari, Alireza; Sauer, Eberhard; Schafberg, Renate; Scheu, Amelie; Schibler, Jörg; Schlumbaum, Angela; Serrand, Nathalie; Serres-Armero, Aitor; Shapiro, Beth; Sheikhi Seno, Shiva; Shevnina, Irina; Shidrang, Sonia; Southon, John; Star, Bastiaan; Sykes, Naomi; Taheri, Kamal; Taylor, William; Teegen, Wolf-Rüdiger; Vukičevic, Tajana Trbojevic; Trixl, Simon; Tumen, Dashzeveg; Undrakhbold, Sainbileg; Usmanova, Emma; Vahdati, Ali; Valenzuela-Lamas, Silvia; Viegas, Catarina; Wallner, Barbara; Weinstock, Jacobo; Zaibert, Victor; Benoit, Clavel; Lepetz, Sébastien; Mashkour, Marjan; Helgason, Agnar; Stefánsson, Kári; Barrey, Eric; Willerslev, Eske; Outram, Alan K.; Librado, Pablo & Orlando, Ludovic (2019). Tracking Five Millennia of Horse Management with Extensive Ancient Genome Time Series. Cell.  ISSN 0092-8674.  177(6), s 1419- 1435 . doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.03.049
  • Lucas, Gavin; Ólafsson, Guðmundur; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Skarphéðinsson, Indriði (2019). From fisherman’s cottage to summerhouse towards an archaeology of poverty and affluence in early twentieth century Iceland. Arcaeologia Islandica.  ISSN 1560-8026.  13, s 95- 132 Show summary
  • Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Star, Bastiaan; Leifsson, Rúnar; Gondek, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H.; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2019). Sexing Viking Age horses from burial and non-burial sites in Iceland using ancient DNA. Journal of Archaeological Science.  ISSN 0305-4403.  101, s 115- 122 . doi: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.11.007 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Bläuer, Auli; Rannamäe, Eve; Boessenkool, Sanne & Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn (2019). Not a limitless resource: ethics and guidelines for destructive sampling of archaeofaunal remains. Royal Society Open Science.  ISSN 2054-5703.  6(10), s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1098/rsos.191059

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  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2020). The importance of recording petrous bones in archaeofaunal collections. ICAZ (International Council for Archaeozoology) Newsletter.  20(1), s 31- 32
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Boessenkool, Sanne (2020). Sheep and Goat Skulls from Follobanen Bispegata Oslo, Norway: Ancient DNA Sampling Report. AUI Report. 123. Show summary
  • Leifsson, Rúnar; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 05. januar). Horses buried with Icelandic Viking nobles were male, ancient DNA shows. [Internett].  CBC news.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019). Hvað er hægt að gera við 340 dýrabeinagrindur? Samanburðarsafn í dýrabeinafornleifafræði við Landbúnaðarháskóla Íslands.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019). Hverjar eru elstu þekktu leifar um ketti á Norðurlöndum?. Vísindavefurinn.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019, 15. februar). Reindeer Cyclones Are Real, and You Definitely Don't Want to Get Caught in One. [Internett].  LiveScience website.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019). The animal bones found in Vatnsvik, lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019). Tooth wear of calf mandibles from the Icelandic ZooArch reference collection. AUI Report. 121. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019). Vatnsvik, Þingvallavatn from Iceland, In  The animal bones found in Vatnsvik, lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland.  Open Context.  Vatnsvik, Þingvallavatn from Iceland.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2019, 19. februar). Wild Way of the Vikings by Marmedia. [TV].  Wild Way of the Vikings by Marmedia.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 07. januar). Ancient DNA from Viking Graves Proves the Fierce Fighters Rode Male Horses. [Internett].  https://www.livescience.com/64432-vikings-buried-with-stalli.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 10. januar). Burials Suggest Icelandic Vikings Had a Thing for Stallions. [Internett].  www.smithsonianmag.com.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 07. januar). Lítið um hryss­ur í kuml­um vík­inga. [Internett].  mbl.is.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 07. januar). Lítið um hryssur í kumlum víkinga.  Morgunblaðið.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 07. januar). POWERFUL MALE VIKINGS WERE BURIED WITH THEIR POWERFUL MALE HORSES. [Internett].  Newsweek.com.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 02. januar). Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions. [Internett].  phys.org.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2019, 02. januar). Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions. [Internett].  Heritage daily.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Boessenkool, Sanne; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Star, Bastiaan; Barrett, James H. & Leifsson, Rúnar (2019, 07. januar). Ancient Horse DNA From Burial Sites In Iceland Suggests That Viking Age Warriors Preferred Male Horses. [Internett].  www.inquisitr.com.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn (2019, 19. juli). Merkilegar rannsóknir á uppruna og sögu tamda hestsins. [Internett].  Hestamennska.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Leifsson, Rúnar (2019, 02. april). Participant in the podcast ArchaeoAnimals, A Horse, Of Course - Ep 09. [Internett].  ArchaeoAnimals podcast.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Leifsson, Rúnar; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H.; Star, Bastiaan; Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2019, 07. mars). Fornleifarannsóknir: Hryssur ekki valdar í kuml.  Austurglugginn.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Star, Bastiaan; Leifsson, Rúnar; Gondek, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H. & Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn (2019). Which horse should we sacrifice? Sex as a determining factor for the selection of horses in Viking Age burials in Iceland.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Star, Bastiaan; Leifsson, Rúnar; Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H.; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2019). Kyngreining á hrossum úr kumlum með fornDNA. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Star, Bastiaan; Leifsson, Rúnar; Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H.; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2019). Kyngreining á hrossum úr kumlum með forn-DNA Hestar lagðir í kuml á Íslandi á víkingaöld.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Skarphéðinsson, Indriði (2019). The Animal Bones from Litlibær, Nes, Iceland.. AUI Report. 107. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Smith, Kevin P. (2019). Zooarchaeological analysis of bones from Hallmundarhellir cave. AUI Report. 85.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Star, Bastiaan; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Kantanen, Juha; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2019). Viking sheep of the North Atlantic: Origins & genetic heritage.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Star, Bastiaan; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Kantanen, Juha; Stenseth, Nils Chr.; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2019). The Sheep Saga: Archaeogenomics of Viking Age sheep in the North Atlantic.
  • Smith, Kevin P.; Ólafsson, Guðmundur; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Sigurðsson, Magnús (2019). Hallmundarhellir Cave: Report of Investigations, 2017.. Show summary
  • Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Star, Bastiaan; Leifsson, Rúnar; Gondek, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H.; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2018). Sexing Viking Age horses from burial and non-burial sites in Iceland using ancient DNA.
  • Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Star, Bastiaan; Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Gondek, Agata; Leifsson, Rúnar; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Bill, Jan; Svensson, Emma; Hufthammer, Anne Karin; Barrett, James; Orlando, Ludovic & Boessenkool, Sanne (2018). Viking Horses of the North Atlantic.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2018, 12. juli). Ancient ‘Iceman’ shows signs of a well-balanced last meal. [Internett].  AP news, Associated Press.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2018, 12. juli). Insides of ancient 'Iceman' shows signs of a well-balanced last meal. [Internett].  NBC Newa.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2018). Sauðkindin og dýrabeinafornleifafræði (The Zooarchaeology of the Icelandic Sheep).
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2018, 06. november). Sheep vs Goats - Ep04 https://www.archaeologypodcastnetwork.com/animals/04. [Internett].  ArchaeoAnimals podcast.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2018, 01. juni). The origins of Viking sheep. York Archaeological Trust website. https://www.yorkarchaeology.co.uk/get-involved/investing-in-people/albina-hulda-palsdottir/. [Internett].
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2018). Voru hrafnar á Íslandi fyrir landnám eða er íslenski hrafninn afkomandi hrafna Hrafna-Flóka? (Were there ravens in Iceland before settlement or are Icelandic ravens the descendants of the ravens of Hrafna-Flóki?). Icelandic Web of Science.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Barrett, James H.; Boessenkool, Sanne; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2018, 17. desember). Folum fórnað. [Internett].  Bændablaðið online.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Blauer, Auli & Rannamäe, Eva (2018). Sample now or save for later? Destructive sampling of archaeological animal remains.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Boessenkool, Sanne; Barrett, James H.; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan & Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa (2018, 12. desember). Mektige islandske vikinger fikk hingster med seg i graven. [Internett].  Titan.no.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Boessenkool, Sanne; Barrett, James H.; Leifsson, Rúnar; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Orlando, Ludovic; Star, Bastiaan; Wyrozemska, Agata Teresa & Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn (2018, 19. desember). Powerful Icelandic Vikings were buried with stallions. [Internett].  Titan.no.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Boessenkool, Sanne & Star, Bastiaan (2018). Ancient DNA sampling report Walrus bones from Alþingisreitur.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Joensen, Christina (ed.) (2018). Icelandic ZooArch laboratory website https://www.icelandiczooarch.is/.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Weldenegodguad, Melak; Kantanen, Juha; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2018). Archaeogenomics of Viking Age Sheep in the North Atlantic.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Weldenegodguad, Melak; Kantanen, Juha; Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Boessenkool, Sanne (2018). Viking Age Sheep in the North Atlantic.
  • Hallsson, Jón Hallsteinn & Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2017). Viking origin of native breeds in the North Atlantic?. Show summary
  • Kool, Anneleen; Grønbech, Marit Elisabeth; Bøckman, Petter; Ekrem, Gry; Teixidor Toneu, Irene & Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2017). Vikingdagen i Botanisk Hage.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2017). Sample now or save for later? Destructive analysis of domesticate bones from archaeofaunal collections. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2017, 12. april). THE ORIGINS OF ICELANDIC HORSES AND SHEEP WITH GRANDMA’S ICELANDIC LAMB SADDLE RECIPE. [Internett].  Cooking with Archaeologists. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2017). The Archaeogenomics of Viking sheep: Project update.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2017). The Sheep and Horses of the Vikings: Archaeogenomics of Domesticates in the North Atlantic.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda & Arge, Símun V. (2017, 07. januar). Fornílegur hjá húsdjórum í útnorðri, ein verkætlan http://savn.fo/00006/01261/. [Internett].  Sovn landsins/Faroese National Heritage website.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2016). Hestar og sauðfé víkinganna: Fornerfðafræði húsdýra í Norður-Atlantshafi.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2016). Livestock movements in the North Atlantic.
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2016). Livestock movements in the North Atlantic. Show summary
  • Palsdottir, Albina Hulda (2016). The Sheep and Horses of the Vikings: Archaeogenomics of Domesticates in the North Atlantic.. Show summary

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