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Silje Evjenth Bentsen

Postdoctor in archaeology at SapienCE, University of Bergen

My primary research interests are combustion features, human culinary technology and the use of fire among hunter-gatherers. My research involves experimental archaeology and also incorporates geochemical, digital and other analyses of burnt sediments and items. I worked on Sibudu Cave, KZN, for my PhD (Wits, 2014) and then started working at Klasies River as a postdoctoral research fellow at Wits (2014-2018). I am now at the SFF Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour at the University of Bergen, Norway.


  • –present
    Postdoctor in archaeology, University of Bergen
  • 2017–2018
    Claude Leon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctor in archaeology, University of the Witwatersrand


  • 2014 
    University of the Witwatersrand, PhD archaeology
  • 2005 
    University of Oslo, MA archaeology