Matilda Siebrecht cand. PhD

Member of EXARC since
E-mail address
m.i.siebrecht [at]


MA Archaeology from the University of Aberdeen (2014)

My dissertation looked at the possible uses of seaweed in Viking Age Metallurgy. This research used experimental methods working with seaweed in an iron-age style forge (provided by EXARC member Dave Budd). This research produced interesting results documenting the potential use of seaweed as a flux, tar, or possible hallucinogenic aid for blacksmiths in the past.

MSc in Material Culture Studies at Leiden University (2016)

I specialised further in experimental archaeology combined with microwear analysis. My focus for my research thesis was manufacturing techniques of prehistoric amber beads, which I expanded on further in a smaller-scale project investigating the manufacturing process of stone and bone beads from the Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk. I am particularly interested in the manufacturing techniques of ancient objects.

PhD in Arctic Archaeology at Groningen University (2022)

My PhD project expands further on my experience with experimental archaeology and microwear analysis, however my current region of focus is the prehistoric Dorset Culture of the eastern Canadian Arctic. As part of my PhD, I will be investigating the bone, anter, and ivory tools from this culture, looking at themes such as exchange, childhood learning and skill, craftsmanship, and perceptions of value.


As well as archaeology, I also studied journalism at the London School of Journalism. My aim is to make archeological research more approachable for non-specialists and the general public. One of the best ways to demonstrate the relevance and interest of archaeological research is through experimental archaeology, which provide a more 'hands on' approach to the past. Only by showing the value of what we do can we expect funding bodies and government officials to provide us with sufficient resources. As part of this goal, I am currently hosting the monthly EXARC chat show #FinallyFriday


Leiden Uni

TIP: Check the interview Matilda gave
Alumna Matilda Siebrecht hosts Experimental Archaeology Podcast:
‘We want to show the range archaeological research can take.’

June 16, 2020