Birger Ekornåsvåg Helgestad
Project Curator for the Ur Project
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Dr. Birger Ekornåsvåg Helgestad has been employed as the Project Curator for the Ur Project at the British Museum since 2011.
He has a background in Art History and Near Eastern Archaeology. He completed his graduate studies at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London (PhD and MA), and his undergraduate studies at the University of Oslo (Cand.Mag.), and at the University of Copenhagen (BA). He completed his doctoral thesis in 2010. This thesis was titled Power Negotiations and Distributions of Knowledge: Glyptic Iconographies and Visual Media Strategies in Late Fourth Millennium BC. He has worked as an archaeologist and registrar on excavations in Syria and Turkey, and has also been involved in projects where he developed databases and web sites. He was the Sackler Fellow in Ancient Iranian Studies at the British Museum's Middle East Department in three periods between 2002 and 2006.
- Birger was the Sackler Fellow in Ancient Iranian Studies in the Department of the Middle east at the British Museum three times between 2002 and 2006.