Dr. Frigga Kruse

Frigga KrusePhilip Bartz für die Volkswagenstiftung

Research staff

Olshausenstrasse 75, 24118 Kiel, Raum: 109
Phone: +49 (0) 431 880-1229

Research interests

  • Arctic industrial archaeology and mining history
  • Arctic environmental archaeology and historical ecology

Work experience

2018 – heute
Freigeist Fellow, Junior Research Group Leader
University of Kiel/GER, Institute for Ecosystem Research

2015 – heute
Guide on expedition cruises in Svalbard (4 Arctic seasons)
Oceanwide Expeditions, Vlissingen/NED
Tallship Company, Franker/NED

2017 – 2018
Project geologist on the A9 Dualling Pitlochry to Glen Garry (Scotland)
Raeburn Drilling and Geotechnical, Hamilton/UK

2014 – 2016
Post-doc researcher in Arctic environmental archaeology (3 years)
University of Groningen, NED

2008 – 2012
PhD researcher in Arctic industrial archaeology (4 years)
University of Groningen, NED

2004 – 2008        Engineering geologist and commercial archaeologist (4 years)
Ian Farmer Associates, Newcastle-upon-Tyne/UK


Books (1)

KRUSE, F. (2013) Frozen assets – British mining, exploration, and geopolitics on Spitsbergen, 1904 – 53. Groningen: Barkhuis.
Nominated for the William Mills Prize for Non-Fiction Polar Books 2014.
Nominated for the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation Research Prize 2014.

Book chapters (2)

KOEWEIDEN, M., KRUSE, F., AND STEENHUISEN, F. (2015) Archeologie en archeologische verkenningen. In L. Hacquebord, E. Postma, and E. Verheul (eds). Met de Zr. Ms. Zeeland op expeditite naar Jan Mayen. Groningen: Barkhuis: 74-79.

KRUSE, F. (2012) Spitsbergen – Imperialists beyond the Empire. In L. Hacquebord (ed.). LASHIPA: History of large-scale resource exploitation in polar areas. Groningen: Barkhuis: 61-70.

Peer-reviewed articles (8)

 KRUSE, F. (forthcoming) Arctic crashes and early commercial hunting: the case of the bowhead whale in Spitsbergen (Svalbard). In I. Krupnik and A. L. Crowell (eds) Arctic crashes: people and animals in the changing North. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institute, Arctic Studies Centre.

KRUSE, F. (2017) Catching up: the state and potential of historical catch data from Svalbard in the European Arctic. Polar Record 53 (5): 520-533.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247417000481

KRUSE, F. (2016) Britische Bergbauambitionen und Territorialansprüche auf Spitzbergen in den Jahren 1904–1927. Polarforschung 86 (2): 111-126.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2312/polarforschung.86.2.111

KRUSE, F. (2016) Historical perspectives: the European commercial exploitation of Arctic mineral resources after 1500 AD. Polarforschung 86 (1): 15-26.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2312/polarforschung.86.1.15

KRUSE, F. (2016) Is Svalbard a pristine ecosystem? Reconstructing 420 years of human presence in the Arctic archipelago. Polar Record 52 (5): 518-534.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0032247416000309

KOSTER, B. AND KRUSE, F. (2016) The use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in the investigation of historical quarry abandonment in Svalbard in the European High Arctic. Polar Record 52 (3): 330-344.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247415000844

KRUSE, F. (2011) Four former British mining settlements on Spitsbergen. Mining Perspective: the 8th International Mining History Congress 2009. Penventon Park Hotel, Redruth, 12 – 15 June. Truro: Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Cornwall Council: 117-124.

 AVANGO, D., HACQUEBORD, L., AALDERS, Y., HAAS, H. DE, GUSTAFSSON, U., AND KRUSE, F. (2011) Between markets and geo-politics: natural resource exploitation on Spitsbergen from 1600 to the present day. Polar Record 47 (1): 29–39.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0032247410000069

Professional articles (7)

KRUSE. F. (2016) Selskapsgründernes rolle i britisk gruvedrifts vekst og fall på Spitsbergen [The role of company promoters in the rise and fall of British mining on Spitsbergen]. Ottar 310: 33-39.

POPE, A., FUGMANN, G., AND KRUSE, F. (2014) Association of Polar Early Career Scientists promotes professional skills. Letter. Eos, 95 (24): 204.

KRUSE, F. (2010) The archaeology of British prospecting and mining on Spitsbergen. Geo.brief 8: 8-9.

KRUSE, F. (2008) Building foundations – a geotechnical standard for soil description. The Archaeologist 70: 11.

UTSI, E. AND  KRUSE, F. (2008) The Villiers Street Chapel Burial Vaults - A Case Study in GPR Detection. In Chignell, R. J. and Rogers, C. J. (eds) Proceedings of GPR 2008, the 12th International Conference on Ground Penetrating Radar, Birmingham.

KRUSE, F. (2006) Geotechnical and geoenvironmental site investigation. BAJR Guide 11. Available at: http://www.bajr.org/BAJRread/BAJRGuides.asp

STEWART, I. J. AND KRUSE, F. (2006) Rothbury: All Saints Church. Archaeology in Northumberland 16 (9).

Reviews (2)

KRUSE, F. (2014) Arctic Frontiers Conference 2014: Humans in the Arctic. Conference review. The Polar Journal 4 (2): 427-428.

KRUSE, F. (2014) Antarctic futures: human engagement with the Antarctic environment. Book review. Polar Record, 50 (special issue 4), e28 (2 pages).

Reports (9)

Kruse, F.
(2016) Human impact at Advent City (RiS ID 10516). Post-excavation assessment report. Groningen: University of Groningen, Arctic Centre. 60 pages.

Kruse, F. (2016) Human impact at Advent City (RiS ID 10516). History in photographs II: environmental impacts. Groningen: University of Groningen, Arctic Centre. 11 pages.

Kruse, F. (2016) Human impact at Advent City (RiS ID 10516). History in photographs I: site formation processes. Groningen: University of Groningen, Arctic Centre. 25 pages.

Kruse, F., Dresscher, S., and Koeweiden, M. (2016) Pomor archaeology on Edgeøya, Svalbard (RiS ID 10194). Final fieldwork report. Groningen: Arctic Centre. 176 pages.

Kruse, F. (2015) Historical archaeology of Advent City and Hiorthhamn, Isfjorden, Spitsbergen. Final report. Groningen: Arctic Centre. 130 pages.

Kruse, F. and Koster, B. (2015) Interdisciplinary archaeological fieldwork on Blomstrand, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen. Final report. Groningen: Arctic Centre. 224 pages.

Kruse, F.
(2014) Archaeological fieldwork on Jan Mayen, Norwegian Sea. Final report. Groningen: Arctic Centre. 59 pages.

Avango, D., Haas, H. de, and Kruse, F. (2010) LASHIPA 9. Archaeological expedition on Spitsbergen, 31 July – 15 August. Groningen: Arctic Centre.

Aalders, Y., Avango, D., Gustafsson, U., Haas, H. de, De Pascale, S., Hacquebord, L., Hartnell, C., and Kruse, F. (2008) LASHIPA 5. Archaeological expedition on Spitsbergen, 27 July – 17 August. Groningen: Arctic Centre.

Funding received

EUR 821,300
VolkswagenFoundation, Hannover/GER
Freigeist Fellowship
Research topic “Timeless Arctic – commercial hunting in the reconstruction of human impact in Svalbard”

NOK 188,500 (ca. EUR 20,800)
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund, Svalbard/NO
Outreach project ‘3D reconstruction of Advent City’ (SEPF project no. 16/64)

NOK 75,000 (ca. EUR 8,000)
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund, Svalbard/NO
Research project ‘Pomor archaeology on Edgeøya’ (SEPF project no. 15/73)

EUR 450
Canadian Embassy, NED
APECS  Netherlands poster awards at the Pool tot Pool Public Day

NOK 88,000 (ca. EUR 10,700)
Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund, Svalbard/NO
Research project ‘Marble at Fault’ (SEPF project no. 13/67)

3 x  EUR 2,700
Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO), NED
APECS Netherlands symposia in 2013, 2014, and 2015


Lecturing and assessment on the Bachelor course Arctic and Antarctic Studies, RUG/NL

Lecturing and assessment on the Bachelor course Introduction to Arctic Archaeology, RUG/NL

Guest lectures on the Master course Sustainability of People in the Polar Regions, RUG/NL

Supervision of staff and students on fieldwork

Supervision of Bachelor dissertations

Committee & University Service

2016 – current
APECS Netherlands National Committee, Mentor

2014 – 2016
Centre for Canadian Studies Board,  Arctic Centre representative

2012 – 2016
APECS Netherlands National Committee, co-founder and chair

2013 – 2014
APECS Executive Committee, vice-president

PhD Council in the Graduate School for the Humanities (GSH), Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) representative

Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) Advisory Board,  PhD Representative

Netherlands Polar Network (NLPN), co-founder

Membership of Professional Bodies

2015 – current
International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)

2014 – current
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Polarforschung (DGP)

2013 – current
Polar Archaeology Network (PAN)

2012 – 2016
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

2009 – 2016
Willem Barentsz Polar Institute (WBPI)

2009 – 2012
Netherlands Polar Network (NLNP, replaced by APECS Netherlands)

2008 – 2010
The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH)

2006 – 2009
Institute of Field Archaeologists (IfA), Practitioner (PIFA), then Associate (AIFA)

Conference Organisation

APECS Netherlands Open Science Symposium, The Hague, NED

APECS Netherlands Open Science Symposium, Groningen, NED

Arctic Frontiers Conference, Scientific Steering Committee, Tromsø, NO

APECS Benelux Symposium, The Hague, NED

Netherlands Polar Network Day, Groningen, NED

Arctic fieldwork (7)

Project leader, archaeological and botanical fieldwork at Advent City and Hiorthhamn, Isfjord, Spitsbergen, 5-19 August

Group leader archaeology, soil phosphate survey and community archaeology during the Scientific Expedition Edgeøya Svalbard (SEES.nl), 19-28 August

Group leader archaeology, archaeological fieldwork during the Dutch naval and scientific Jan Mayen Expedition, 13-25 August

Project leader, historical archaeological fieldwork at Advent City and Hiorthhamn, Isfjord, Spitsbergen, 22 July

Project leader, archaeological and geophysical fieldwork on Blomstrandhalvøya, Kongsfjord, Spitsbergen, 12-20 July

Team member, industrial archaeological survey on the west coast and the east coast of Spitsbergen, 31 July – 15 August

Team member, industrial archaeological survey on the west coast of Spitsbergen, 27 July – 17 August

Projects in the Research in Svalbard (RiS) database (10)

RiS ID 10597: Vegetation succession after human impact at Advent City

RiS ID 10516: Human impact at Advent City

RiS ID 10255: Archaeological survey on Jan Mayen, Norwegian Sea

RiS ID 10194: Pomor archaeology on Edgeøya

RiS ID 10105: Archaeological rescue excavation in Kvalrossbukta on Jan Mayen

RiS ID 10014: Science and tourism – an integrated approach to Arctic fieldwork

RiS ID 6917: Ecological consequences of four hundred years of natural-resource exploitation in Svalbard

RiS ID 6912: Marble at fault

RiS ID 4520: Netherlands Scientific Expedition Edgeøya Svalbard SEES.nl

RiS ID 3106: Large scale historical exploitation of polar areas

Outreach and science communication in recent years

Facebook page: “Polar bear says”

YouTube channel: “Polar bear says”

Public lecture: Mächtiger als das Schwert. Der anglo-skandinavische Hahnenkampf um Spitsbergen in Wort und Bild.
Night of the Profs, CAU Kiel (GER), 16 November.
Night of the Profs am 16.11.2018: Versteigerung von Polarexpeditionsjacken

Public lecture: Neues aus Spitzbergen.
Erzähl-Cafe SELK, Hohenwestedt (GER), 12 March.

Media presence in recent years

Online: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU). 2018. 7.500 zufriendene Gäste bei der Night of the Profs. 19. November.
Night of the Profs am 16.11.2018: Versteigerung von Polarexpeditionsjacken

Newspaper (GER): Die Welt. 2018. Eine Kielerin beim CSI Spitzbergen. 5. November.

Online: Die Welt. 2018. “CSI Spitzbergen” – Frigga Kruse und die Jagd in der Arktis. 4. November.

Newspaper (GER): Schleswig-Holsteinische Landeszeitung (LZ). 2018. Die Knochensucherin. 24. Oktober: 3.

Online: Polarkreisportal. 2018. Spitzbergen-Projekt: Mit Archäologie zum Umweltmanagement.

Online: Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU). 2018. Freigeist-Fellowship für Frigga Kruse. 18. September.

Online: VolkswagenStiftung (VWS). 2018. Freigeist-Fellowships 2018: Preisverleihung an acht junge Forscherpersönlichkeiten. 18. September.

Newspaper (GER): Schleswig-holsteinische Landeszeitung (LZ). 2017. Archölogischer Ausflug ins Land der weißen Bären. 17. March.