Kristiina Johanson

Kristiina obtained her previous degrees at the University of Tartu. After defending her doctoral thesis in 2018, she has dedicated herself to the study of archaeological plant remains. As a member of the Archemy group she has set-up a reference collection of contemporary plant remains, with the focus on both macroscopical as well as microscopical remains (phytoliths, starch grains). She has also started with the identification of archaeological plant micro- and macroremains from different contexts (e.g. soil, food crust).  

Her research interests also cover different Stone Age topics, from the Mesolithic habitation of Estonia to the interpretations of strayfound Late Neolithic stone axes with shaft-hole. She has explored the provenance of flint artefacts from Estonian Stone Age settlements, applying several geochemical methods (e.g. XRF, XRD). At the moment she is working on the comparative collection of different flint raw materials.  


  1. Johanson, K.Kriiska, A.; Aruväli, J.; Somelar, P.; Sikk, K.; Sepp, L. (2020). Local or imported? Tracking the provenance of the flint raw material of the Mesolithic habitants of Estonia and Northern Latvia with the help of geochemical methods. In: Borić, D., Antonović, D., Mihailović, B. and Stefanović, S. (Ed.). Holocene Foragers in Europe and Beyond (Papers Presented the Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe MESO 2015, Belgrade, Serbia) (xxx−xxx). Belgrade; Oxford: Serbian Archaeological Society; Oxbow Books [in print].
  2. Sikk, K.; Kriiska, A.; Johanson, K.; Sander, K.; Vindi, A. (2020). Environment and settlement location choice in Stone Age Estonia. Estonian Journal of Archaeology, 24 (2), 89−140.10.3176/arch.2020.2.01


  1. Johanson, K.; Kriiska, A.; Sikk, K.; Aruväli, J.; Somelar, P.; Sepp, L. (2015). Local or imported? Assessing the flint preferences of the Mesolithic habitants in Estonia and northern Latvia with the help geochemical methods. Book of Abstracts: The Ninth International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe 14th-18th September. 2015. Belgrade / Serbia. Ed. Borić, D. Belgrade: Institute of Archaeology: Faculty of Philosophy: National Museum: Cardiff University, 85−86.  
  2. Kriiska, A.; Khrustaleva, I.; Johanson, K. (2018). Checking the borders. Distribution of redeposited Silurian and Carboniferous flint in Estonia and Russia. ABSTRACT BOOK: International conference “Crossing the Borders. Interregional and Cross-Cultural Interactions in the Context of Lithic Studies” (15th SKAM Lithic Workshop) 17–19 October 2018, Minsk. Ed. Vitali Asheichyk, Dagmara H. Werra, Iwona Sobkowiak-Tabaka, Katarzyna Pyżewicz, Aliaksandr Vashanau. Minsk: Stowarzyszenie Krzemieniarskie SKAM & Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, 37. 
  3. Tõrv, M.; Johanson, K. (2022). Richard Indreko – arheoloog paguluses. Konverents. Gustav Ränk 120. Tartust laiemasse maailma. Eesti Rahva Muuseum, 6.04.2022
  4. Johanson, K.; Chen, S., Oras, E.; Sammler, S.; Blehner, M. A. (2022). Multi-approach analysis of plant consumption: a case-study of Iron Age settlement at Pada, NE Estonia. – 28th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), Budapest, Hungary, 31 August –3 September 2022.
  5. Johanson, K.; Chen, S.; Oras, E.; Sammler, S.; Blehner, M. A. (2022). Mida nad sõid Pada asula savinõude kõrbekihtide analüüs. –  Interdistsiplinaarsed võimaluse minevikusündmuste uurimisel, Tartu, 9. detsember 2022.