Neil is Distinguished Professor of Archaeology at the University of
Uppsala, Sweden. A leading specialist in the Viking Age and the
pre-Christian religions of the North, and in the historical archaeology
of the Indo-Pacific region, his researches have taken him to more than
40 countries. Neil is a frequent contributor to international
archaeological television and radio, and is the historical consultant
for History Channel's Real Vikings documentaries, supporting their successful Vikings drama series.
From 2016-2025 he is directing Sweden's largest archaeological research project, The Viking Phenomenon, leading an international team to explore the origins of this critical period in world history. A second long-term project focuses on the multicultural impact of World War II across the island communities of the Pacific.
His critically acclaimed history of the Vikings, The Children of Ash and Elm, is published by Penguin Press/Allen Lane in the UK and Basic Books in the US.
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