Mads Kähler Holst

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Mads Kähler Holst FSA (born 30 August 1973)[1] is a Danish archaeologist and museum curator. He is the current director of Moesgaard Museum and a professor at Aarhus University.

Education and career[edit]

Holst studied prehistoric archaeology at Aarhus University and obtained his PhD in 2004.[2][3] His research has focused on Bronze Age and Iron Age wetland sites in Denmark,[3] including excavations of the remains of a battle that occurred at Alken Enge around 1 CE.[4][5] As director of the Moesgaard Museum, he also heads a project to document submerged Stone Age sites around the coasts of Jutland.[3]

Holst was appointed an assistant professor at Aarhus in 2007[1] and currently holds the position of professor with special responsibilities.[2] He is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters[6] and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2020.[7]

Moesgaard Museum[edit]

Holst has worked at Moesgaard Museum since 2006.[1] He was the head of its Antiquarian Department from 2014 and was appointed its executive director in 2016.[2][8] Under Holst's direction, the museum's budget initially went from a 10.4 million Danish krone deficit in 2016, to a 1.2 million kr. surplus in 2017,[9] but faced major economic difficulties in 2020 as a result of closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c "Curriculum Vitae – Mads Kähler Holst". Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  2. ^ a b c "New executive director". Moesgaard Museum. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  3. ^ a b c "DHSC Project Team: Professor Mads Kähler Holst, Dr Peter Moe Astrup & Claus Skriver, Moesgaard Museum". Deep History of Sea Country. 2017-08-21. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  4. ^ Lobell, Jarrett A. (November–December 2012). "The Bog Army". Archaeology Magazine.
  5. ^ "Archaeologists unearth ancient battle site". The Copenhagen Post. 2012-08-17.
  6. ^ "Mads Kähler Holst". Videnskabernes Selskab (in Danish). Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  7. ^ Society of Antiquaries of London [@SocAntiquaries] (2020-10-08). "Congratulations to the 10 new Fellows who were elected to the Society by ballot today" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "Moesgaard Museum ansætter ny direktør". TV2 ØSTJYLLAND (in Danish). 2016-08-22. Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  9. ^ Petersen, Hans (2018-06-10). "Moesgaard har fået økonomien på ret kurs". Stiftstidende (in Danish).
  10. ^ Ladekarl, Mads Gordon (2020-03-23). "Østjyske museer sender 500 medarbejdere hjem". Kulturmonitor (in Danish). Retrieved 2020-10-19.
  11. ^ Malacinski, Leny (2020-05-06). "En næsten frivillig lukning". Weekend Avisen (in Danish). Retrieved 2020-10-19.

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