Stockholm University

Ulla Rajala is currently a researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Stockholm University. She is an archaeologist and interested in local identities and multiculturality in central Italy; she uses inscriptions as one of the material groups in her analysis.

She did her PhD thesis on the use of GIS in analysing human landscapes at the University of Cambridge in 2002. She became a docent in central Italian protohistoric archaeology at the University of Oulu in 2009

Selected publications:


U. Rajala (2016), (ed.) Italic inscriptions and databases workshop (Rome, 23 September 2014), themed section, Archeologia e calcolatori 26, 2015.


U. Rajala (2016), ‘Separating the emotions: Archaeological mentalities in central Italian funerary archaeology’, in H. Williams & M. Giles (ed.). Archaeologists and the Dead: Mortuary Archaeology in Contemporary Society, 68-96. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

U. Rajala (2014), ‘Biographies of tombs and the metaphorical representations of the crustumini: Remembering the Dead project and the funerary excavations at Cisterna Grande at Crustumerium 2004–2008’, in A. J. Nijboer, S. L. Willemsen, P. A. J. Attema & J. F. Seubers (ed.). Research into Pre-Roman Burial Grounds in Italy, Caeculus 8, 63–81.

U. Rajala, P. Mills (2014), ‘Defining Edges and Districts – ceramiscene in the territory of Nepi (VT, Lazio, Italy)’, in J. Ikäheimo, A.-K. Salmi & T. Äikäs (ed.). Sounds Like Theory. XII Nordic Theoretical Archaeology Group Meeting in Oulu 25. – 28.4.2012, MASF 2, 121–140 (

U. Rajala (2013), ‘The concentration and centralisation of late prehistoric settlement in central Italy: the evidence from the Nepi Survey’, Papers of the British School at Rome 81, 1-38.

U. Rajala, H. Arima, F. Fulminante & M. Helamaa (2013),‘Five field seasons at Cisterna Grande (Crustumerium, Rome, Italy): identities, rituals and remembrance from the Orientalising to the Archaic period’, in P. Attema, F. di Gennaro & E. Jarva (eds.). Crustumerium 1: Ricerche plurinazionali in un Centro latino, 61-82. Groningen: University of Groningen & Barkhuis.

U. Rajala (2012), ‘Political landscapes and local identities in Archaic central Italy – Interpreting the material from Nepi (VT, Lazio) and Cisterna Grande (Crustumerium, RM, Lazio)’, in S. Stoddart & G. Cifani (ed.). Landscape, ethnicity and identity in the archaic Mediterranean area, 120-143. Oxford: Oxbow.

P. J. E. Mills & U. Rajala (2011), ‘The Roman ceramic material from the fieldwalking in the environs of Nepi’, Papers of the British School at Rome 79, 147-240.