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AmundsenHilde RigmorResearcher / archaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo23355061 97002244

Hilde Rigmor AmundsenResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355061 Mobile: 97002244

Hilde Rigmor Amundsen is an archaeologist and researcher II, and has been employed at NIKU since 2007.

Amundsen has long experience with research on and management of archaeological cultural heritage, and has extensive experience in project management. She has worked as an archaeologist for more than 25 years, including as county archaeologist in Østfold and Hedmark Counties. Amundsen has been head of many archaeological registration-projects, such as «Regionfelt Østlandet, Gråfjell», Åmot, Hedmark (1999-2002) and «Aursjøprosjektet», Nesset, Møre-Romsdal and Lesja, Oppland (2006-2007).

She has experience with many types of cultural heritage remains as well as cultural environments from prehistoric periods, with Stone Age and Bronze Age as specialities, with emphasis on cultural heritage in the outfields. She have participated in excavations and monitoring in medieval towns, and also has experience with cultural heritage from historic times.  

Her current research focus is primarily as manager of a research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council; «Cultural history, cultural heritage management and mediation in a South Sámi and Norse borderland» (2012-2015). She is participating in a network project between Sweden and Norway concerning cultural heritage of abandoned crofts; «Crofts at the border between history, archaeology and society”, financed by The Swedish National Heritage Board.

Amundsen has a master's degree from the University of Oslo (1994) and a doctoral thesis (PhD) from the same University (2011). Her thesis deals with major cultural traditions and processes of cultural changes from the Early Neolithic to Pre-Roman Iron Age between the large lakes of Mjøsa and Femunden in Hedmark County.

AndersenElisabethArt historianBuildingsOslo2335520090517819

Elisabeth AndersenArt historian

Phone: 23355200Mobile: 90517819


Elisabeth Andersen is an art historian and has been working at NIKU since 2008.

She is working on projects related to churches and religious objects. She has previously worked on the documentation project Norges Kirker (, and is currently a part of a project defining criteria for assessing heritage values of listed churches in Norway. She specializes in medieval art, and her present research is on Madonna tabernacles from the period c. 1100-c. 1350.

She has a Cand. Philol. from the University of Oslo.

BarlindhaugStineResearcher / archaeologistHigh NorthTromsø77750420 48119930

Stine BarlindhaugResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 77750420 Mobile: 48119930

Stine Barlindhaug is an archaeologist and researcher in the High North Department in Tromsø. She has worked at NIKU since 2001.

Barlindhaug's core competencies are in North Norwegian and Sami archaeology and cultural history, PGIS, remote sensing analysis, landscape analysis, impact analysis, and the recording and documentation of cultural monuments. Her current work primary focuses on methodological approaches to mapping and monitoring cultural heritage sites, and historic land use in the High North.

She previously worked in the cultural heritage management in Finnmark County, and has since headed and participated in a number of projects focused on North Norwegian and Sámi cultural history.

Barlindhaug holds a PhD from the Arctic University of Norway, UIT.

BauerEgil LindhartArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo4520517345205173

Egil Lindhart BauerArchaeologist

Phone: 45205173Mobile: 45205173


Egil Bauer is an archaeologist who started working in NIKU in 2014. His work comprises mainly archaeological surveillance and excavation projects in the medieval part of Oslo.

Bauer has an MA from the University of Oslo, where he wrote his thesis on the church topography in medieval Iceland. Parts of his master’s studies where carried out at Lund University, focusing on building archaeology and historical archaeology. In addition, his range of subjects includes history, history of religion, Medieval Latin, and art history, including Christian iconography from The Norwegian Institute in Rome.

Bauer has wide experience from large archaeological projects. He was excavation supervisor in the Avaldsnes Royal Manor Project run by the Museum of Cultural History in 2011–2014, and for four seasons he worked in the Hólar Project in northern Iceland. In addition, he has worked at NIKU’s office in Tønsberg, and has had short periods of employment in Akershus County Council, at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, and at the Museum of Cultural History.

Bauer’s areas of competence include the Nordic Middle Ages, historical archaeology, churches, interaction between medieval royal and episcopal power, building archaeology, and communication of archaeology to both young and old.


BergDagheidPaintings conservatorConservationOslo23355213 41540086

Dagheid BergPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355213 Mobile: 41540086

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BergSveinung KrokannResearcher / human geographerHeritage and SocietyOslo23355153 90501836

Sveinung Krokann BergResearcher / human geographer

Phone: 23355153 Mobile: 90501836

Sveinung Krokann Berg is a researcher and human geographer at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) and is currently working on a PhD at the Department for Planning, Property and Law at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

Krokann Berg’s research field lies at the intersection between innovation of new urban structures and adaptation of existing urban landscapes as a contribution to development. Identifying the opportunities in this intersection means respecting what already exists, and an openness to how adaptive reuse of existing structures may re-energize inventive activity. The bias of this research has been on how cultural heritage may serve as a framework for understanding and interpreting the possible futures and represent value in cultural as well as economic respect. Recent cases for research have involved urban development projects in several cities with an emphasis on transformation of industrial sites in a post-industrial context.

BergFredrikProject manager / adviserBuildingsOslo2335501546317495

Fredrik BergProject manager / adviser

Phone: 23355015Mobile: 46317495

Fredrik Berg has been a NIKU employee since early 2015 and is a conservation officer specializing in preservation and development of the built historic environment. His work involves counselling as well as R&D regarding sustainable management of historic urban areas in general, and challenges related to climate change and energy saving in historic buildings in particular.

Berg has a one year master degree in integrated conservation from Uppsala University.

BorgeMarianneArchitectHeritage and SocietyOslo2335504091738702

Marianne BorgeArchitect

Phone: 23355040Mobile: 91738702


Marianne is an architect and has been employed at NIKU since December 2015. She has a master’s degree in Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and further education qualifications in field urbanism from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO).

Marianne has experience from her own architecture practice – focusing on concept and product development of innovative architecture, municipal cultural heritage and communication. She is particularly interested in the potential of heritage in transformation processes.

Marianne has been a member of the board of the Oslo Association of Architects, sat on a number of juries, and contributed at several forums discussing how our cultural heritage is managed.

BraathenNinaHR DirectorManagementOslo9807427498074274

Nina BraathenHR Director

Phone: 98074274Mobile: 98074274

Nina Braathen is the HR director at NIKU. Nina qualified as a social worker at the Norwegian State College of Local Government Administration and Social Work (NKSH). In spring 2016 she is completing an Executive Master of Management degree from BI Norwegian Business School, where she has studied HRM (human resource management), employment and labour law and consulting.

Nina has been employed at NIKU since 2016. She has formerly worked as a consultant and manager for three boroughs in the City of Oslo. Before joining NIKU, she worked as an HR manager for the Norwegian Confederation of Sports.
BrendalsmoJanSenior researcher / archaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo23355012 

Jan BrendalsmoSenior researcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355012 Mobile:

Jan Brendalsmo is a senior research scientist and has worked at NIKU since 1994. Before this, Brendalsmo worked as an archaeologist and later office manager for the Directorate of Cultural Heritage.

His main area of work is related to the research, recording and reporting associated with towns and churches in the Middle Ages. In recent years he has conducted research about the minor cities and towns in the Middle Ages and modern times, partly linked to the Research Council funded project that NIKU has conducted on historical archaeology. He also works with historical landscape analysis and cultural heritage registration.

Brendalsmo has for years been responsible for a nationwide project for the Directorate of Cultural Heritage on identification, delineation and documentation of medieval cemeteries that are still in use. The project was completed in 2014. Another major project was the Directorate for Cultural Heritage`s work installing sprinkler systems in a large churches, Brendalsmo was NIKU`s project manager for the archaeological section where such facilities affect medieval cemeteries and other cultural remains.

His professional background is a minor in media and communication, a major in Nordic archaeology and social anthropology, a master degree in Scandinavian archaeology (Tønsberg before the year 1000. From farm to city. VARIA 28, 1994) and a Ph.D. in Medieval Archaeology (Churches and church builders in Trøndelag ca. 1000-1600. Unipub, 2006). Since 1979 he has published several articles on archaeology and medieval cultural history. Overall, his focus has been on the farm in late prehistoric and historic times, and the functional, social, economic and topographical changes which can be observed; for example in the form of the erection of a church or the establishing of an urban settlement on the farm. Based on archaeological and other sources, the goal has been to document and seek explanations for these kinds of changes.

CadamarteriJulianArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim4169961341699613

Julian CadamarteriArchaeologist

Phone: 41699613Mobile: 41699613

Julian has an MA in Archaeology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. His master´s thesis “Locks and keys in medieval Trondheim” is based on archaeological material from excavations in Trondheim. In addition to archaeology he has studied several subsidiary subjects, including history, history of religion and art history.

Julian has worked on numerous archaeological excavations and archaeological surveys from Oslo in the south to Finnmark in the north. Including projects for the following institutions: NTNU University Museum, the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Bergen University Museum, North Trøndelag County and the Sami Parliament of Norway. His wide ranging fieldwork experience spans everything from Mesolithic excavations to contemporary archaeology and surveying Sami cultural heritage. During his work he has developed an expertise in digital archaeological surveying and archaeological metal detecting. Julian is especially interested in medieval and post-medieval archaeology, conflict archaeology and material culture studies.

DammannÅseEthnologistBuildingsOslo23355209 94836960

Åse DammannEthnologist

Phone: 23355209 Mobile: 94836960

Åse Dammann has been employed at NIKU as an ethnologist since 2005. Her key expertise is environmental monitoring, buildings and built environment in a cultural historic perspective, cultural heritage in a user and owners perspective, cultural heritage management, and the effects of altered use of churches.

From 2010 she has been project manager for the third cycle of surveys of the environmental monitoring program “Old buildings then and now”, run by The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. The programme describes losses, alterations and current condition of SEFRAK-listed buildings older than 1900 in 18 Norwegian municipalities. The control surveys are carried out every fifth year, and the results are analysed in relation to numerous factors, such as socio-economic sector, physical and social geography, demographics, and building types.

Dammann has an MA in ethnology from The University of Oslo from 2003, and an MA in law from 1984. In 2007 and 2010 she studied Christian art and the history of church buildings at The Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo.

DerrickMichaelArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo

Michael Derrick

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DunlopAlexander RoryArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsBergen9084247190842471

Alexander Rory DunlopArchaeologist

Phone: 90842471Mobile: 90842471

Alexander Rory Dunlop is an archaeologist who has been working at NIKU’s Bergen office since the institute was established in 1994.
Prior to that he was attached to the Directorate for Cultural Heritage’s Bergen excavation unit. All told, he has more than 30 years’ experience of all kinds of archaeological investigations behind him, mainly in the medieval towns of Bergen and Stavanger.

He has become increasingly specialized in aspects of archaeological deposit monitoring since 2001, particularly in connection with the work at the world heritage site of Bryggen in Bergen, and has contributed to the production of two major works dealing with monitoring practices in Norway, one of these works being a Norwegian Standard.

EdmanThereseArchaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo2335504197740510

Therese EdmanArchaeologist

Phone: 23355041Mobile: 97740510

Therese Marie Edman is an archaeologist and is working on the use of digital documentation in archaeological excavations. Her main field is the use of GIS and Intrasis, but she is also looking into the possibilities that lie in the use of photogrammetry and laser scanning on medieval excavations.

She has a master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Oslo, where her focus was on the preconditions for the urbanization of the Oslo-area in the Viking and early medieval periods. Since then she has worked as a field archaeologist at several museums and counties, as well as NIKU’s excavations in Oslo in 2013 and 2014. In addition to this she has taken further education in GIS-systems.

Her field is the Viking and early medieval periods, and her particular interest is field documentation and how this can become a good tool for use in both research and heritage management.

Ekstrøm JordahlHanneArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTønsberg92497822

Hanne Ekstrøm JordahlArchaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 92497822


Hanne Ekstrøm Jordahl is an archaeologist specialising in osteoarchaeology (skeletal analysis) and works at NIKU's regional office in Tønsberg, where she has been employed since 2007.

Ekstrøm has a cand. philol. (second cycle) degree and studied at the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo. She also specialised in osteoarchaeology at the Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory at Stockholm University. She has extensive archaeological experience from different types of archaeological investigations ranging from prehistoric to medieval and post-reformation cultural heritage sites.

Hanne's spheres at NIKU include medieval towns and churches, church sites, monasteries and their cemeteries. She specialises in graves and burial customs spanning all eras, with a particular focus on unburnt human skeletal remains from the Middle Ages. She is responsible for project management/ excavation management, investigations, and osteoarchaeological analyses.  

EngtrøDag-ØyvindArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim45283585

Dag-Øyvind Engtrø

Phone: Mobile: 45283585

EriksenStefkaResearch DirectorManagementOslo2335520590707539

Stefka EriksenResearch Director

Phone: 23355205Mobile: 90707539

Stefka G. Eriksen is the research director at NIKU. Her main responsibilities are to:
  • Assist the development, progress, and finalization of NIKU’s research projects, including PhD projects;
  • Support and assist NIKU’s researchers with the preparation of funding applications, especially to Horizon 2020 and the Norwegian Research Council;
  • Motivate and assess the researchers’ publishing activities and strategies;
  • Coordinate yearly evaluation of the researchers’ competence and level of expertise, together with NIKU’s General Director;
  • Coordinate and conduct various statistics and reports of NIKU’s research activities.

Stefka’s academic background is from interdisciplinary medieval studies and she has studied Nordic archaeology, art history, history, and literary studies. She has a PhD degree from the University of Oslo (2010), with a dissertation focusing on book history and manuscript culture in France, Norway, and Iceland, c. 1200-1500. Further, she has published on intellectual culture, pedagogy, and attitudes to knowledge in Old Norse culture, from theoretical perspectives such as material philology, translation theory, poly-system theory, and cognitive theory.

EvensenCornelis HornArchitect / Urban PlannerHeritage and SocietyOslo2335506348409792

Cornelis Horn EvensenArchitect / Urban Planner

Phone: 23355063Mobile: 48409792


Cornelis Horn Evensen graduated from the Oslo School of Architecture in 1997. He has been working with urban planning ever since, and has been employed at NIKU since 2016.

Cornelis has professional experience from several levels of public administration in the field of urban planning, including positions in municipalities, county administrations and at the national level. His most recent post was as senior advisor at the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, where he spent 10 years in the Department of Area Planning. Here, he worked first on analyses of all of the Norwegian towns and cities, to make a register of urban areas of national historic interest. This resulted in the NB!-register, an official inventory of all the urban environments of cultural historic importance in Norway. After publishing the register on the Internet, as a public service from the Directorate, he worked on administrative matters concerning urban planning related cultural heritage in the NB!-towns and cities.

Before entering the Directorate, Cornelis worked as Head of Planning at the City of Oslo’s Office of Urban Heritage, as an urban planner at the City of Oslo’s planning authority, and as an area planner in a couple of smaller municipalities. He has also worked on strategic property planning for the Norwegian Defence Estates Authority (NDEA).

His core competence is urban planning and cultural heritage processes involving the above-mentioned different levels of authorities, improving processes, and finding optimal solutions.

EythórssonEinarSenior researcher/Social scientistHigh NorthTromsø77750444 40466831

Einar EythórssonSenior researcher/Social scientist

Phone: 77750444 Mobile: 40466831

Einar Eythórsson is a senior researcher at the High North Department in Tromsø. He has a Dr. Polit in planning and community studies from the University of Tromsø, and has worked as a researcher at NIKU since 2008. His research profile is: Economic adaptations, resource harvesting, land- and resource rights and traditional ecological knowledge in coastal Sami areas. Management systems for renewable natural resources and landscapes in the North Atlantic and the Arctic; fisheries and aquaculture; and wildlife management with focus on impact of wildfowl grazing on agricultural crops. Cross-disciplinary approaches to ecological change and ecosystem services.

He has experience as a project manager of several large research and analysis projects, such as Fjord Ecosystems – Sami Communities: Local Ecological Knowledge and Socio-Ecological History (NRC 2008-2011), and expert assessments on land use and traditional rights on previously state-owned land in Finnmark (Finnmark Commission 2009-2011). He is engaged in several multi-disciplinary research projects at the FRAM - High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment, and has conducted impact assessments for interventions in Sami settlement areas.

Eythórsson has previously worked as a researcher at Finnmark College, the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Rural Research (NIBR), the Northern Research Institute and Tromsø University Museum.

FageraasKnutResearcher / ethnologistHeritage and SocietyOslo23355207 99518027

Knut FageraasResearcher / ethnologist

Phone: 23355207 Mobile: 99518027

Knut Fageraas is an ethnologist and researcher at NIKU. Besides ethnology, he has studied political science, history and art history. He started working at NIKU in 2006.

His main work experience in the heritage field is related to cultural valuing of heritage and processes of economic added value, the dissonant relation of local versus regional/national heritage values, world heritage, environmental management, building heritage, technical and industrial cultural heritage.

He has a particular interest in the primary industries (history of agriculture, forestry and the fisheries) and heritage and the management of the outfields, as well as industrial history. He has written books on Norwegian forestry and outfield management and Norwegian forestry and the pulp and paper industry.

Currently he is working on a PhD about World Heritage with a case study of The Vega Archipelago World Heritage Area on the Helgeland Coast in northern Norway. The study is part of the research work at NIKU and is in affiliation with the Institute of Cultural Studies (IKOS) at the University of Oslo.

Knut has partaken in several research projects on Norwegian world heritage sites and places which, by Norwegian natural and cultural heritage management, are designated for projects of value creation with natural and cultural heritage. He has recently also been engaged in the documentation project related to the history and cultural heritage of the Norwegian State Forest and Land Corporation, along with various project recording cultural heritage buildings, industrial facilities and technical monuments.

Previously, Knut has worked at several museum institutions: The Norwegian Forest Museum, Elverum, Klevfos Industrial Museum, Løten, (2003-2006), Oslo Museum (2002-2003) and the Hedmark Museum, Hamar, (1992-1998). He has also worked in the media company Siste Nytt Gruppen AS (1999-2001).

FlyenAnne CathrineResearcher / architectBuildingsOslo2335520890040152

Anne Cathrine FlyenResearcher / architect

Phone: 23355208Mobile: 90040152

Anne-Cathrine Flyen is an architect and researcher. She has worked at NIKU since 2000, with a break in 2002-2007, when she worked for the Governor of Svalbard.

Flyen's area of expertise is technical building preservation, including damage and condition assessments of buildings and structures, decay of structures and materials, climate-related damage, management of cultural heritage and cultural heritage preservation in polar regions. Flyen has wide experience in writing management plans for cultural heritage, especially for industrial heritage sites.

She has participated in a number of EU funded research projects on environmental monitoring and building damage, and has worked on large, interdisciplinary Norwegian projects. The latter have focused on cultural heritage sites and the environmental effects of wear and biological decay of cultural monuments.

Flyen has extensive experience in building research, and worked as a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Building Research (now SINTEF-Building and Infrastructure) from 1988-1994. She also has extensive experience in public cultural heritage preservation and management, including from Byantikvaren, Municipality of Oslo (1994-1998), the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (1998-2000) and the Governor of Svalbard (2002-2007). Flyen is trained as an architect at NTNU in Trondheim. 

FuranNora FronthArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo9346623093466230

Nora Fronth FuranArchaeologist

Phone: 93466230Mobile: 93466230

Nora Front Furan is an archaeologist who has been working at NIKU’s office in Oslo since 2015.

Furans works mainly with archaeological watching briefs and excavation projects in the medieval towns of Oslo, Sarpsborg and Hamar. She has an MA in archaeology from the University of Oslo and an MA in cultural heritage from NTNU.

Furan`s areas of interest and competence includes cultural heritage management and organization, the Nordic Middle Ages and the Viking Age.

GablerManuelDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo23355029

Manuel Gabler

Phone: 23355029Mobile:

GustavsenLarsResearcher / ArchaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo2335505390797112

Lars GustavsenResearcher / Archaeologist

Phone: 23355053Mobile: 90797112

Lars Gustavsen is an archaeologist at NIKU. He has worked as a field archaeologist for over 15 years and has wide ranging experience from working in Norway as well as in the UK. In the last years he has been involved in the developement of new methods for digital archaeology and has gained considerable experience in GIS, digital mapping, the analysis of satellite images, laser scanning, hyper spectral scanning and geophysical prospection. Gustavsen received a BA (Hons.) in Archaeology from The University of York in 1999 and an MA in Landscape Archaeology from The University of Leicester in 2000.
GuttormsenTorgrim SneveResearcher / archaeologistHeritage and SocietyOslo2335505990899037

Torgrim Sneve GuttormsenResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355059Mobile: 90899037


Torgrim Sneve Guttormsen is an archaeologist (PhD) and Heritage Researcher, and has been employed in NIKU since 2001.

During his time in NIKU he has participated in numerous research projects and commissioned projects aimed at planning and management of cultural heritage and the uses of cultural heritage as societal resource. From the 1990s onwards he has participated in and been the leader of several archaeological excavations and field surveys in Norway, as well as participated at archaeological and heritage based projects in Greece, Italy and Oman. His primary research interests in NIKU has been research on cultural heritage and their environment, especially related to heritage, environmental monitoring and planning, i.e. cultural heritage as value in policy / management and in the society. His interests is also covering cultural heritage research aimed at public sectorial challenges, hence issues about urban heritage and road /technological-industrial heritage.

Guttormsen joined NIKU after finishing his MA in archaeology at the University of Oslo in 2001, he holds a doctorate in archaeology with heritage issues in focus from the University of Gothenburg.

HafsalNils AageGIS EngineerDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo2335506899521619

Nils Aage HafsalGIS Engineer

Phone: 23355068Mobile: 99521619


Nils Aage Hafsal is a GIS engineer who has worked at NIKU’s office in Oslo since 2015.

Hafsal is in charge of NIKU’s GIS systems and NIKU’s surveying equipment.

Before joining NIKU, Hafsal was a consultant in Statoil and a GIS engineer in the Norwegian Mapping Authority.

HalvorsenIngridArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim98641510

Ingrid Halvorsen

Phone: Mobile: 98641510

HalvorsenSunniva WilbergArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTønsberg92626778

Sunniva Wilberg HalvorsenArchaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 92626778

Sunniva Wilberg Halvorsen is an archaeologist, who has been working at NIKU’s office in Tønsberg since 2013. Her work comprises mainly archaeological watching briefs and excavation projects in medieval Tønsberg.

She has an MA in Archaeology from the University of Bergen. In addition, her range of subjects includes history, history of religion, and a specialisation in textile science and textile archaeology from the University College of Borås. 

Sunniva has wide experience from several different kinds of archaeological projects. She has previously worked as a museum curator at Lofotr Viking Museum, and as a museum leader and bureaucrat for the municipality of Nore og Uvdal. She has worked as an archaeologist for the University Museums in Oslo and Stavanger, and for the County Councils of Troms, Oppland, Buskerud and Møre og Romsdal.

HaugenAnnikaHead of department/researcherBuildingsOslo2335506741643690

Annika HaugenHead of department/researcher

Phone: 23355067Mobile: 41643690

Annika Haugen has a Master’s degree in civil engineering and a PhD degree from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The title of her doctoral thesis was "Heating and conservation of medieval stone churches, a study of the climate in stone masonry.” Haugen has been working in architect’s offices in Sweden and at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage in Norway. She has worked in NIKU since 1997.

Her main focus of research has been building technology related to masonry constructions, and questions regarding indoor climate and its influence on the building as well as the environment. In recent years she has also worked with the challenges related to climate change and energy saving in architecturally, historically and culturally valuable buildings. She works in the Building Department in NIKU.

HaugestenLarsArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTønsberg46427826

Lars HaugestenArchaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 46427826

Lars Haugesten is an archaeologist and worked on NIKU's Follo Project in 2014. From August 2015, Lars was the field supervisor for the Anders Madsen's Gate-project in Tønsberg, and since the project's conclusion he has worked on other smaller projects. His qualifications include a Bachelor's in Archaeology from the University of Oslo and a Master's degree in Archaeology from the University of Copenhagen.

After graduating in 2009, Lars worked at the Museum of Copenhagen, where he participated in the Metro Project and other smaller projects in central Copenhagen. He has also worked for other Danish museums, amongst other things as field supervisor for the Lolland-Falster Museum's tunnel project between Denmark and Germany.

Since June 2016, Lars has been substituting as a coordinator in Tønsberg.
HeggenhougenBritPaintings conservatorConservationOslo2335503541464571

Brit HeggenhougenPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355035Mobile: 41464571

Brit Heggenhougen is a paintings conservator and has worked at NIKU since 1996.

Her main tasks include: Architectural paint research, conservation and restoration of wallpaper (both canvas and paper), polychrome sculpture and wall paintings, and decoration on walls.

At NIKU Heggenhougen has been project manager for a number of projects, amongst others, the restoration of a painted canvas wall-hanging dated to 1770 at Stend manor and the restoration of wallpaper dated to 1780 at Loftesnes manor.

Heggenhougen graduated as a cabinetmaker in 1977, and worked as a carpenter in a private workshop for three years.  She has studied art history and ethnology at the University of Bergen. Heggenhougen was trained as a paintings conservator at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (1985-1992 ).
HelstadMagnusArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo9322905893229058

Magnus HelstadArchaeologist

Phone: 93229058Mobile: 93229058

Magnus Helstad is an archaeologist and works on the major excavation projects in the medieval ruins in Oslo. He has a Master's Degree in Archaeology from the University of Oslo and has previously studied history, art history and political science.

Helstad has varied archaeological field experience from major projects for, amongst others, Hedmark County, the Museum of Cultural History (KHM), the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Cultural Heritage Management Office.

Helstad is interested in medieval urban development and historical archaeology.
HesjedalAndersResearcher / archaeologistHigh NorthTromsø7775044397185394

Anders HesjedalResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 77750443Mobile: 97185394

Anders Hesjedal is a researcher at the High North Department. He holds a in archaeology from UiT – the Arctic University of Norway.

Hesjedal`s core competencies are in North Norwegian archaeology and cultural history, recording and documentation of cultural monuments. More recently he has investigated modern material culture. The point of departure has been a comparative approach toward cultural monuments in Norway from the Second World War and the Cold War, related to the more overall European case.

Hesjedal has previously worked as a researcher at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway and as a project manager for Troms County Council.  He has managed and participated in several projects focused on Norwegian and Arctic prehistory and history. 

HobækHalldisArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsBergen9228925292289252

Halldis HobækArchaeologist

Phone: 92289252Mobile: 92289252


Halldis Hobæk is an archaeologist and works at NIKU’s regional office in Bergen. She works mainly with administration, project management and archaeological investigations.

She has diverse experience from archaeological field work, such as visual surveys in outfield areas, search trenches, excavations and more. She has previously worked for Buskerud county and the University Museum of Bergen, among others. She also has experience from archeological investigations in medieval towns and the use of ArcGIS. From 2010 to 2014 she was part of the Assembly Project, a research project at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, focusing on assembly sites in Western Norway in the Viking age and the medieval period.

Hobæk has a master’s degree in archaeology from the University of Bergen, with a thesis on manorial structures around the royal manor Sem in Vestfold in the middle ages and late iron age. Scientific interest areas include the medieval and late iron age periods in general, landscape analysis, historical archaeology, combining archaeology and omomastic material, to name but a few.


Ellen Hole

Phone: 93679540Mobile: 93679540

HolmgaardSanne BechHigh NorthTromsø7775044640300339

Sanne Bech Holmgaard

Phone: 77750446Mobile: 40300339

Sanne Bech Holmgaard is a social anthropologist at the High North Department. She has worked at NIKU since 2014. Her work focuses mainly on impact assessments, social and cultural analysis and project management within the main focus areas of the High North Department.

Holmgaard’s primary research interests are traditional knowledge, indigenous peoples and minorities, climate change and social change in addition to postcolonial processes in a High North perspective.

Holmgaard has previously worked at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway and has experience with teaching, academic development and administration.  She has a BA in anthropology from the University of Copenhagen and a MA in social anthropology from UiT – the Arctic University of Norway.

Hvinden-HaugLars JacobSenior researcher / architectBuildingsOslo2335504992012424

Lars Jacob Hvinden-HaugSenior researcher / architect

Phone: 23355049Mobile: 92012424

Lars Jacob Hvinden-Haug has a PhD (Dr. ing.) and is an architect, and is employed as a researcher. He has been employed since 2006.

Besides his extensive experience of cultural heritage, through building archaeological surveys and cultural heritage of all periods, Hvinden-Haug has especially worked with the 17th and the 18th Century Norwegian architectural history in an international context and in the light of cultural history. This also applies to architecture related to interior and garden history. He is experienced with projects abroad.

Hvinden-Haug graduated as an architect from Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), and presented his PhD (Dr. ing.) dissertation in 2008; "The older Baroque in Norway – Typology and Use 1660-1733".


HøllelandHerdisResearcher / archaeologistHeritage and SocietyOslo23 35 50 5198094273

Herdis HøllelandResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23 35 50 51Mobile: 98094273

Herdis Hølleland (PhD) is researcher II at NIKU, where her fields of research are international heritage management, including UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention and EU/EEA, heritage economy and tourism.

Herdis studied archaeology, social anthropology and heritage studies at the University of Oslo, University College London and Cardiff University. She has conducted research in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Norway.
JantschAnn KathrinArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim93466200

Ann Kathrin Jantsch

Phone: Mobile: 93466200

Ann Kathrin Jantsch is an archaeologist who specialises in osteoarchaeology (skeletal analysis); she works at NIKU's regional office in Trondheim, where she started in June 2016.

She has a cand. philol. (second cycle) degree and was educated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Lund University. Her dissertation was on skeletal remains from the colonial era in Argentina.

Ann Kathrin has accumulated extensive experience in cultural heritage conservation, in the spheres of management, planning, development, signage and maintenance, field work, exhibition and dissemination She has been involved in small and large projects on both national and international levels and has extensive experience with control registration for the county authorities. In recent years, she has worked on cultural heritage conservation at the municipal level, for example she was involved in the development of a municipal sector plan for cultural heritage sites and environments.

Her fields of interest include the protection and use of cultural heritage, development and value creation, increasing knowledge about cultural heritage in the government administration , tombs from more recent eras and issues pertaining to tithing. She has published papers on human skeletal remains and burial customs.

At NIKU she works as a consultant on the coordination, planning and implementation of archaeological research in surveillance, excavation and environmental monitoring projects.
JernæsNina KjølsenActing Head of Department / Paintings conservatorConservationOslo2335525241411353

Nina Kjølsen JernæsActing Head of Department / Paintings conservator

Phone: 23355252Mobile: 41411353

Nina Kjølsen Jernæs is a paintings conservator NKF-N and has worked at NIKU since 2008.

Jernæs’ main areas of work are examination, condition assessment, and conservation of paintings on canvas, panel, and polychrome sculpture, with focus on art and interiors in churches. At NIKU Jernæs has been project manager for a number of projects of variable size. Jernæs most often works on projects where the employers are the Directorate for Cultural Heritage or private owners.

Jernæs received a master degree in art conservation from the University in Oslo in 2008. The last semester was undertaken at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.
Within her MA study and in later works Jernæs has focused on paintings with the motif “The Passion Clock”, a Scandinavian 18th century phenomenon that is found in a number of churches and in private collections.


JohansenLise-Marie ByeHead of department / archaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo2335504348137516

Lise-Marie Bye JohansenHead of department / archaeologist

Phone: 23355043Mobile: 48137516

Lise-Marie Bye Johansen is an archaeologist and has been working at NIKU since 2005. Johansen works mainly on archaeological excavation projects in Oslo, but also on projects relating to environmental monitoring.

She has been project manager for both large and projects, all related to the city development of Bjørvika in Oslo.

She has a lot of experience in planning and carrying out archaeological projects on building sites. Lise-Marie is a graduate of the University of Oslo.

JohansenTrudeFinancial ConsultantStaffOslo23355031/ 92421169

Trude JohansenFinancial Consultant

Phone: 23355031/ 92421169Mobile:

Trude Johansen is a financial consultant at NIKU.

Trude started at NIKU on 1 April 2016. The support she provides includes setting up and monitoring projects, accounting and bookkeeping, approval of travel expenses etc. for the following departments: Archaeological Investigations, The High North Department and The Department for Digital Documentation, Cultural Heritage and Landscape (DCL).

'Trude has worked in accounting and finance since 1999. Prior to joining NIKU, she worked in project management for Lloyd's Register Consulting.

Bjørn Johansen

Phone: 23355028Mobile:

Bjørn V. Johansen is an art historian, specializing in architecture and the applied arts. He has further education in ethnology and museum studies. He has been a NIKU employee since May 2016.

Johansen’s key expertise is in 19th and early 20th century architecture. He is particularly interested in the historical and social context of buildings, as well as their immaterial meaning within the frames of landscape or cityscapes. Over the past ten years the architectural heritage of the University of Oslo has been a main occupation, including management, restoration and recreation of historical interiors.

Johansen has a long experience within the field of museums. Documentation, research, collection management, teaching and outreach activities have been some of his activities at museums like the Cultural History Museum and the Natural History Museum of Oslo. He has also been a curator at the National Museum of Norway and is a regular participant in broadcasts by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK). Before joining the staff of NIKU, Johansen spent twelve years as head of the University History Museum, University of Oslo.

Susanne KaunConservator

Phone: 23355046Mobile: 46921158

Susanne Kaun is a conservator of murals and architectural polychromies.

Her areas of work are architectural paint research as well as the conservation and restoration of wall paintings and decorations on walls. She is an advisor on the issues related to plaster work and surface treatment/paint. In addition, she has specialized in the application of handheld XRF-analysis and digital documentation.

Kaun has previously worked as a freelancer in the field of conservation and restoration of wall paintings in Germany, Austria and Norway.  

Kaun completed an apprenticeship as painter in Germany (1994) before she graduated as conservator in 2003 at the University of Applied Science Potsdam (Germany) in the field of conservation and restoration of wall paintings and polychrome architectural surfaces.

KemptonHanne MoltubakkPaintings conservatorConservationOslo2335503492831416

Hanne Moltubakk KemptonPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355034Mobile: 92831416

Hanne Moltubakk Kempton is paintings conservator at NIKU.

Her field of work is condition assessment and treatment of paintings, polychrome sculpture, monumental art/church art and other painted surfaces. She has experience with analytical techniques for identification of pigments and binding media in paint. She is involved in NIKUs project on x-ray fluorescence (handheld XRF instrument).

Previously she has worked as paintings conservator at Mauritshuis in the Hague (2008), at the Munch Museum (2008) and at the University of Oslo, where she worked with Edvard Munchs monumental paintings in the festival hall (2009-2010).

Kempton has a Master degree in paintings conservation from the University of Oslo (2000-2008).

KolsbergKirstenFinancial ConsultantStaffOslo2335501192069166

Kirsten KolsbergFinancial Consultant

Phone: 23355011Mobile: 92069166


Kirsten Kolsberg is Financial Consultant in NIKU


KristiansenMonicaArchaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo2335506997083320

Monica KristiansenArchaeologist

Phone: 23355069Mobile: 97083320

Monica Kristiansen is an archaeologist at NIKU. Her main tasks are the digital documentation of cultural heritage sites, surveying, mapping and the presentation of the archaeological contexts. She has experience in monitoring, trenching and excavating in medieval cities and is also working at archaeological monitoring projects in Tønsberg and Oslo. Kristiansen has been involved as an archaeologist at the University of Tromsø and the Tromsø Museum – Universitetsmuseet. Monica holds a master’s degree in Archaeology from the University of Tromsø, as well as a master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Studies from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

Tatjana Kristoffersen

Phone: 23355212Mobile:

LedenSivAdviser / Master of ArchitectureBuildingsOslo23355206

Siv LedenAdviser / Master of Architecture

Phone: 23355206Mobile:

Siv Leden has a Master's degree in Architecture from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with further education in restoration, building conservation and architectural history from the Royal Institute of Art, Sweden.

She has been employed at NIKU since March 2015. Specialising in conservation of cultural monuments, her field of expertise includes legislation, assessment of cultural heritage value, documentation and the preservation and restoration of buildings.

Leden has extensive experience working with national conservation of cultural heritage. She worked for twelve years as a senior advisor at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, working primarily with conservation regulation / the Cultural Heritage Act and the Listed Buildings Project, listed churches and restoration of nationally significant buildings. From 2012-2014, Leden worked in the Museums Section of the Arts Council Norway, developing a method for prioritisation regarding the conservation of museums’ collections of buildings. She also has experience working for architectural firms and in communal building application procedure.


LindblomIngeAdviserHeritage and SocietyOslo90880041

Inge LindblomAdviser

Phone: Mobile: 90880041

Inge Lindblom is scientific advisor and researcher; engaged at NIKU since 2001. His main focus is Environmental Impact Assessment, in a national and international setting. In addition, Lindblom is highly involved in cultural heritage related to slum development in a global world.

Lindblom is Master of Arts from the University of Oslo. He has earlier worked as assistant professor at the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger, researcher at the University of Oslo and managing director at ProArk AS (consultancy firm).

His field of interest is interdisciplinary criteria for value and heritage valuation, the meaning of cultural heritage in multicultural societies, the potential of added value and economic growth in old city centres in developing countries. He is also interested in the meaning and significance of environmental impact assessment for the cultural heritage authorities.

Currently, Lindblom's research project is: "Cultural diversity as a framework for building and maintaining sustainable Cultural Heritage" (case study: Cape Verde).

His research at NIKU includes several international projects, such as "Border areas and fringes: desertification and cultural heritage in South West Oman" and "Slum expansion in the light of municipality borders and political incidents, Jinja, Uganda". Lindblom's research projects consider different aspects of Environmental Impact Assessment, such as quality, quality change over time and myths and attitudes amongst the actors.

LorvikKatharinaArchaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsBergen93204665

Katharina LorvikArchaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 93204665


Katharine Lorvik is an archaeologist who specialises in osteoarchaeology (skeletal analysis). She has worked at NIKU's regional office in Bergen since 2008.

Lorvik's main responsibilities include project planning and the execution of archaeological studies, skeletal analyses and the registration of cultural sites and monuments. She has experience of archaeological investigations and the recording of prehistoric and medieval findings, urban excavation, drilling in relation to environmental monitoring, investigations of cemeteries and the use of digital tools (GIS). Lorvik has worked on projects both in Norway and internationally.

She has an MA in Archaeology from the University of Bergen, which included a combination of courses in archaeology, cultural conservation and communication, and social anthropology. Lorvik specialised in osteoarchaeology and forensic archaeology at universities in Sweden and the UK.

LønnumMarie LouiseDirector of financeManagementOslo2335515498203096

Marie Louise LønnumDirector of finance

Phone: 23355154Mobile: 98203096


Marie Louise Lønnum is the Director of Finance at NIKU.

MartensVibeke VandrupResearcher / archaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo2335501792466628

Vibeke Vandrup MartensResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355017Mobile: 92466628

Vibeke Vandrup Martens is an archaeologist and a researcher (Forsker III) and has worked at NIKU since 2006.

Her research focuses on preservation conditions for archaeological deposits, geoarchaeology and in situ preservation within the framework of the research projects; “Archaeological Deposits in a Changing Climate. In Situ Preservation of Farm Mounds in Northern Norway” (In Situ Farms) and  “In Situ Site Preservation of Archaeological Remains in the Unsaturated Zone” (In Situ SIS). Both projects are financed by the Research Council of Norway, the former additionally part financed by the Fram Centre for Polar Research. Martens is attached to the VU University of Amsterdam as a PhD candidate. She carries out environmental monitoring projects both within and outside the urban areas and conducts archaeological excavations in the medieval towns.

Martens has published papers on deposit monitoring, rural medieval settlements and on medieval pottery. She is an active participant at international archaeological conferences, and she holds positions both in the board and the editorial board of Collegium Medievale.

Martens holds master’s degrees in medieval archaeology from the University of Lund (Sweden) and Aarhus University (Denmark). Her work experience as an archaeologist, curator and researcher comes from the Museum of Cultural History in Lund, the Copenhagen City Museum, the Government of Åland, the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo and Vestfold County Archeology.


MathesonIngridPaintings conservatorConservationOslo2335500992884501

Ingrid MathesonPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355009Mobile: 92884501

Ingrid Grytdal Matheson is a paintings conservator at NIKU.

Her main field of work includes condition surveys as well as conservation and restoration work on paintings on canvas or wood. She has broad experience with the conservation of both large scale and easel paintings, ranging from 16th century to contemporary art. In recent years she has been engaged in projects related to public art management. At NIKU she has been project manager for a number of projects.

Matheson has previously worked as a paintings conservator at the National Museum of Art (2002-2003) and the Munch Museum (2004-2007). She has a Degree in Conservation from the University of Oslo (2000 – 2003).
McLeesChristopherResearcher/archaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim40494415

Christopher McLeesResearcher/archaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 40494415

Chris McLees is an archaeologist and researcher, employed in NIKU since 1995.

Based at NIKUs district office in Trondheim, his chief area of responsibility is the planning and supervision of archaeological excavations and surveys in the medieval town of Trondheim and its region. McLees has managed and directed urban archaeological projects in Trondheim, Tønsberg and Tromsø, as well as church excavations and churchyard surveys in the counties of South-Trøndelag, Nordland and Møre and Romsdal. He has also acted as advisor to excavations in the mining town and UNESCO World Heritage site of Røros. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD stipend affiliated to a major interdisciplinary research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council and led by NIKU (The post-medieval archaeological resource in and around Norwegian towns: heritage potential, protection and management), which examined the management of, and research into, post-medieval archaeology in Norway.

McLees’ publications cover a number of areas within the sphere of historical archaeology, including gaming, monastic archaeology, metalworking, minting, archaeological theory and method, the major excavations in the Archbishop’s Palace, Trondheim and Tønsberg’s harbour area, and the management of, and research into, post-medieval archaeology. In addition he has written about traces of pre-urban Iron-age settlement found within the city of Trondheim.

Prior to being employed by NIKU, McLees had acquired a number of years’ experience of archaeological fieldwork in Norway and abroad. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in archaeology from The Queen’s University, Belfast.
MengshoelKarenPaintings ConservatorConservationOslo2335521441518639

Karen MengshoelPaintings Conservator

Phone: 23355214Mobile: 41518639

Karen Mengshoel is a paintings conservator at NIKU.

Her main areas of interest are investigations, condition assessment and conservation of painted surfaces on panel and canvas.

She has previously worked at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (2007), The Munch/Stenersen Museum (2007-2008), and at the University of Oslo, where she carried out analyses, documentation and conservation treatment on the Aula frieze by Edvard Munch (2008-2011).

Mengshoel has a BA in Cultural- and Social studies, and completed her MA in paintings conservation from The University of Oslo with an internship at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva.


MeyerReginResearcher / archaeologistBuildingsOslo2335520195267675

Regin MeyerResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355201Mobile: 95267675

Regin Meyer is an archaeologist, specializing in medieval archaeology, building archaeology and building preservation.

His work focuses mainly on stone buildings and ruins from the Middle Ages. This includes the interpretation of building constructions and remains in their original context, and in addition condition analysis and formulating plans of action. He is also involved in documentation and survey projects where advanced technology is involved, such as laser scanning and geophysical methods.

Meyer has a master degree from the University of Oslo and studies in medieval history and medieval archaeology at the University of St Andrews and the University of Lund. His previous employment has combined field archaeology with practical restoration on medieval buildings and ruins.
MorickeWencheHR AdviserStaffOslo2335515192059525

Wenche MorickeHR Adviser

Phone: 23355151Mobile: 92059525

Wenche Moricke is an HR adviser at NIKU.
MyrvollElin RoseHead of department / researcher / archaeologistHigh NorthTromsø7775042495062570

Elin Rose MyrvollHead of department / researcher / archaeologist

Phone: 77750424Mobile: 95062570

Elin Rose Myrvoll is the Head of the High North Department in Tromsø, and has worked for NIKU since 1999.

Myrvoll's main areas of expertise are in northern Norwegian and Sami archaeology and cultural history, GIS (geographic information systems), landscape analyses, impact assessments, and the recording and documentation of cultural monuments.

Myrvoll previously worked in cultural heritage management in Finnmark county, and spent two years at the Várjjat Sámi Museum/Nesseby muncipality. She has managed and participated in several projects focused on northern Norwegian and Sami cultural history.

Myrvoll holds a PhD from the University of Tromsø.

NæssMarius WargResearcher / Social anthropologistHigh NorthTromsø77 75 04 4190721907

Marius Warg NæssResearcher / Social anthropologist

Phone: 77 75 04 41Mobile: 90721907

Marius Warg Næss is a researcher at the High North Department. He has a PhD in anthropology from UiT – the Arctic University of Norway.

He works interdisciplinary at the intersection of social science and ecology. His primary focus is on natural resources use and how developing adaptive management systems require the integration of knowledge from the social and natural sciences. He has broad experience working both quantitatively and qualitatively with particular focus on Saami reindeer husbandry and nomadic pastoralists in Tibet. Specifically, he has been concerned with understanding how: (1) labour investment and cooperation influence pastoral production; (2) pastoral decision-making affects herd dynamics; and (3) nomadic pastoralists manage environmental risk.

More recently, he has been using a comparative approach to investigate: (1) the rationale and consequences of governmental management policies; (2) the effects of climate change; and (3) how governmental management policies may both exacerbate the negative effects of climate change and transform traditional social institutions.

Key qualifications:
High North, Tibet, nomadic pastoralism, reindeer husbandry, Tibetan pastoralism, risk management, adaptation, labour and production, mobility/land use, cooperation and conflict, game theory, human ecology, human behavioural ecology, climate change, policy, social organisation, quantitative and qualitative method, interdisciplinary approaches, traditional knowledge, theoretical modelling.

Næss has previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow/researcher at the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo.

NauErichArchaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo23355023

Erich NauArchaeologist

Phone: 23355023Mobile:

Employed at NIKU since 2015, Erich Nau is an archaeologist who works primarily with geophysical prospection in archaeology. He has worked as a field archaeologist since 2006. His main area of expertise and current field of research is the application of motorized geophysical prospection (Ground Penetrating Radar, Magnetometry) in a landscape archaeological framework.
In his previous post at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection in Vienna, he worked on the development of motorized prospection devices and was responsible for several large-scale prospection projects throughout Europe (Vestfold in Norway, Yorkshire in the UK, and projects in Serbia and Austria). In addition, he took part in other prospection projects such as the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project and the 3D documentation project at the Bronze Age site of Akrotiri on Santorini.
He also has expertise in stratigraphic excavations and their full 3D documentation using laser scanning and photogrammetry. He was field leader on several archaeological excavations in Austria, including an excavation at the School of Gladiators in Carnuntum, and was responsible for the digital documentation of excavations in Birka (Sweden) and Duggleby Howe (England). He holds a master’s degree in prehistory from the University of Vienna.
NesseSigurdICT CoordinatorStaffOslo2335521091738376

Sigurd NesseICT Coordinator

Phone: 23355210Mobile: 91738376

Sigurd Nesse works as  ICT system administrator.
NjåstadArildICT coordinatorStaffOslo2335515293466993

Arild NjåstadICT coordinator

Phone: 23355152Mobile: 93466993


Arild Njåstad works as  ICT system administrator.

NomeikaiteLaimaHuman Geographer and Urban PlannerHeritage and SocietyOslo2335503893423077

Laima NomeikaiteHuman Geographer and Urban Planner

Phone: 23355038Mobile: 93423077


Laima Nomeikaite is a city planner and human geographer, engaged at NIKU since 2016. She has a master’s degree in human geography with a particular focus on heritage, tourism and local/regional development from the University of Bergen. 

In recent years she has worked on a variety of projects related to culture, urban development, heritage research and urban planning. She has experience from diverse planning processes in the field of urban planning, including public consultation, policy recommendations, implementation and management of municipal and commercial developments.  She has carried out projects related to policy impact assessments, concept development, location analysis and land-use planning. Her main work experience in the heritage field is related to research and urban planning projects aimed at the planning and management of cultural heritage and the use of cultural heritage as a cultural, political, societal and economic resource.

She is particularly interested in the interlink between heritage, arts, city and space/place.

OldhamMarkArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsOslo984 63 258

Mark Oldham

Phone: 984 63 258Mobile:


Mark Oldham is an archaeologist who has been employed as the department’s project coordinator since January 2017. His main areas of responsibility are NIKU’s guidelines for archaeological fieldwork, and providing support to archaeological projects run from all of NIKU’s offices.

He has varied archaeological field experience from the UK, Spain, Peru, the UAE and Norway. Before Mark started at NIKU in 2015, he worked for Oppland and Hedmark county authorities, Oslo City Heritage Office and the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.

Oldham has an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, an MA in Archaeology from University College London and an MA in Cultural Heritage and International Development from the University of East Anglia. His specialist interests are in urban archaeology, public archaeology and heritage management.

OlstadTone MarieResearcher / Paintings conservatorConservationOslo23355026

Tone Marie OlstadResearcher / Paintings conservator

Phone: 23355026Mobile:

Tone Marie Olstad is a senior paintings conservator and researcher. She has been employed in NIKU since 1994. Her main work areas are climate and ecclesiastical art, condition assessments, architectural paint research and international collaboration. Between 1994 and 2010 she was, together with representatives from NTNU and the Directorate for Cultural Heritage, responsible for The International Course on Wood Conservation Technology. She was a member of the steering committee of the Cost Action Wood science for Conservation of Cultural Heritage between 2007 and 2011 (COST-action IE0601), and is at present taking part in work within CEN TC 346, which is  developing European  standards within  the conservation of cultural heritage.

Olstad workeded as a paintings conservator at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (1985-1994). She  has worked as chief executive officer at the ABM-utvikling /NMU (a governmental centre for archives, libraries and museums) now a part of Arts Council, Norway (1999) and held the position as head of conservation section at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo (2004-2006).

Olstad holds a craft certificate as cabinet maker, and studied art history at the University of Oslo before taking her diploma as paintings conservator in 1985.

PaascheKnutHead of department / researcher / archaeologistDigital documentation, Culture Heritage and LandscapeOslo2335521199511510

Knut PaascheHead of department / researcher / archaeologist

Phone: 23355211Mobile: 99511510

Dr Philos. Knut Paasche is an archaeologist and researcher; he is also head of the Archaeological department and the department of Digital Documentation, Cultural Heritage and Landscape at NIKU.
Paasche has worked as an archaeologist for more than 25 years, four of these as county archaeologist in Buskerud County. He has led many archaeological excavation- and registration-projects all around Norway. He has archaeological experience of all periods from the Stone Age, through the medieval period and up to modern times. His specialities are primarily the Viking period and the Middle Ages with a main focus surveying heavily stratified cultural heritage sites and the excavation of medieval towns. In addition, he spent four years working on ship archaeology and deputized as collections manager at The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Later, Paasche, in addition to creating and proposing a new reconstruction of the Tune ship, led a research project on a new documentation and reconstruction of the Oseberg ship.
His current research focus is primarily on methodological approaches to archaeology and includes new opportunities and technical innovations for improved field documentation: satellite recording, electronic scanning and geophysical methods. Paasche is furthermore head of the Norwegian part of the "Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological prospection and Virtual Archaeology", and several project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Paasche holds a Master degree in Nordic Archaeology with focus on the Middle Ages. In his doctoral thesis he wrote about the documentation and reconstruction of archaeological objects, using a reconstruction of the Tune ship as an example.

Paludan-MüllerCarstenGeneral DirectorManagementOslo2335501093266841

Carsten Paludan-MüllerGeneral Director

Phone: 23355010Mobile: 93266841

Carsten Paludan-Müller is General Director at NIKU.

He is particularly focused on the institute's framework conditions and strategic directions for research and disciplinary development. Paludan-Müller also works to promote NIKU's international involvement and to further develop its network.

For years, Paludan-Müller has lent expertise to the Council of Europe's work on developing and following up on the conventions on cultural heritage.

He is a member of the “Deutsches Archäeologisches Institut”; a scientific adviser for CRIC, which is a project on cultural heritage and conflict funded by the EU and coordinated by Cambridge University; a member of the Board of the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo; and a member of the Board of the "Miljøalliansen" ("Environmental Alliance", the interest organisation for the environmental research institutes).

Paludan-Müller has had a long career in Denmark as a county archaeologist, museum director and as a director in Danish national cultural heritage management. He held a one-year British Council Scholarship at Cambridge before completing his magister (second cycle) degree in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Copenhagen.
PetersénAnna HelenaResearcher / archaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim40550126

Anna Helena PetersénResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 40550126

Anna Petersén is an archaeologist and researcher. She is stationed at NIKUs office in Trondheim and has worked for NIKU since 1997. Petersén works mainly with medieval archaeology, and in particular with urban excavations in Trondheim, and has long time- experience in the management of large scale excavations. She also works with projects relating to archaeological deposit monitoring and is one of NIKUs specialists in this field. Petersén has published articles on this subject and is involved in one of the Institutes’ research project, In Situ Site Preservation of Archaeological Remains in the Unsaturated Zone” (In Situ SIS), financed by The Research Council of Norway.

Petersén is born in Sweden and has a degree from the University of Uppsala and Lund.

RasmussenJosephineResearch CoordinatorStaffOslo23355203

Josephine RasmussenResearch Coordinator

Phone: 23355203Mobile:

Josephine Munch Rasmussen is NIKU’s research adviser since 2016. Together with NIKU’s Research Director, she assists the development, progress, and finalization of NIKU’s research projects. Her responsibilities include facilitating and motivating the researchers’ publishing activities, and coordinating reports of NIKU’s research activities in central registers, Cristin and Brage.

Josephine has a PhD in archaeology from the University of Oslo (2014), and has published on subjects such as museology, cultural property and heritage legislation. As a former employee at the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren) she has worked on a wide range of heritage management issues. She is also an experienced teacher on the subject of cultural heritage, and has contributed to the development of courses and programmes at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Police University College. In addition to her position at NIKU, she currently teaches a course on heritage, material culture and conflict for master students at the University of Oslo.
RavnaZoiaPhD studentHigh NorthTromsø77750445

Zoia RavnaPhD student

Phone: 77750445Mobile:

Zoia Vylka Ravna, has an MA in visual anthropology and is a doctoral student in the research project “Human-Animal Relations Under Climate Change in Northern Eurasia (HUMANOR)”.

The topic of her research is to examine the processes and channels for transmission of traditional knowledge from mothers to children in Nenets societies. To follow the regulatory requirements of the modern Russian education system, Nenets children have to stay for nine months of the year at a boarding school. The available time and processes for learning traditional knowledge are as a result shortened to only three summer months. It is therefore important to find out what kind of knowledge they manage to possess and acquire, and if this short time is enough to learn the knowledge and skills needed in order to succeed as a reindeer herder and nomad in the challenging arctic environment. Another important focus of this investigation is to see if girls in particular, are coming back to live on the tundra after twelve years away.

ReedIanResearcher / archaeologistArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim92266779

Ian ReedResearcher / archaeologist

Phone: Mobile: 92266779

Ian Reed is an archaeologist and research scientist, and has worked at NIKU since 1994.

He is employed at NIKUs district office in Trondheim where his work is mainly concerned with planning and carrying out archaeological excavation within the medieval town of Trondheim. He has been project manager for a large number of excavations in Trondheim and several in Tromsø. In addition he has been responsible for the documentation of archaeological work at a number of medieval church sites in the counties of Møre and Romsdal, South and North Trøndelag and Nordland. He has also worked with finds recording and the development of a recording system.

He is a specialist on medieval and later ceramics, and has written a book about the post-medieval pottery industry in the counties of Trøndelag. He has further published a number of articles on the medieval pottery found on excavations in Trondheim and Tønsberg. In addition he has published articles on the environmental monitoring of archaeological deposits.

Reed has experience of archaeological fieldwork both in Norway and abroad, amongst others several years work in York. He has participated on the archaeological excavations in Trondheim since 1971 and was for many years archaeologist and assistant office manager at the Directorate of Cultural Heritages office in Trondheim.

Reed studied History at St. John’s College, York (part of Leeds University).


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Dominique Sellier

Phone: 23355062Mobile: 94054520

Dominique Sellier is an urban planner.

He has extensive experience as an urban planner in Paris, and is specialised in sustainable urban planning and green buildings. In recent years, he has been head of a department for the Forecasting and Ecological Transition Unit of the Environmental Regional Agency in the Paris region; ARENE.

Dominique also has broad European experience, and has been involved in several projects related to sustainable development and culture, such as his work on an inventory of best practices in the Paris region, with examples of cultural heritage and existing historical records.

His fields of interest are connected to the contribution of cultural heritage to urban planning, with the challenge of densification and the concurrent preservation and valorisation of the local identity. Lately, he has been working for private developers on feasibility studies for the development of a neighbourhood in the inner city of Oslo.

Before he started at NIKU, he was a project manager responsible for local architecture policies at DoGA and Norsk Form.

Dominique has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, and from the Francois Rabelais University in Tours.
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Véronique SimonResearcher/architect

Phone: 23355056Mobile:

Véronique Karine Simon is an architect and a researcher working at NIKU since 2015.

She has a national diploma DPLG in architecture from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Grenoble in France (2002), and a PhD in Landscape Architecture from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences at Ås (2012). She worked as a consultant architect in France (2002-2005), and as an architect and landscape architect in the private sector in Norway (2005-2006, 2013-2015).

Her key competencies are in landscape research and landscape analysis, concept development, feasibility studies, participation and planning processes. She has experience with architectural registration in the urban environment as well as with research and analysis of cities and towns. She also has experience in land-use planning and zoning process. In addition, she has extensive experience in illustration and drawing techniques, both traditional and program-based. Her area of expertise is particularly linked to development issues and planning processes in fragile environments. Her research focuses on how space arises as a result of various activities and how people understand, use and evaluate their environment. She works on the development of analytical methods which allow for analysing the qualities and values of landscapes and cities.

She is currently participating in several research projects and commissioned projects aimed at planning and impact assessment, and analysis of cultural monuments and sites.

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Joar SkredeResearcher / sociologist

Phone: 23355064Mobile: 91756866

Joar Skrede is a sociologist and researcher II at NIKU. He is generally concerned with cultural analysis, with particular emphasis on the relation between culture and capital. He works empirically with how cultural heritage is used for culture-led urban regeneration purposes.

Skrede holds a PhD degree from Aalborg University (2014). In his thesis “The Value of Culture. Discourse Approaches to Culture, Capital and Urban Change”, Skrede analyses the debate that ensued from the decision to relocate several museums in Oslo, and how culture relates to the concept of sustainable development. He has also studied political rhetoric elaborating on the need to merge culture and business in order to create economic growth. Skrede is concerned with the intricate mechanisms at play between cultural, economic and political interests. His research interest is placed in the intersection between cultural sociology, discourse studies and urban studies.

Skrede has previously been employed at the Oslo and Akershus University College.

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Christina SpaarschuhPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355066Mobile: 47994790

Christina Spaarschuh works as a paintings conservator at Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research and holds a Diploma-degree in conservation, art technology and conservation science from the Technical University in Munich. Her main field of work includes condition surveys; conservation and restoration work on paintings on canvas or wood.

Spaarschuh has broad experience with the conservation of large scale paintings such as Kai Fjell’s monumental decorations at the former Oslo airport in Fornebu, but also church art from the renaissance and baroque periods. In recent years she has been engaged in projects related to public art management. Currently she is working on a research project on “The Use and Preservation of Public Art in Oslo’s Schools” which connects her background as a conservator with perspectives within cultural heritage management, cultural politics and art mediation. She also has experience with x-radiography of artworks.

Spaarschuh previously worked as a freelancer in the field of paintings and polychrome sculpture conservation in Munich, Germany.


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Jan Michael StornesSenior engineer

Phone: 23355030Mobile: 97063980

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Kirsti Elisabeth SundetSecretary

Phone: 23355013Mobile: 90658747


Kirsti Elisabeth Sundet is a secretary, receptionist and file clerk at NIKU.

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Grete SwensenSenior researcher / ethnologist

Phone: 23355045Mobile:

Grete Swensen is an ethnologist and senior researcher, and has worked in NIKU since 2000. Her field of interest is the study of the relationship between people and the environment.

Many of her studies have a social history profile, whether studies rooted in issues related to the processes of change in the urban landscape, the built environment in rural areas or in cities. Cultural historic knowledge is used to shed light on the processes of change that take place in contemporary society. Recently, much of her research has been focused on how cultural heritage can be included as components of the current physical planning, including integration of cultural heritage in a vibrant urban development.

She has been project manager for several research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council as well as research coordinator in three strategic institute programs in NIKU. She has also taken part in the methodological development of vulnerability analysis in the built environment. She emphasizes the need for multidisciplinary research and the use of qualitative methods.

She has previously worked at the University of Oslo, in the museum sector (Industrial Workers Museum in Rjukan, the county museum in Akershus) and has also been head of research in the Norwegian Research Council's Research Programme on Cultural Heritage (FOK program, 1989-1993).

Grete Swensen has a doctorate in ethnology and defended it in 1996 with the thesis 'Modern but obsolete? The non-governmental organisations' building activities in formative perspective 1870-1940'.

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Matthew ThomasResearcjer/ Anthropologist

Phone: 77750164Mobile: 48125389

Matthew Thomas is an anthropologist whose work involves a combination of social science, ecology and evolutionary biology.

As a researcher for NIKU and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), he is investigating how mobility, kinship, reciprocity, reputation, social conventions and traditional knowledge underpin cooperation among Saami reindeer herders. He is also exploring how Saami social organisation is being affected by shifting land use rights and climate change.

Matthew has a PhD in anthropology from University College London.

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Alma ThuestadArchaeologist

Phone: 77750440 Mobile:


Alma Elizabeth Thuestad is an archaeologist at the High North Department and has been with NIKU since 2005.

Thuestad’s core expertise is within North Norwegian and Sami archeology and cultural history, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and remote sensing. Thuestad works with archaeological applications of GIS and remote sensing. Her current work primarily focuses on methodological approaches to mapping and monitoring cultural heritage sites, and historic land use in the High North. Other assignments include spatial planning and environmental impact assessment.

Thuestad has a cand. philol degree from the University of Tromsø and has extensive experience from excavations and surveys in Northern Norway.


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Per Underhaug

Phone: Mobile: 97131649


Per has a Master's Degree in Archaeology from the University of Bergen, which included courses on the history of religion and history.

He has previously worked on archaeological investigations such as pit excavations, mechanical monitoring, removal of top surfaces and excavations for Bergen Museum and NIKU. Per has extensive work experience, ranging from Stone Age digs to material from the Middle Ages.

He is particularly interested in stratigraphy, the formation of stratigraphic layers and how the study of material culture can contribute to an understanding of society.  He also considers archaeological dissemination to be of particular importance for cultural heritage work.


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Edwin VerweijPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355042Mobile:

Edwin Verweij is an architectural paint researcher and conservator.

He examines historical interiors, executes condition reports and advises on conservation related subjects dealing with painted surfaces within building conservation.

His main areas of expertise are decoration methods and technics used in Norway and abroad, especially from the 18th century, with an emphasis on historical colour schemes and the analyses of the materials used.

He was self-employed from 1998 and worked on several projects within the field of architectural paint research and conservation in The Netherland, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. He has a degree in museology (1990) and conservation of paintings, painted objects and historical interiors (1998) in The Netherlands.

He works at NIKU since 2007 and as is currently an assistant coordinator for the working group Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decoration of ICOM - Committee for Conservation.

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Barbro WedvikPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355024Mobile: 97790789




Maj-Britt WikstølJanitor

Phone: 23355014Mobile: 40226684

Maj-Britt Wikstøl is the caretaker for NIKU in Oslo.

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Thomas WrigglesworthCommunications Officer

Phone: 95877882Mobile: 95877882

Thomas Wrigglesworth is NIKUs Communications Officer. He is responsible for the communication strategy, for press and media relations and also for the website and social media channels.

Thomas has a Masters degree in European Studies from University of Bath and Charles University Prague. He has worked with communications and politics for a number of employers including the University of Bergen, the European Commission, the European Council and the Ombudsman for Children in Norway.
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Anne Apalnes ØrnhøiPaintings conservator

Phone: 23355050Mobile: 93655942

Anne Apalnes Ørnhøi is a paintings conservator NKF-N and has worked at NIKU since 2008.

Ørnhøis main areas of work are examination, condition assessment, and conservation of paintings on canvas, panel and metal, in addition to polychrome sculpture and modern art. At NIKU Ørnhøi has been project manager for a number of projects for, amongst others, The Astrup Fearnley Museum, Directorate for Cultural Heritage and private owners.

Ørnhøi has previously worked as a paintings conservator at the Munch Museum (2007). Ørnhøi received a master degree in art conservation from the University in Oslo in 2006.