Digital documentation, Culture Heritage and Landscape

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    Last name     First name     Position     Department     City     Phone     Mobile
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.

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.

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.

EngtrøDag-ØyvindArchaeological excavations Archaeological excavationsTrondheim45283585

Dag-Øyvind Engtrø

Phone: Mobile: 45283585

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.