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Wooden building NIKU's archaeologists remove a medieval wooden building from the route of the Follo Line railway

The Follo Line Project

The new Follo Line railway between Oslo and Ski will go through the remains of Oslo’s medieval city, an area dominated by railway infrastructure since the 1870s.  NIKU’s archaeologists have been investigating route’s medieval archaeology since 2013 in preparation for the forthcoming construction of the railway culvert.

The archaeological investigations that are taking place now are the biggest in Oslo’s medieval city for over a hundred years, and have revealed a large number of buildings, streets, and other infrastructure such as wells, drainage systems, traces of farmland, and property divisions – as well as thousands og artefacts.

NIKU’s excavations in connection with the Follo Line project are scheduled to continue into 2018.

  • Status
    In progress
  • Client
    Bane NOR
Graves from St. Nicholas' Church Osteoarchaeologist Anne Østergaard Jensen excavates a skeleton from a double grave.
Wall Stone wall from the Middle Ages - perhaps from the Bishop's Palace?
Street Medieval street in Oslo
Medieval wall The archaeologists believe that this stone wall is from the Bishop's Palace.
Cleaning It is important to clean the surfaces of walls - there may be mason's marks or tool marks hidden under the dirt.
Archaeology Archaeology is also hard work!

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