Did archaeologists in Oslo recently stumble upon a discarded learning aid? The person who inscribed these runes was most likely still learning how to write.
We undertake archaeological excavations, investigations and registrations in the medieval towns of Norway.
Excavations and finds
NIKU has carried out more than 1,000 archaeological excavations in Norway since 1994.
Environmental monitoring is a relatively new field of study in archaeology.
Skeletal analysis (osteoarchaeology)
Archaeological excavations often uncover human remains such as unburnt bones and skeletal remains from cremations.
NIKU provides national expertise in church and monastic archaeology.
Lise-Marie is the head of department for archaeologyContact Lise-Marie
Here are some examples of our projects
Modern archaeology and heritage management needs to prepare and respond to climate change, says researcher and archaeologist Vibeke Martens.
Archaeologists reveal that Central Trondheim in Norway has been hiding a boat grave.
Archaeologists working at the St.Clement excavation in Trondheim recently found a unique 11th century crucifix.
When archaeologists in the autumn of 2016 found what is probably the remains of the church of St. Clement, it was a small sensation. The finding was made in Søndre gate in Trondheim city center, and in February this year, the archaeological investigations continued.
Archaeologists in Norway find the church where the Viking king Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint. The find is sensational because it confirms Norse saga accounts of important events that occurred at the dawn of Christianity in Norway.
Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway are amazed by the discovery of a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Sagas.