Metal detecting

During the last few years, private metal detecting has increased significantly. The number of metal finds retrieved and handed in to the care of the Museum of Cultural History has tripled within the last five years.

Rules or guidelines concerning metal detecting are not mentioned in the Cultural Heritage Act [English version: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dokumenter/cultural-heritage-act/id173106/], but this activity can still be in conflict with the very intention of the Act: to protect archaeological heritage against damage and harmful actions. The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage has created national guidelines for private metal detecting, as well as a form for reporting such finds, available at: https://www.riksantikvaren.no/Tema/Arkeologiske-kulturminner/Metallsoeking (not available in English).

As a supplement to these guidelines, the Museum of Cultural History has its own policy for private metal detecting, which is available via the link below. The museum is committed to ensure a best possible collaboration between the metal detectorists and heritage management, which is why the museum has compiled a guide to the best practice for metal detecting.

Published May 15, 2018 10:47 AM - Last modified May 15, 2018 10:51 AM