Vegard Vike

Head Engineer - Archaeological conservation
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Mobile phone +47-95821322
Visiting address Kabelgata 34 Økern næringspark 0580 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 6762 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo

Work tasks

Conservation of archaeological objects, mostly metals and wet organic finds. Many of these are iron objects from pre-christian graves, especially from the viking age. Large amounts of leather and wooden objects from medieval towns are also treated. In addition there is exhibition work, preventive conservation and revision of stored collections.

Academic interests

  • Conservation of archaeological iron
  • X-ray examination
  • Object photography
  • Metallographic analysis ('Brynjevev': UiO semester thesis 2000, Bibsys)
  • Handcrafting in the Viking Age and the medieval period.
  • Experimental archaeology: crafting of shoes and leather, forging of tools and weapons.
  • Weapons of the Viking Age: typology, production and use.


  • Major subject (Storfag) in Object Conservation at the Conservation Studies, University of Oslo (1998-2001).
  • Grunnfag and Mellomfag in Nordic Archaeology at the University of Bergen (1996-1997).


Web articles

  • The ornate sword from Langeid - mystical signs inlaid with gold bedeck the magnificent hilt of the Langeid sword - a Viking weapon infused with Christian symbolism.
  • The Langeid broadaxe - streamlined and elegant, but at the same time a powerful lethal weapon to rival even the sword as the symbol of a warrior.
  • Langeid grave 8 - a house for the dead. This extraordinary grave contained the ornate sword and the broadaxe from Langeid.
  • A Viking sword from Lesja - still sharp this sword was found by reindeer hunters far into the mountains of Oppland in Norway.
Tags: Conservation, Understanding of Objects, Reconstruction, Viking Age, Middle Ages


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Published Sep. 11, 2012 2:25 PM - Last modified May 31, 2022 7:30 PM