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Research projects

The research projects of the MCH explore thematics within the three strategic research ares of the museum and are often connected to one or more of the research groups of the MCH.

The point of departure for the reasearch projects of the MCH is the relationship between research, administration and dissemination of research, and the unique opportunities of the museum to perform basic research on objects and collections which are defined as cultural heritage, and their places of origin.

Current projects

  • ADED – Archaeological Digital Excavation Documentation

    ADED establishes a repository for Norwegian excavation data, and makes it available for queries and download.

  • Image may contain: Sky, Cloud, Water resources, Plant, Natural landscape. Avaldsnes Royal Manor Project

    The main research aim is to investigate the royal manors’ position in the early Norwegian kingdom, as well as in the kingdom’s prehistory in the first millennium AD.

  • Screenshot of an image database BItFROST

    Bridging Research Across Heritage Studies.

  • DIRE – Data Visualization Remote Access

    DIRE will afford a more effective access to the best infrastructures for 3D visualisation at the University of Oslo through coordinating access to equipment. It will use new technology to encourage advanced use through remote access to virtual infrastructures.

  • Exhibition Architecture Project

    The project investigates how an exhibition, its objects and architecture balance artistic fascination, spiritual experiences and dogmatic content in one and the same room.

  • A drawing of a boy. Historicizing Intelligence

    The purpose of this project is to study the historical development of intelligence tests, IQ-scales and concepts of intelligence that such tests are based on, and have helped to produce.

  • Image may contain: Blue-collar worker. Human Sacrifice and Value

    Why human sacrifice? The primary objective of the project is to generate a greater working knowledge of the nature of human sacrificial rituals as contextualised through the perspective of value. The project will forge a deeper understanding of the social mechanisms underpinning the slippery relationship between sacred acts of sacrifice and profane forms of violence.

  • Two people working outside on an archaeological site. HumGIS

    The purpose of the HumGIS project is to establish an e-infrastructure and researching tools that enables researchers in the humanities to georeference their own data.

  • Logos of IPERION-HS and E-RIHS IPERION-HS

    Towards a European research infrastructure for heritage science.

  • Image may contain: earthenware, Ceramic. The impact of food culture in Medieval towns (FOODIMPACT)

    This project is the first major study of urban food culture in medieval Norway. Our main research question is: how did food culture facilitate the emergence of an urban identity?

  • Illustration of a burial mounds. Thing Site Project Hove-Hundorp

    What kind of place was Hundorp in Gudbrandsdalen in pre-Christian times?

  • UniMus:Kultur

    UniMus:Kultur will create a new version of the common artefact database that has been in use since 2004.

  • Image may contain: Cloud, Sky, Plant, Tree, Natural landscape. Viking Nativity: Gjellestad Across Borders

    The research project Viking Nativity: Gjellestad Across Borders aims to contextualise this exciting Viking ship burial and the Gjellestad site historically and explore its socio-political dimensions.