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Research groups

The MCH research groups are solidly anchored in the the research strategy of the museum. They are annually granted funds from the MCH Research Council, to promote collective activities that develop the subjects under study. Each research group have several projects that interact and contribute to a dynamic development of the work undertaken.

Archaeological research is currently standing at an important crossroad created by the move towards Open Science and Big Data.

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The research group PrehCOAST at the Museum of Cultural History (MCH) is part of the International Research network (IRN) «PrehCOAST – Coast-inland dynamics in hunter-gatherer societies». This network aims at studying the role of prehistoric coastal zones – as connector of the sea and the inland – in an international, comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

Cultural objects are increasingly being traded through international criminal networks. So-called ‘illicit objects’ can originate from war and conflict areas, illegal metal detector finds, theft from museums, and older collections with unknown provenance. In Norway, we are seeing an increasingly serious threat to cultural heritage. Prevention of cultural crime and research in the field requires collaboration between researchers, museums, government institutions, state administration and international NGOs.

How do objects, places, spaces or practices get a place in ‘the global museum’? This project seeks to take advantage of what we as a museum already know and do; as the entire academic staff of the Museum of Cultural History in various ways engages in heritage making; as advisors to the Directorate of Cultural Management, as archaeologists, as keepers of collections, as conservators, as curators, exhibition designers, as storage administrators, or as anthropologists. To discover our strengths, 'Housing Heritage' suggests a joint comparative exploration of what such ‘makings’ of cultural heritage, world heritage, museum objects and archaeological objects have in common.

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3D models are revolutionary data which expand our capacity to perceive information and to test new and innovative research methodologies.

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This research group will explore the materialities of power grounded in contemporary social theory, and in ways that will broaden the basis for scrutiny of political process.