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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.

The Centre for Viking-Age Studies (ViS) is working on a number of projects on the Viking Age, aiming to explore the extensive changes in the Scandinavian societies in the period AD 700-1100. Mobility, economics, technology, identity, ethnicity, demographics and centralisation are keywords of our research.

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.

Read more about the project "Pioneers of North-Western Europe" at the project pages.

The research team aims to strengthen research on landscape utilisation and settlement history in the Iron Age (BC 500- 1000 AD), and link this more closely to the results from the Museum of Cultural History (MCH) excavations. How have people adapted to the landscape, and which strategies have been chosen in different types of social and topographical landscapes?

The research group is closely connected to the archaeological investigations within the E18-project Rugtvedt-Dørdal, Bamble, Telemark. However, the topics discussed are of interest to all researchers interested in Stone Age and coastal studies.

The aim of the project “The Economy of Salvation in the Middle Ages” is to get closer to an understanding of individuals practising their religion in their encounter with the church, priest and Catholic liturgy. Key issues for us are: How did people understand their lives on earth and what were their perceptions of salvation? What was needed to achieve salvation and a place in heaven? What means did mediaeval people use to attain salvation in their encounter with church, priest and liturgy? What was the economic role of offerings for church revenues, financial transactions and monetisation in mediaeval society?

Research group affixed to the excavation project of E18 Tvedestrand-Arendal at The Museum of Cultural History.